The 2013 Super Bowl Results are in from the Mercedez Benz Superdome in New Orleans with the Baltimore Ravens beating the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in what has been dubbed the Blackout Bowl. The win gives Ray Lewis his second Vince Lombardi Trophy in the last game of his Hall of Fame career. It was the first time the San Francisco 49ers organization lost a Super Bowl they appeared in, they were 5-0 heading into this game. The line on this game opened with the 49ers -5 point favorites with a OVER/UNDER of 49 points, but this spread and Total were quickly bid down to San Francisco -3.5 points and 47 Total points. The Super Bowl payouts on the moneyline were very profitable for Ravens backers with bettors getting anywhere from +145 odds (Bet $100 to win $145) to +210 odds (Bet $100 to win $210) but most savior bettors, like myself, grabbed both of these teams before the NFC Championship games kicked off when the Niners were +160 odds (instead of a -170 odds favorite today) and the Ravens +675 odds! Be the first to bet on the 2014 Super Bowl.
The Ravens won the coin toss which came up heads and elected to start off on defense. The Ravens defense shut down San Francisco’s offense in their opening series. Anquan Boldin opened up the game with his 4th touchdown this postseason for the first score of the game. The 49ers did much better in their second drive marching down the field setting up kicker David Akers to hit a 36 yard field goal. Baltimore safety Ed Reed injured his knee when trying to tackle San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis after a 24 yard reception in the series. Reed was seen heading to the locker room during the kick off return. Davis hurt his elbow on the same play. The 1st Quarter Ended with Baltimore beating San Francisco 7-3.
The second quarter started with San Francisco allowing a punt to go into the end zone, getting the touch back and starting on the 20 yard line. After a few plays running back LaMichael James fumbled after linebacker Courtney Upshaw stripped the ball. The Ravens recovered the ball on theor own 25 yard line. It was the second fumble for James this postseason. The turnover was costly as quarterback Joe Flacco marched Baltimore down the field and threw a 1 yard touchdown to tight end Dennis Pitta giving Flacco his 10th touchdown in the postseason and no interceptions. On the very next drive, San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw an interception to Ed Reed on the 49ers 44 yard line. It was the first time a Niners quarterback has thrown an interception in a Super Bowl. Not the kind of statistic you want to be known for if you were Colin. Reed now has 9 career postseason interceptions which tied him for the most in postseason history. After driving down the field, kicker Justin Tucker faked the field goal and ran to the outside left side but was stopped 1 yard short of the first down marker. It was the first time a fake field goal was attempted in Super Bowl history. Despite the turnover on downs, the Niners offense was unable to move the ball and punted. Right after the two minute warning, Flacco threw a 56 yard bomb on third down to wide receiver Jacoby Jones for a touchdown. Jones only had one touchdown during the regular season and this score gave him his second of the post season. The touchdown gave Flacco his 11th of the postseason tying him Joe Montana and Kurt Warner for the record. The Niners were able to move teh ball into the red zone but settled for a 26 yard field goal by Akers to end the first half. The 2nd Quarter Ended with Baltimore beating San Francisco 21-6.
The biggest comeback after halftime in Super Bowl history was 10 points. The odds makers had the second half lines showing San Francisco -7 points with the OVER/UNDER 24.5 points. The second half money lines were San Francisco -350 odds and Baltimore +290 odds.
On the opening kick off of the 3rd quarter Jacoby Jones ran the kickoff back 108 yard for the touchdown. Jones ran the full 109 yards in 11 seconds and set a record with the longest return in Super Bowl history. Right after the power went out in the stadium which delayed the game by 35 minutes. It was 3rd and 13 once play finally resumed but the Niners threw a pass short of the first down and were forced to punt to Jones again which he let go into the end zone for a touchback. San Francisco’s defense forced the Ravens offense to punt on the next series, a moral victory to say the least. Once they got the ball back on their 20 yard line, they methodically marched down the field with Kaepernick throwing a 31 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Crabtree putting San Francisco into the end zone for the first time on the night. On the next series, Flacco took a sack on their own 7 yard line forcing a punt from their own end zone to Ted Ginn Jr. The blocking lined up for Ginn to bounce outside and he took it down to the Ravens 20 yard line. On first down Vernon Davis caught a 14 yard pass for a first down taking him over 100 yards on the night. Running back Frank Gore ran the ball in for a score. Just that quick the momentum in the game has changed. Once back on offense, the Ravens running back Ray Rice caught the ball in the flat but had it knocked out causing him to fumble the ball on his own 24 yard line which was recovered by the 49ers. It was his third fumble of the post season. The Ravens defense held the San Francisco offense from getting in the defense setting up a 39 yard field goal attempt by Akers which he missed. But the Ravens ran into the kicker, a costly 5 yard penalty which set up a second attempt of 34 yards which he hit on the second attempt. Baltimore got the ball back and quickly drove deep into the Niners 18 yard line as the clock expired. The 3rd Quarter Ended with Baltimore beating San Francisco 28-25.
The Ravens kept their new found pace with Boldin catching a big catch to give them first and goal but the Niners defense held forcing Baltimore to kick a 19 yard field goal by Justin Tucker. The field goal gives the Ravens a one score lead, which is why they decided not to go for it on 4th and goal from the 1. San Francisco was able to drive the length of the field on the back of Gore and Davis but it was Kaepernick that ran in a touchdown from 15 yards out on 2nd and 7. They went for a two point conversion but it failed. Wide receiver Anquan Boldin continued to be Flacco’s primary target on the next series but Baltimore was also running the ball trying to kill the clock. On one particular play during the drive the Ravens were awarded a first down by Jim Harbaugh challenged the spot and won. So on 3rd and 1 the Ravens checked out of a run play and threw to Boldin who was in man coverage for a big first down reception. The challenge if lost would have left the 49ers with only 1 time out in the final stretch of the game while trailing. After a few costly penalties by the defense, the Ravens were forced to send Tucker kick a 38 yard field goal 5:38 minutes off the clock with 4:19 to play in the game. Kaepernick and Gore were able to get the ball down to the Ravens 7 yard line heading into the 2 minute warning. The Ravens defense held the Niners out of the end zone on the first two downs and then Kaepernick got a delay of game penalty forcing them into 3rd and long which did not convert. They were for it on 4th & Goal but the pass in the end zone was incomplete. The Ravens decide to take the safety on 4th down and worked 8 seconds off the clock leaving just 4 seconds in the game. Baltimore punted the ball from their own 20 yard line but Ginn was tackled as time ran out. The 4th Quarter Ended with the Baltimore Ravens beating the San Francisco 49ers 34-31.
The 2014 Super Bowl Odds are already out and the Baltimore Ravens are 12 to 1 odds while the San Francisco 49ers are listed as the co-favorites with the Denver Broncos at 7 to 1 odds. Right now is the best time to place a bet on Super Bowl 48 because the lines will certainly tighten up on the favorites as we get closer to the start of next season as betting action starts coming in on all of the futures.