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Super Bowl XLVII Highlights

The recently-concluded Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, Louisiana on 3 February is success at the very highest level of football. If your body is the fittest it can be, you will be able to change your life dramatically. The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers are living proofs of this.

Take for example, the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens. Each player received a bonus of $ 88,000 for winning. No NFL team can succeed if it cannot surpass its opponent in terms of physical and mental prowess. 

Coming into the Super Bowl, Baltimore beat the Indianapolis Colts 24-9 in the Wild Card Round. They went on to beat Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos 38-35 in two overtimes in the AFC Divisional Round behind Justin Tucker’s 47-yard field goal. The Ravens then dispatched the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game 28-13 to advance to the Super Bowl.

San  Francisco drew a bye in the first round because its record of 11-4-1 was the second-best in the NFC. The 49ers edged out the fabled Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round 45-31. In the NFC Championship game, they came from behind to edge out the  Atlanta Falcons on the road 28-24.     

When Super Bowl XLVII finally commenced, it certainly lived up to the hype.

Alicia Keys promptly kicked things off with a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. At two minutes and thirty-five seconds, it is the longest in the history of the Super Bowl.  

The first half was all Baltimore. Quarterback Joe Flacco, an endorser of Dymatize supplements, three nifty touchdown passes to give the Ravens a 21-6 edge. The one that stood out was the 56-yard strike to wide receiver Jacoby Jones, a New Orleans native.   

Jones beat the San Francisco secondary and caught the pass from Flacco as he lay on the Superdome turf. The ball didn’t touch the ground so he galloped toward the left side of the end zone as he rose up, putting his team up by 18 before a San Francisco field goal closed the gap to 15 at the intermission.

The Super Bowl halftime show is always known for its glitz. This year’s rendition certainly didn’t disappoint with famous R&B singer Beyonce leading the way. Many football enthusiasts hailed it as one of the best there ever was. 

When the second half unfolded, it seemed the Ravens were destined to put the 49ers away for good. Jacoby Jones was the punt returner and promptly sped toward the end zone untouched—good for a 109-yard punt return for a touchdown. This is the longest in Super Bowl history. Ravens up big, 28-6.

However, San Francisco clawed its way back. Wide receiver Michael Crabtree caught a 31-yard heave from quarterback Colin Kaepernick to cap off a seven-play, 80 yard drive to close the gap to 28-13. The 49er defence held up and running back Frank Gore ran the ball in for a six-yard touchdown to whittle the deficit even further. 

The two teams then traded field goals before overnight sensation Kaepernick ran the ball 15 yards into the end zone to make it 31-29 in favour of the Ravens. 

Kicker Justin Tucker of Baltimore then made another field goal before the 49ers scored on a safety during the dwindling moments of the game. San Francisco simply did not have the luxury of time as it had to overcome a big deficit. 

In the end, the Baltimore Ravens emerge victorious 34-31. They win their second Super Bowl trophy to cap off legendary Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis’ stellar career. Quarterback Joe Flacco was declared Super Bowl MVP. 

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