Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/4/13
What started off as a bit of a blowout, turned out to be one of the best Super Bowls in recent history.Both teams had their share of big plays, the Ravens more so in the first half, where they scored 28 of their 34 points.San Francisco came roaring back as they’ve done all postseason, scoring 25 points in the second half, falling just short of their sixth Super Bowl title.Each team made plenty of plays that were momentum killers, and builders.San Francisco stopping Baltimore’s fake field goal attempt in the second quarter, gave the 49ers life again. Their last two possessions had ended in turnovers. A LaMichael James' fumble in the red zone essentially took points off the board.A Colin Kaepernick interception on their next offensive snap could have doomed the team as momentum was mounting against them. But Instead of going down by two touchdowns they now had the chance to pull within four before the half.  With the ball on the 6 yard line and 3:05 left, Kaepernick and the offense went 3-and-out. After a run play on third and long, the Ravens called a timeout right before the two minute warning, and that was the beginning of the end for the Niners.The timeout changed the game because the Ravens, up 11 with a little over two minutes in the half could have easily played it safe. Taking a few kneel downs and going into the locker room knowing you would get the ball back to begin the second half would have been understandable. The Ravens were aggressive though. Just like the thinking behind the fake field goal, the Ravens wanted to mount a large lead, and be able to build on it in the second half.Baltimore began the next drive at their own 44. They had momentum, time, and a quarterback playing the best football of his life. Joe Flacco was peaking at the right time, and John Harbaugh and his staff were fully aware of this.The first two plays of the series were incomplete passes. Then maybe the biggest play of a game full of big plays happened. Speedster Jacoby Jones got behind the San Francisco defense with ease, running right by a seemingly confused Chris Culliver. Flacco stepped up in a collapsing pocket and threw the ball 50 yards in the air.Waiting at the 10 yard line was Jones, who caught the ball then fell, got up and shook two defenders to score an improbable touchdown. This was the back breaker for the 49ers.Uncharacteristic play all game by San Francisco made that pass to Jacoby Jones hurt that much more. Penalties, missed tackles, and turnovers all doomed the Niners chances.The Jones touchdown was the climax of their short comings. They looked to be out of their element all night. So with two minutes and 56 yards of field behind them to defend, they gave up a touchdown. The defense widely regarded as the best in football this year, did not live up to the standard they set for themselves.San Francisco did come roaring back to make it a game, a sign of a great team. They will be back in contention for years, with such a young nucleus. But this was Baltimore’s night, and they knew it.The Ravens' entire sideline expected to go score a touchdown before half, and they did. The momentum looked to have changed with the Jacoby Jones catch and score. But the real swing was when John Harbaugh and his staff decided against playing it safe, and instead played for the win. 
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