Super Bowl 47

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The Baltimore Ravens cemented their reputation as an elite NFL franchise with a 34-31 upset win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, covering as 4.5-point underdogs in the club’s second Super Bowl victory in its short 17-year history.

After a strong 12-4 regular season finish in 2011, the Ravens entered the 2012 NFL campaign sporting solid 18/1 odds to win the Super Bowl at the sportsbooks.

Baltimore proved to be one of the NFL’s top teams through Thanksgiving, winning nine of their first 11, before struggling to finish the regular season at 10-6, earning their second straight AFC North title.

The Ravens used stingy defense to shut down a potent Indianapolis attack in a statement 24-9 win over the Colts on Wild Card Weekend, covering as 7.5-point favorites.

Pegged as heavy nine-point underdogs, the Ravens needed double-overtime to upset the Denver Broncos 38-35 in a thrilling Divisional Playoff win, before topping the New England Patriots 28-13 in the AFC Championship Game, a matchup they entered as 15/2 longshots in Super Bowl betting.

The Niners opened their campaign as 5/1 Super Bowl favorites at the sportsbooks, compiling an 11-4-1 regular season record to capture the NFC West title.

San Francisco needed to overcome an early 14-7 deficit to get past the Green Bay Packers 45-31 in a Divisional Playoff win highlighted by QB Colin Kaepernick’s stunning performance, throwing for 263 yards and two TDs while running for an additional 181 yards and two TDs.

The 49ers again had to play catchup in their NFC Championship Game matchup with the Atlanta Falcons, erasing an early 17-0 deficit to post a 28-24 win on a pair of Frank Gore second-half TD runs.

The Niners got off to a slow start in their first Super Bowl appearance in 17 years. After falling behind 28-6 early in the third quarter, a power outage at the Louisiana Superdome led to a lengthy game delay. The pause energized the 49ers, who responded with 17 unanswered points, rekindling fan interest in what was shaping up to be a Ravens blowout.

But it was too little too late for San Francisco, who were stymied by a Ravens defense that held the line late in the game, shutting down the 49ers on four straight plays inside their own seven-yard line to seal the win.

Baltimore pivot Joe Flacco, who completed 22 passes for 287 yards and three TDs, was named Super Bowl MVP and became the fourth straight QB to take home the honors.