Super Bowl XLVII featured a number of firsts … and one notable last … as the AFC champion Baltimore Ravens challenged the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers for gridiron supremacy. The contest took place on February 3, 2013 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana — the 10th Super Bowl held in the Big Easy — tying Miami's record for most games in an individual city. For the first time, Super Bowl XLVII pitted brother against brother, as 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh took his 11-4-1 squad against his older brother, John Harbaugh, head coach of the 10-6 Ravens. The fraternal match-up led many fans to dub the contest the "Harbowl." Both teams came into the contest with undefeated records in previous championship games (Baltimore, 1-0; San Francisco, 5-0). The 49ers, however, had a chance to make NFL history in the game as they were going after the sixth Super Bowl win in team history; a victory would have tied the team with the Pittsburgh Steelers for most Lombardi Trophies captured by a franchise. Not to be outmatched, Baltimore went into the game looking for a win in memory of owner and founder Art Modell, who had died at the beginning of the season, as well as for veteran linebacker Ray Lewis. The last member of the inaugural 1996 team, Lewis had announced that this game would be his last as a professional football player.
Behind five-year veteran quarterback Joe Flacco, Baltimore took an early lead in front of more than 71,000 fans, with Jacoby Jones eventually returning the ball 17 yards to the Ravens 49-yard line, before scoring on Flacco's 13-yard touchdown pass to receiver Anquan Boldin. San Francisco, led by QB Colin Kaepernick, responded with a 62-yard, 12-play drive that would eventually cut the score to 7-3. Penalties and turnovers early in the game, however, would frustrate the 49ers, though on the last play of the half, David Akers kicked his second field goal to cut San Francisco's deficit to 21-6. On the second-half kickoff, Jones returned the ball for 108 yards—the longest play in Super Bowl history and one that tied an NFL record (already held by Jones, Ellis Hobbs, and Randall Cobb) for the longest kickoff return. With Baltimore now leading 28-6 and the 49ers beginning their drive, a bizarre power outage in the stadium caused a 34-minute stoppage in play. Once the game resumed, San Francisco mounted a comeback that cut the deficit to 28-20. Later in the second half, following Randy Moss' 32-yard reception and a 21-yard burst by Frank Gore, Kaepernick took the ball across the goal line on a 15-yard run for the longest touchdown run by a QB in Super Bowl history. A two-point conversion failed, however, leaving the 49ers trailing 31-29. The Ravens would thwart the 49ers in each of the four chances they had to take a lead late in the game, and hold on to win 34-31. Thanks to the power outage, the game was the longest Super Bowl in history (4 hours and 14 minutes). Both teams combined for a Super Bowl-record 312 kickoff return yards, while the 49ers became just the second team to lose the Super Bowl while scoring more than 30 points. For his efforts, Flacco was named the game's MVP