No. 3: Super Bowl XLVII versus the Baltimore Ravens
The 49ers’ quest for six and perfect Super Bowl record finally took a hit in Super Bowl XLVII versus the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013.
To be fair, the Niners didn’t help their cause by digging themselves a 28-6 hole at the start of the second half, thanks largely to Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones’ 108-yard kick return for a touchdown.
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Was there holding on the play? 49ers fans will surely answer yes. And they’ll answer yes on that infamous fade route in the waning seconds.
More on that in a second.
Still, San Francisco began to stage what would have been an epic comeback, scoring back-to-back touchdowns from Michael Crabtree and Frank Gore to cut the lead to 28-23.
Baltimore would tack on a field goal, but quarterback Colin Kaepernick would answer back with a 15-yard touchdown run of his own. Ravens kicker Justin Tucker’s 38-yard field goal put Baltimore up 34-29, ensuring a field goal wouldn’t win it.
And then there was that failed fade route from Kaepernick to Crabtree. Holding? Perhaps. A game-winning memory for the ages? No.
The Ravens went on to win 34-31, handing the Niners their first ever Super Bowl loss.