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The Baltimore Ravens have beaten the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII. Beyonce performed, there was a power outage - and the game was a classic. This is how the drama unfolded.

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A power surge plunged half of the Superdome in New Orleans into darkness during the third quarter, halting play for around half an hour.

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And that's a wrap. A Ravens side inspired by quarterback Joe Flacco has won Super Bowl XLVII. The final score was 34 -31.

MVP ... Joe Flacco holds up the Vince Lombardi trophy after inspiring his team to victory.

MVP ... Joe Flacco holds up the Vince Lombardi trophy after inspiring his team to victory. Photo: Getty Images

Ravens legend Ray Lewis, who is playing his last game, said: "It's simple. When God is for you, who can be against you. There's no greater way for a champ to go out."

Joe Flacco has been named MVP. "It's unbelievable I tell you what we don't make it easy," he said.

"We did this for them back home. We can't wait to get back [to Baltimore] for the parade."

Coach John Harbaugh said of his team: "It's never pretty, it's never pretty, but it is us."

He said he told his brother, 49ers coach Jim, that he loved him and that his sibling wished him congratulations.

Ravens majority owner Steve Bisciotti has been presented with the Vince Lombardi trophy.

Colin Kaepernick threw for 302 yards, one touchdown and one interception. But this was Joe Flacco's Super Bowl. The Ravens quarterback threw for 287 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Star man ... Joe Flacco is lifted up by his teammates.

Star man ... Joe Flacco is lifted up by his teammates. Photo: Getty Images

That was an incredible fightback by the 49ers, but they left themselves too much to do. In the end, there was just an arm's length in it ...

So close ... the ball was just out of the reach of Michael Crabtree after Colin Kaepernick launched the ball into the end zone on fourth and goal.

So close ... the ball was just out of the reach of Michael Crabtree after Colin Kaepernick launched the ball into the end zone on fourth and goal. Photo: AP

And the Ravens have won! The 49ers attempted to run the ball back to the end zone but they were stopped in midfield. Final score: Ravens 34 - 31 49ers.

The Ravens play out their drive and concede a safety. Their punter wasted eight seconds running around in the end zone. There are now four seconds on the clock left for the 49ers to score a touchdown. Ravens 34 - 31 49ers.

The Ravens will kick it from their 20-yard line.

Huge play as Crabtree is whacked by the Ravens defence and drops the ball. Now it's fourth and goal. The game could hinge on this next play.

And it's incomplete. That looks like it should be the ball game for the Ravens. Brilliant defence on that play by the Baltimore outfit. There is one minute and 46 seconds left. The 49ers have only one timeout left. It's Ravens 34 - 29 49ers.

Kaepernick's throw is incomplete on second down. On third down there is a flag on the play. San Francisco had called a time out just before the ball was snapped. It'll be third down again in 30 seconds.

Kaepernick has just thrown it another 24 yards. That's over 300 yards for the game and eight plays over 20 yards. What a comeback from the rookie. The ball is on the Ravens seven-yard line. It's second down and goal. There are two minutes left in the match. This is an incredible game.

There's lots of talk out there about Beyonce's python, iguana and lace outfit. Apparently it was designed by little-known New Yorker, Rubin Singer.

Beyonce, Destiny's Child superbowl

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The pass is incomplete from Flacco and the Ravens are forced to go for a field goal. And Tucker knocks it over again - this time from 38 yards. The lead is now five points. Ravens 34 - 29 49ers.

And now the 49ers have been punished for having two men offside. It's third down and two on the 20-yard line.

Key play. It was third down and inches and Flacco threw it to his main man Boldin, who caught it despite being manhandled. Brilliant.

The last (and only) time the Ravens made the Super Bowl, they thrashed the New York Giants. If you fancy watching the whole game again after this one, here it is.

The two-pointer is missed. Kaepernick's pass is incomplete. But that 15-yard dash by the quarterback has the 49ers right back in it. It's Ravens 31 -29 49ers.

Touchdown! Kaepernick goes over for the 49ers. Amazing. He's so quick. The 49ers are going for a two-point conversion.

Kapaernick launches the ball 32 yards to Randy Moss. He makes it look so easy. The 49ers are pressing again.

Brilliant second half ... Colin Kaepernick.

Brilliant second half ... Colin Kaepernick. Photo: Getty Images

The Ravens kick off and the ball is returned to the San Francisco 24-yard line. There are 12 minutes 47 seconds left in the Super Bowl.

Beyonce busted out a monster half-time set. Here are some of the best pictures from her show.

Kelly Rowland, Beyonce Knowles, centre, and Michelle Williams perform during the Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show. Click for more photos

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Kelly Rowland, Beyonce Knowles, centre, and Michelle Williams perform during the Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show. Photo: Getty

A bit of breathing space for the Ravens. Tucker slots a 19-yard field goal, and the lead is back out to eight again. It's Ravens 31 - 23 49ers.

There's a break in play as the third quarter comes to a close. This is Volkswagen's controversial Super Bowl advert - a white man talking in a Jamaican accent.

It's all going wrong for the Ravens. Akers misses the field goal attempt for the 49ers after San Francisco are unable to capitalise on their field position. But there's a flag on the play and Akers is given a chance to kick again from five-yards closer.

This time there is no issue and the ball goes over. That's 17 points in a four minute 10 second stretch for the 49ers. Game very much on! Ravens 28 - 23 49ers.

Unbelievable. Ray Rice has his third fumble in the post-season and the 49ers have it again. Tarell Brown knocked it out of his hands. The 49ers are ready to strike again from the 24-yard line. The Ravens have had no energy since the power outage.

There's no doubt which team benefitted more from the power outage. Since the delay, the Ravens have had two drives and two punts.The game has been flipped on its head. The 49ers have regrouped and look like a different side.

Back in the game ... Michael Crabtree scores for the 49ers.

Back in the game ... Michael Crabtree scores for the 49ers. Photo: Getty Images

That's two touchdowns in two minutes and 21 seconds for the 49ers. And the field goal is good. Ravens 28 - 20 49ers.

Touchdown! The 49ers are over again. Kaepernick feeds Frank Gore who runs it into the end zone. Could this be the mother of all comebacks? It's Ravens 28 - 19 49ers with a field goal to come.

Flacco sacked on his own seven-yard line and the Ravens are forced to punt. And it's returned by Ted Ginn Jr to the 20-yard line. The momentum has definitely shifted since the power cut. The 49ers are first and goal.

Touchdown! Finally the 49ers get into the end zone. Kaepernick finds Michael Crabtree, who bumps off two Ravens defenders to get into the end zone. And the field goal is good too. That was an 80-yard drive engineered by Kaepernick. Ravens 28 - 13 49ers

Did I mention JACOBY JONES SCORED A 109-YARD TOUCHDOWN. Here he is celebrating.

Dancing to his own tune ... Jacoby Jones.

Dancing to his own tune ... Jacoby Jones. Photo: Getty Images

It's Ravens 28 - 6 49ers with just over 10 minutes of the third quarter left. The Ravens have punted and the 49ers have it on their own 20-yard line.

Twitter went bonkers over the power outage. SuperbowlLights now even have their own account.

 

It was 3rd and 13 for the 49ers, but it's only a gain of seven. The San Francisco side punt and the Ravens offence will resume from the 20-yard line. It has been 84 minutes since both the Ravens offence and 49ers defence have been on the field.

And play resumes after a 33-minute delay.

I'm nearly out of half-time shows. Michael Jackson showed how it should be done in 1993.

Tick-tock, tick-tock. That's 27 minutes and counting ....

Will this break knock the Ravens off their stride? I don't think so, but it'll certainly be interesting to see what happens after this stoppage. All the players have been made to stay out on the sidelines.

Lights out ... play is expected to restart in about 10 minutes.

Lights out ... play is expected to restart in about 10 minutes. Photo: AP

And for some more half-time classics - who could forget this Janet Jackson shocker?

Reports are the floodlight delay could be about 20 minutes.

Run Jacoby run ... here is Jones on his way to his amazing touchdown.

Record breaker ... Jacoby Jones scores a remarkable 109-yard touchdown.

Record breaker ... Jacoby Jones scores a remarkable 109-yard touchdown. Photo: AFP

That gives us a chance to look back at some previous half-time shows at the Super Bowl (and gives me some time to calm down after that brilliant play by Jones - it was just ridiculous).

Do you remember this? Here are NKOTB performing in 1991 with some kids dressed as mounties in front of a big white castle. Hilarious.

And now things get even more dramatic. There has been a power cut in half the stadium. Perhaps all that fire for Beyonce's performance drained the supply?

Touchdown! Wow. Jacoby Jones has just scored from the kick-off. He caught it in his own end zone and ran 109 yards. Unbelievable. That's the furthest kick return ever in the history of the league. This game could be over already. That's a huge blow to the 49ers.

The field goal is good as well. Ravens 28 - 6 49ers.

Paul Zalunardo: The second half will be starting soon. This is what Paul Zalunardo thinks of the first two quarters.

Colin Kaepernick finally looks like a rookie quarterback and Joe Flacco looks like the next Joe Montana.

That's the story of the first half of Superbowl XLVII.

Kaepernick - who had enjoyed a remarkable debut season to this point - is second-guessing himself and the hungry Ravens defence is loving it.

Flacco, on the other hand, is at the peak of his powers. His decisions are being made quickly and they have all been right. If the 49ers don't score the first TD of the second half this baby is done. Alex Smith, anyone?

And that's it. With the fireworks finished, the half-time show is over. No controversy a la MIA last year. A nice cameo from the Destiny's Child women. Beyonce emphatically proved she can sing live on the worldwide stage and chose her biggest, most famous songs. Classy to the end, she didn't end on a weak new tune she's currently trying to sell, but stuck with her classics.

Beyonce is now having a bit of a breather from the dance routines, but is still giving her vocals a work out with Halo, complete with fireworks.

Talk about solidarity ... Destiny's Child are now singing Beyonce's solo hit Single Ladies. Well they were. Now they've gone and it's just Beyonce again.

Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams have now joined Beyonce for a full Destiny's Child reunion. They are singing Independent Woman Part I (the song from Charlie's Angels). They are also surrounded by fire - and kind of on fire.

Star of the show ... singer Beyonce performs at the Super Bowl.

Star of the show ... singer Beyonce performs at the Super Bowl. Photo: Getty Images

Beyonce is performing rigorously choreographed dance routines, first with real dancers, and now with replicated video images of herself.

Music writer George Palathingal has joined me to watch the half-time entertainment. Beyonce defiantly sung a couple of bars of Love On Top a cappella to prove she's singing live after the Obama inauguration controversy. She then went straight into Crazy In Love, sadly without a cameo from Jay-Z, but still typically classy and potent

It'll be half-time entertainment soon, with Beyonce taking centre stage.

Beyonce follows in the footsteps of Madonna, whose performance had a higher TV rating than the average rating for the game.

This was one of the key moments of the game so far. It was a brilliant run and catch from Jacoby Jones.

Jacoby Jones collects a missile from Joe Flacco, before getting up and scoring a touchdown.

Jacoby Jones collects a missile from Joe Flacco, before getting up and scoring a touchdown. Photo: Getty Images

That's a missed opportunity for the 49ers. It was 3rd and two at the Ravens nine-yard line, but they couldn't capitalise. It looked like Kaepernick just dropped down on the floor on third down, but it officially goes down as a sack. The 49ers go for the field goal and it's good. Ravens 21 - 6 49ers.

And that's half-time. Excellent game so far (if you're a neutral or Ravens fan).

Touchdown! Amazing. Flacco launches it down field from his own 45-yard line. Jacoby Jones catches it about eight yards from the end zone, then gets up, wriggles past two 49ers defenders and crosses it into the end zone. Unbelievable.

Flacco has now thrown three touchdown passes in this match already. And the field goal is also good. Ravens 21 - 3 49ers. This 49ers team is used to being down, but this is a big mountain to climb, especially against this top class Ravens defence.

Our photo desk has put together a gallery of images of the Super Bowl. They will keep adding to it throughout the match.

Ed Reed of the Ravens holds the Vince Lombardi trophy. Click for more photos

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Ed Reed of the Ravens holds the Vince Lombardi trophy. Photo: AFP

I still can't get over the decision to run the ball. The field goal would have given the Ravens a 14-point lead. Time will tell if that was a brave or a stupid call from John Harbaugh.

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Remarkable. Field goal attempt by the Ravens was a fake and Tucker ran the ball. He was bundled out and the 49ers take over the ball on their own six yard line. There are just over three minutes left in the half.

This is one happy man. Dennis Pitta celebrates his touchdown.

Happy days ... Dennis Pitta celebrates his touchdown.

Happy days ... Dennis Pitta celebrates his touchdown. Photo: Getty Images

It's the first time ever a 49ers quarterback has been intercepted in a Super Bowl. The prolific Ed Reed was the man, completing his ninth career post-season interception, equalling the NFL record. Things are going from bad to worse for the 49ers.

That touchdown all started after a fumble by the 49ers' Courtney Upshaw on the Ravens' 25-yard line. We've seen the 49ers come back already in this play-off series, but do they have it in them again? The Ravens are looking ruthless.

Touchdown for the Ravens. Flacco picked out Dennis Pitta in the end zone. That's a remarkable 10 touchdown passes and no interceptions for the Ravens quarterback. And the field goal is also good. Ravens 14 -3 49ers

Anquan Boldin is a brilliant athlete. Here he is scoring the only touchdown so far.

Touchdown ... Anquan Boldin leaps through the air in the first quarter for the Ravens.

Touchdown ... Anquan Boldin leaps through the air in the first quarter for the Ravens. Photo: AP

First quarter quarterback stats. Flacco completed six throws from nine for 77 yards and a touchdown, while Kaepernick hit his target twice in four attempts for 43 yards.

It's advert time again. This one about a goat called Moose is pretty good ...

I seem to be jinxing these quarterbacks. Now it's Flacco's turn to be sacked. Ray McDonald grabbed hold of him on 3rd down and 13. The Ravens are out of field goal range. That's the end of the first quarter. Ravens 7 - 3 49ers.

It's the Flacco and Boldin show at the moment. The quarterback escapes the 49ers' blitz and picks out his teammate, who launches through the air to pull off a brilliant catch. The Ravens have gained 31 yards.

Alicia Keys's national anthem performance is already out on YouTube. What do you reckon?

Stats guru Nate Silver reckons the 49ers will win. This is why.

Time for more adverts. Here's Viva Young from Taco Bell...

David Akers kicks it over from 36-yard line. Ravens 7 -3 49ers.

Talk about speaking too soon. Kaepernick has been sacked by Paul Kruger. It's going to be a field goal attempt.

Kaepernick launches the ball and Vernon Davis catches it on the eight-yard line. It's a 24-yard gain. The 49ers quarterback is showing no sign of nerves. First and goal for the 49ers.

Colin Kaepernick takes off with the ball and runs to the Ravens' 43-yard line. Then he runs again to the Ravens' 37-yard line. The 49ers now have a 1st down on the Ravens' 33-yard line.

It's the first advert break. Check out what Audi have got to offer ...

And here's a bizarre space babies ad from Kia ...

Touchdown: The Ravens score on their first drive. Joe Flacco picked out Anquan Boldin. And the extra point is good too. Ravens 7 - 0 49ers

Touchdown ... Joe Flacco threw it to Anquan Boldin.

Touchdown ... Joe Flacco threw it to Anquan Boldin. Photo: AP

Well that's the end of the first drive. The 49ers are forced to punt after making a loss in yardage and the Ravens have decent field position on the 49-yard line.

Justin Tucker kicks off Super Bowl XLVII. It goes out through the back of the end zone. San Francisco will start their drive from the 20-yard line.

We can’t watch a Super Bowl involving the 49ers without mentioning San Francisco legend Joe Montana. I reckon Kaepernick will be happy if he’s ever half as good.

It's the coin toss at the 73,208 capacity stadium. The 49ers will receive.

Alicia Keys has just sung (and played on piano) the US national anthem. It seemed pretty good to someone tone deaf like me. Well, it couldn't have been worse than Christina Aguilera, who memorably got the words wrong ...

Legendary Ravens player Ray Lewis is retiring after this game. He’s undoubtedly one of the best linebackers to have played the game – and he’s undoubtedly one of the most divisive players to have played the game. He’s been indicted for murder before (charges which were later dropped in a plea deal), and this week he’s even been linked to doping. Click here to read The Guardian’s brilliant take on the Ravens star.

Playing his last game ... Ray Lewis.

Playing his last game ... Ray Lewis. Photo: Getty Images

Check out this typo. Brilliant.

Some advertisers are forking out a bonkers $US4 million ($3.85 million) for a 30-second spot during the most-watched US television event of the year.

There was always going to be one, and it's Mercedes that has gone with the tried and tested adage – sex sells. More than 6 million people have already watched its ad on YouTube. Check out if Kate Upton makes you want to buy one of the carmaker’s luxury motors ... or just go for a bubble bath.

Kaepernick wasn’t even the first-choice quarterback for the 49ers at the start of the season, but he hasn’t looked back since coming in for the injured Alex Smith. He’s quick, elusive and loves to run with the ball, setting an NFL record for most rushing yards - 181 - by a quarterback in any game in his side’s play-off victory over the Packers.

His trademark celebration, where he kisses his tattooed bicep, has even set off a social media craze  ...

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 12: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after running in a touchdown in the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Candlestick Park on January 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California.   Harry How/Getty Images/AFP Click to play video

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Forget Tebowing - now it's Kaepernicking

The latest photo pose social media craze sweeping the USA is inspired by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's touchdown celebration.

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Most eyes will be on the two quarterbacks, Colin Kaepernick, 25, and Joe Flacco, 28. Kaepernick has thrown for 1814 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, compared to Flacco's 3817 yards and 22 scores.

Two brothers have never coached against each other in the Super Bowl – until now. With John Harbaugh, 50, leading the Ravens, and his younger brother Jim, 49, in charge of the 49ers, this match has been dubbed the “Harbowl”.

And Jim’s not just good at getting the best out of football teams. Here he is acting on classic kids’ TV show Saved By The Bell. Hilarious.

One man who won’t be playing is Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was named the league’s most valuable player yesterday. Peterson came within nine yards of setting a single season NFL rushing record. Peterson, 27, rushed for 2097 yards, falling just short of the record set by Eric Dickerson of the Los Angeles Rams in 1984.

MVP ... Adrian Peterson.

MVP ... Adrian Peterson. Photo: Reuters

A handful of key battles are likely to decide the outcome of the match. Ben Volin, who is in the Big Easy, tells you what, and who, you need to look out for. Click here to read his analysis.

CBS has exclusive TV rights in the US this year. The broadcaster expects 111 million viewers to tune in to watch the game.

Here's a reminder of what happened last year ...

If the 49ers win at the Superdome in New Orleans, it will be their sixth title, equalling the record of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 49ers have never lost a Super Bowl match.

Check out their first win against the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XVI in 1982.

For those of you who don’t watch much American football, here is a basic beginner’s guide.

After heartbreaking losses in their Divisional Championship games last season, both the Ravens and the 49ers have made it one stage further this time around.

The 49ers overcame a 17-0 deficit to win a remarkable match against the Falcons to get to the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years. Here are some highlights ... in Spanish.

The 49ers are firm favourites among Australian betting agencies, with Sportingbet, Tatts.com and Centrebet all offering shorter odds on a victory for the San Francisco team.

But don’t rule out the Ravens, who made mincemeat of the highly-fancied Patriots on their own patch to get to the Super Bowl for the first time in 12 years.

The game kicks off at 10.30am (AEDT) and marks the end of a campaign which started in September.

The Ravens finished the regular season with 10 wins and six losses, topping the AFC North. In the play-offs, they beat the Indianapolis Colts 24-9, then the Denver Broncos 38-35, and finally the New England Patriots 28-13.

The 49ers finished the regular season with 11 wins, four losses and one tie, finishing first in the NFC West. In the play-offs they beat the Green Bay Packers 45-31 and then the Atlanta Falcons 28-24.

The game kicks off at 10.30am (AEDT) and marks the end of a campaign which started in September.

 

The Ravens http://www.baltimoreravens.com/ finished the regular season http://www.nfl.com/teams/baltimoreravens/schedule?team=BAL with 10 wins and six losses, topping the AFC North http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFC_North. In the play-offs, they beat the Indianapolis Colts 24-9 http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ravens-24-colts-9-214007528--nfl.html, then the Denver Broncos 38-35 http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ravens-38-broncos-35-2-023005213--nfl.html and finally the New England Patriots 28-13. http://careers.ap.org/dynamic/stories/F/FBN_AFC_CHAMPIONSHIP?SITE=FLSTU&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

 

The 49ers http://www.sf49ers.com/ finished the regular season http://www.nfl.com/teams/sanfrancisco49ers/profile?team=SF with 11 wins, four losses and one tie, finishing first in the NFC West http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NFC_West . In the play-offs they beat the Green Bay Packers 45-31 http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/sports/01/13/13/49ers-rout-packers-book-spot-nfc-title-game  and then the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 http://sports.yahoo.com/news/49ers-28-falcons-24-233007092--nfl.html.

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