Super Bowl report card: Ravens 34, 49ers 31

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Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was named MVP of Super Bowl XLVII.
Evan Vucci/AP Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was named MVP of Super Bowl XLVII.
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Impact player

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was steady, and though Jacoby Jones had two of the biggest plays in the game, it was Flacco's ability not to crack during the 49ers' comeback that helped the Ravens hold on vs. the 49ers.

Under the radar

Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin made one clutch catch after another using savvy moves to get free, finishing with six catches for 104 yards. When he wasn't open, it didn't matter because of his strength and size.

Did you notice ...

How little pressure San Francisco defensive end Aldon Smith applied? He finished with 19? sacks this season but was not a factor at all thanks to the Ravens' offensive line. Smith moved around a few times, but it didn't matter.

From the sidelines

You have to admire how Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers came back from a 28-6 deficit with some creative counters and misdirection runs. But clock management hurt them, as did questionable play calls. It cost them a chance to win.

The Ravens did a terrific job defending the zone read inside runs by Frank Gore, though they struggled vs. the pass. Credit coordinator Dean Pees for a good game plan for much of the game. But they got lost at times vs. the pass. The offense kept a good rhythm much of the game.

jkeim@washingtonexaminer.com

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