- Mike Sando, NFL Insider
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Thanks to those who reminded me to produce a "Silver linings" file following the Super Bowl. It's taken most of the week, but here goes.
The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
Kicker David Akers, beneficiary of a running-into-the-kicker penalty, made all three field-goal attempts after entering the game as a perceived liability. Akers trails only Adam Vinatieri for postseason points.
Davis' 104 yards receiving tied a Super Bowl record for tight ends. This was Davis' fourth career 100-yard receiving game in the postseason, tied with Keith Jackson for most in NFL history. Davis and Larry Fitzgerald are the only players in league history with four 100-yard receiving performances in their first five career postseason games.
The 49ers outscored the Ravens by a 25-6 margin after allowing a kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half.
Kaepernick's 15-yard touchdown run was the longest by a quarterback in Super Bowl history.
The 49ers held Rice and Bernard Pierce below 3.0 yards per rushing attempt.
Ted Ginn Jr. had a 32-yard punt return to the Baltimore 20-yard line, setting up a two-play touchdown drive as the 49ers pulled within 28-20.
Looking ahead: The 49ers hold the 31st pick of the 2013 NFL draft.