Silver linings: 49ers vs. Ravens

February, 8, 2013
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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 facts: The San Francisco 49ers suffered a 34-31 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
  • The 49ers became the first team in Super Bowl history to have a 300-yard passer (Colin Kaepernick), 100-yard rusher (Frank Gore) and two 100-yard receivers (Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis).
  • 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.
  • Gore's 110 yards rushing set a 49ers Super Bowl record. Roger Craig once had 74 yards rushing in a 49ers Super Bowl. Gore's 33-yard run in the fourth quarter was one of the game's most pivotal plays.
  • 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.
  • Ray McDonald and Ahmad Brooks sacked Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.
  • Cornerback Tarell Brown forced and recovered a key fumble from Ravens running back Ray Rice.
  • 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.

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