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Super Bowl XLVII: Most Clutch Performances of the Game

Ray Lewis capped off an illustrious career with a second Super Bowl ring.
Ray Lewis capped off an illustrious career with a second Super Bowl ring.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
Stephen SheehanCorrespondent IFebruary 4, 2013

Ray Lewis can thank Jacoby Jones for the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII victory. 

The All-Pro kick returner proved to be the difference maker in the 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers

Jones' 56-yard touchdown reception and 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown provided the spark that helped lead Baltimore to victory. And although a power outage halted the Ravens' momentum, Baltimore scratched and clawed their way to its biggest win since Super Bowl XXXV. 

However, Jones wasn't the only player who stepped up on the big stage. Let's take a look at the most clutch performances in the game.

 

Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens

Welcome to the elite, Joe Flacco. 

After drawing criticism for his big game performances, Baltimore's franchise quarterback delivered in the biggest game of his six-year career. 

Facing one of the league's best defenses, Flacco remained calm, cool and collected in the pocket, firing strike after strike to his receivers. The 2008 first-round pick threw three first-half touchdown passes, including a beautiful 56-yard bomb to Jacoby Jones. 

Although San Francisco managed to put some solid pressure on him as the game wore on, the former Delaware star wasn't fazed. Flacco finished the game without an interception and completed 22-of-33 pases.

His clutch performance should earn him a fat new contract this offseason. 

 

Anquan Boldin, WR, Ravens 

Just when you thought Anquan Boldin was on his last legs, the three-time Pro Bowler stepped up in the playoffs. 

Operating as a pure possession receiver, Boldin displayed the sure hands that made him a star with the Arizona Cardinals. He led the Ravens with 10 targets and secured six catches for 104 yards and a score. 

While he may never make the Pro Bowl again, winning a Super Bowl should be a fitting end to a consistent career. 

 

Paul Kruger, OLB, Ravens 

What a way to cap off a breakout season. 

After racking up a career-high nine sacks in the regular season, Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger terrorized San Francisco's offensive line. 

The 6'4", 270-pounder sacked Colin Kaepernick twice, using his hands to gain separation from Anthony Davis and Joe Staley. 

 

Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers 

In the playoffs, Vernon Davis is another animal. 

The freakishly athletic tight end turned in another clutch performance Sunday, snagging six catches for 104 yards. Always a big-play threat, the 2006 first-round pick averaged a hefty 17.3 yards per catch. 

His speed and strength after the catch proved too much to handle for the Ravens' heavier linebackers. 

Although his team came up short, Davis shouldn't shoulder any of the blame. 

 

Frank Gore, RB, 49ers 

Ever since he stepped into the league back in 2005, Frank Gore has been one of the best running backs. 

Unfortunately, he hasn't tasted much postseason success. But on the biggest stage, he shined. 

The former Miami Hurricane ran with conviction in the 49ers' loss, carrying the ball 19 times for 110 yards and a score. Constantly underrated, Gore proved he's still the top dog in San Francisco and was a worthy Super Bowl MVP candidate. 

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