Tune in at 6:30 PM ET as the Ravens take on the 49ers in the Super Bowl. Gino Bottero will be liveblogging for your enjoyment.
Welcome everyone! I'll be live blogging Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens.
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Lead Official: Jerome Boger
National Anthem: Alicia Keys
Halftime Performer: Beyoncé
John and Jim Harbaugh are the first brothers to coach against one another in the Super Bowl in NFL history. The two played their first and only meeting against one another on Thanksgiving Day in 2011. John's Ravens beat Jim's 49ers, 16-6.
John Harbaugh is 6-0 coming off a bye week as a head coach in the NFL. Brother Jim is 3-0-1.
Ray Lewis will play his final NFL game tonight, ending a Hall of Fame worthy 17-year career. Lewis was named MVP of Super Bowl XXXV when the Ravens beat the Giants, 34-7.
Colin Kaepernick has compiled a 7-2 record for the 49ers since replacing Alex Smith as the Niners starting quarterback. Kaepernick is the fifth quarterback to start the Super Bowl in his first or second year in the NFL. Of the four that preceded him, three were victorious, and two were named the game's MVP.
Coin toss: Baltimore chose heads, the coin came up heads, and Baltimore elected to defer.
The 49ers will start with the football.
Since 1980, favourites that scored 28 points or more in the Super Bowl are 12-1-1 ATS. Those who scored fewer than 28 points are 1-16-1 ATS.
Welcome, Gbirdatl. Game time is coming up. Here's hoping for a good one.
The NFC has won 21 of the last 31 Super Bowls.
The 49ers are 7-1 against the AFC under Jim Harbaugh. Their lone loss came against brother John's Ravens on Thanksgiving Day in 2011.
The winner of the coin toss has lost 11 of the last 15 Super Bowls.
They're just about set to begin in New Orleans.
15:00 No return on the kick.
Colin Kaepernick and the 49er offense will begin at their own 20.
14:52 FLAG - Kaepernick hit Davis down the left sideline for a gain of 20.
The play comes back on an illegal formation penalty against San Francisco.
13:55 Gore ran left for no gain. On 2nd, Kaepernick rolled right and tried to hit Walker along the sideline but he ran out of room. 3rd and 15 coming up.
13:50 A draw play for Gore and he picked up 3 before getting wrapped up by Lewis.
13:05 Jones dances up the right sideline to the BAL 49.
Joe Flacco and the Baltimore offense will begin their first drive of the game from there.
12:25 Flacco dumped the ball off to Leach to the left and he picked up 8. On 2nd, Rice with a strong run up the middle for a gain of 4 to the SF 39.
11:52 Flacco with time in the pocket and he hits Smith on a zone-beater down the right sideline for a gain of 20 to the SF 19.
10:46 Rice with a stretch run to the left and he was tripped up after a gain of a yard, then Flacco was pressured, moved around the pocket to extend the play but was forced to throw the ball away. That brings up 3rd and 9.
10:42 FLAG - Flacco threw to the endzone but the pass was too high for Pitta.
Brooks called for the offside and that bumps up the Ravens. 3rd and 4 coming up.
10:36 TOUCHDOWN - Flacco threw over the middle and hit a wide open Boldin for the game's opening score.
BAL TD - Joe Flacco passed to Anquan Boldin for 13 yards