So close, but 49ers fall short in Super Bowl

  • San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) warms up before the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)

NEW ORLEANS — The 49ers' ability to stay composed and play from a deficit proved to be a blessing two weeks ago. At the Superdome on Sunday, it may have been a curse.

Convinced they were on the verge of another epic comeback, the Niners fell 5 yards short of a touchdown, three points short of a victory and one win short of Super Bowl perfection, losing 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens after a last-minute drive stalled in Super Bowl XLVII.

The formula had worked to perfection in the NFC championship game, as the 49ers made up a 17-point gap and overturned the Falcons in Atlanta. But the Ravens proved more resilient. And while Jim Harbaugh was again able to rally his team, it was his older brother, John, who is a Super Bowl champion.

"The meeting with Jim in the middle (of the field) was probably the most difficult thing I have ever been associated with in my life," John Harbaugh said.

Imagine how tough it was for Jim.

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