NEW ORLEANS -- It took a sixth Super Bowl, but a 49ers quarterback finally had a pass intercepted after 171 overall attempts in the NFL title game. Colin Kaepernick overthrew Randy Moss, and Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed made the interception on the 49ers' first snap after falling behind 14-3 Sunday.

That second-quarter interception didn't lead to any points, but it was one of many 49ers mistakes in their 34-31 loss in Super Bowl XLVII.

"I feel I made too many mistakes for us to win," said Kaepernick, who was 16 of 28 for 302 yards with one touchdown pass and three sacks. He also ran seven times for 62 yards and a touchdown.

The 49ers' other mistakes included a fumble by LaMichael James, a first-snap penalty that nullified Vernon Davis' 20-yard reception and an offside penalty on Ahmad Brooks that immediately preceded the Ravens' first touchdown.

"There were some big penalties, and the 5-yard variety really hurt us," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said.

James' second-quarter fumble was his first of the postseason, contrary to CBS's game broadcast that said it was his second. James ran wide right to elude a couple defenders before Courtney Upshaw popped the ball free for Arthur Jones to recover at the Ravens' 25-yard line. James lost no fumbles this season.


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As for the interception, Moss didn't attempt to reach for the high pass from Kaepernick, and Reed snared it for a record-tying ninth postseason interception. The Ravens failed to convert that turnover into points, however, when a fake field goal halted them at the 49ers' 6-yard line.

The interception was Kaepernick's fifth in 10 career starts. Unlike his previous four, he failed to lead the 49ers on an ensuing touchdown drive, and they didn't even garner a first down on their next series.

Joe Montana had none of his 122 passes in four Super Bowl victories, and Steve Young also was clean on his 39 Super Bowl attempts.

  • Coach Jim Harbaugh expressed his dismay that the Ravens weren't called for holding while punter Sam Koch killed eight seconds off the clock before running out of the end zone for a safety. The final four seconds expired when Ted Ginn Jr. returned Koch's ensuing punt 31 yards to midfield.

    "It's a good scheme on their part to hold as many people as they can, and you teach them just to tackle when you're taking a safety like that," Harbaugh said. "But not one holding penalty was called. I haven't gotten an explanation."

  • Ravens cornerback Cary Williams didn't come away impressed with the 49ers. "The 49ers are pretenders," Williams told Aaron Wilson of Scout.com. "They're fake tough guys. They're a push you in the back type of team."

  • Kicker David Akers, who struggled mightily this season, made all three of his official field-goal attempts and two point-after kicks. He did miss wide left on a crucial 39-yard attempt late in the third quarter when the 49ers were storming back into the game. Luckily for Akers, and the 49ers, the Ravens' Chykie Brown was flagged for running into the kicker.

    Given a chance to redeem himself, Akers then connected on a 34-yarder to pull the 49ers within 28-23.

  • Other than game MVP Joe Flacco, no other Raven hurt the 49ers more than New Orleans native Jacoby Jones. Jones' 108-yard kickoff return to start the second half, which put the 49ers in a 22-point hole, was the longest play of any kind in Super Bowl history. "You have to be a real fast person to catch him -- he is a special man," teammate Ray Lewis said of Jones.

    Jones had already caught Flacco's third and final touchdown pass, a 56-yard effort, to put Baltimore up 21-3 late in the first half. On the play, Flacco pump faked, helping spring Jones past Chris Culliver. Jones went down but wasn't touched. He hopped up and craftily outraced Culliver into the end zone in a move Jones likened to playing "freeze tag."

    "To make that catch, go down and outrun someone to the corner of the end zone ... it should go down in Super Bowl history."

  • The 49ers' Darcel McBath and Patrick Willis showed admirable pursuit to stop Ravens kicker Justin Tucker on the second-quarter fake field goal. Tucker raced toward the first-down marker on the left sideline before he got stopped at the 6-yard line, a yard short of a first down. "I just saw it and realized I had to go. To get that stop was big," Willis said.

  • Michael Crabtree's 31-yard touchdown reception was his third this postseason and gave him 12 on the season. Midway through the third quarter, Crabtree lined up in the left slot, caught the ball at the 15, bounced off two defenders and raced across the goal line to pull the 49ers within 28-13.

  • Frank Gore produced a touchdown run for the fourth straight game. His 6-yard effort in the third quarter pulled the 49ers within 28-20. It was his fourth rushing touchdown this postseason, and it came only 2:21 after Crabtree's touchdown catch.

  • The first Super Bowl featuring brothers as head coaches offered a sentimental moment even before Sunday's kickoff. Harbaugh met briefly on the field during pregame warm-ups with his brother John Harbaugh, the Ravens' coach. Jim offered a handshake as they finished their chat, which wasn't enough for John, who shook his younger brother's hand and promptly pulled him in for a hug.

    Shortly after that brotherly hug, Jim Harbaugh retreated to a corner of the 49ers-painted end zone and posed for pictures with his wife, Sarah, and their three young children. He also took a picture with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

  • Among the other Super Bowl records set: longest touchdown run by a quarterback (Kaepernick, 15 yards), most combined kickoff return yards (312, of which the Ravens had 206), longest game (4 hours, 14 minutes). Davis tied a record among tight ends with his 104 receiving yards (on six catches).

  • Super Bowl XLVII was only the second league championship game in NFL history (including the pre-Super Bowl era) in which each team scored 30 or more points. Pittsburgh defeated Dallas 35-31 in Super Bowl XIII in January 1979.

  • The 49ers captains were: Gore, Willis, Alex Smith, Justin Smith and C.J. Spillman.