It was one of the more dramatic games in Super Bowl history, but the Baltimore Ravens survived a late rally by the San Francisco 49ers, winning 34-31.
The last time former Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw was in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, he was helping the Tide win its 14th national championship. The following year, he returns to the Big Easy to help the Ravens win their second Super Bowl in franchise history, finishing with five tackles, including one for loss. He also helped force a fumble, one where the Ravens scored a touchdown off the turnover.
Other players winning their first rings include former Alabama defensive lineman Terrence Cody, former Auburn linebacker Josh Bynes and former Tennessee long snapper Morgan Cox.
San Francisco was on the verge of earning the largest comeback in the game’s history after trailing by 22 points early in the second half. After a stadium blackout, the 49ers scored 17-straight points. They had a chance to take the lead with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, but on 4th and goal from the Baltimore five yard line, Colin Kaepernick’s throw to Michael Crabtree was incomplete.