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Baltimore Ravens come up empty on fake field goal

NEW ORLEANS -- John Harbaugh was the first coach to take a play out of his bag of tricks Sunday in the Baltimore Ravens' 34-31 Super Bowl XLVII win. However, it didn't work.

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Leading 14-3 with just more than three minutes to play in the first half, the Baltimore Ravens brought out their field-goal unit on fourth-and-9 from the San Francisco 49ers' 14-yard line.

Kicker Justin Tucker took the direct snap and headed around the left end. He was tackled out of bounds by cornerback Darcel McBath 1 yard shy of the first-down marker. The 49ers took over on downs.

The play marked the first fake field-goal try in Super Bowl history.

It's the type of decision that's easy to criticize when it doesn't work. That said, it was a strange call considering the amount of yardage Tucker needed to get the first down.

John Harbaugh went for an early dagger blow. Instead, he gave the 49ers a very temporary momentum boost.

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