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San Francisco Thinks Best Team Lost

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The power went out. Then the 49ers made a comeback until their luck -- and their downs -- ran out. Then time ran out.

Then the emotions spilled out.

"I'm frustrated," said 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman. "It leaves a bitter taste in our mouth."

Actually, there were all sorts of tastes -- and all sorts of twists -- during the course of an exhausting Super Bowl that took more than four hours to play because of a 34-minute power outage at the Superdome.

But when the wild ride stopped, Baltimore owned a 34-31 victory over the 49ers. It could have been otherwise. But the 49ers blew a golden opportunity on their final offensive series with a strange set of play calls inside the Ravens' 10-yard line.

Let the second-guessing begin. That is, as soon as...

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