The San Francisco 49ers fell three points short in Super Bowl XLVII, but a look at the boxscore reveals that the team did achieve a rare feat in their 34-31 defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick passed for 302 yards; running back Frank Gore had 110 yards rushing; and, receivers Michael Crabtree (109 yards) and Vernon Davis (104) each passed the 100-yard mark in receiving yards. This was the first time in Super Bowl history that a team that had a running back with 100-plus yards, a receiver with 100-plus yards, and a QB with 300-plus yards lost in the Super Bowl.
This 100-100-300 trifecta had happened only twice before in the 47-year history of the Super Bowl: The Washington Redskins did it in 1988 with running back Timmy Smith, receiver Ricky Sanders and QB Doug Williams. The Denver Broncos did it in 1999 with running back Terrell Davis, receiver Rod Smith and QB John Elway.
You will also noticed that this was the second time in Super Bowl history that the team that lost had teammates both gain 100 or more yards receiving. The Cincinnati Bengals duo of Cris Collingsworth and Dan Ross did it their 1982 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Here’s a look at the runners with 100-plus yards, receivers with 100-plus yards, and QBs with 300-plus yards in a Super Bowl loss.