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Players with Utah ties make impacts in Super Bowl

Published: Tuesday, July 7 2015 9:47 a.m. MDT

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, rear right, is sacked by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger (99) as defensive end Pernell McPhee (90) helps during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans.  (Evan Vucci, Associated Press) San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, rear right, is sacked by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger (99) as defensive end Pernell McPhee (90) helps during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (Evan Vucci, Associated Press)

The state of Utah was well-represented in Super Bowl XLVII with seven players with local ties taking part. Several of them made key contributions in helping the Baltimore Ravens secure a 34-31 victory.

Dennis Pitta — Baltimore Ravens (BYU): The former Cougar tight end had four receptions for 26 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown reception midway through the second quarter that gave the Ravens a 14-3 lead.

Paul Kruger — Baltimore Ravens (Utah/Timpanogos High): Kruger was used primarily in passing situations and contributed three tackles and one tackle-for-loss. He also had two sacks, including one during a third and goal situation that forced the 49ers to settle for a field goal in the first half.

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown (25) recovers a fumble by Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) as tight end Dennis Pitta (88) closes in during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans.  (Charlie Riedel, Associated Press) San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown (25) recovers a fumble by Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) as tight end Dennis Pitta (88) closes in during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (Charlie Riedel, Associated Press)

Haloti Ngata — Baltimore Ravens (Highland High): Ngata had just two tackles and was forced to leave the game early in the third quarter with a sprained knee.

Ma'ake Kemoeatu — Baltimore Ravens (Utah): Kemoeatu had just one tackle, but played well as the Ravens' starting nose tackle.

Will Tukuafu — San Francisco 49ers (East High): Tukuafu did not record a stat, but was used several times at fullback during short-yardage situations.

Alex Smith — San Francisco 49ers (Utah): Smith did not play as Collin Kaepernick's backup.

David Reed -- Baltimore Raves (Utah): Reed was listed on the Super Bowl roster, but did not record a stat in the game

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