Ravens beat the 49ers 34-31.
Baltimore Ravens defensive back Chykie Brown celebrates. (Photo: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
The Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl, beating the San Francisco 49ers 34-31.
Though Joe Flacco may have been the most valuable player of the game, eyes are also on Ray Lewis, who has ended his career with another Super Bowl Ring. Lewis was the MVP of the Super Bowl when Baltimore beat the Giants.
"When God is for you, who can be against you," said Lewis of his team's win.
A power outage forced players and fans to cool their heels for about 30-minutes, but the interruption failed to help the 49ers, who had been trailing most of the game.
Baltimore led 28-6 after Jones opened the second half with the longest kickoff return in a Super Bowl, his eyes glancing up at the videoboard, presumably to watch himself sprint to the end zone. The 49ers showed they were capable of a comeback in their previous game: They trailed by 17 against the Atlanta Falcons before winning the NFC championship game.
Shortly following Jones' return, the sudden, odd power outage arrived. Escalators weren't working. Officials stopped play about 1½ minutes into the third quarter, and the bizarre delay lasted 34 minutes in real time before action resumed. Some players sat. Others stretched. Some fans chanted, "Let's go, Ravens!" Others passed time by doing the wave.
This was the 10th time New Orleans hosted the big game — tying Miami for most in a city — and first since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Big Easy in August 2005.
When play resumed, NFC champion San Francisco (13-5-1) began making things more interesting, scoring 17 points in less than 4 1/2 minutes.
First, Kaepernick threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Crabtree, pulling them within 15 points midway through the third quarter. Ravens defensive backs Cary Williams and Bernard Pollard missed tackles on the play. Then, with 5 minutes left in the third quarter, Frank Gore swept around right end for a 6-yard TD run, making it 28-20, before Ravens running back Ray Rice's fumble gave the ball right back to the 49ers.
Flacco finished 22 of 33 for 287 yards.
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