Ravens Win Super Bowl XLVII Over 49ers

Baltimore QB Joe Flacco wins Super Bowl MVP award
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Capping a pretty perfect postseason, Joe Flacco completed 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three first-half touchdowns Sunday to earn Super Bowl MVP honors for leading the Baltimore Ravens to a 34-29 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
Flacco became only the sixth quarterback in 47 Super Bowls to throw for three scores in a first half, connecting with Anquan Boldin for 13 yards, Dennis Pitta for 1, and Jacoby Jones for 56.
And the unassuming guy who played his college football at Delaware finished Baltimore's four-game run to the title with 11 TD passes and zero interceptions. It was an impressive run that included road victories against two of the game's best QBs, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

Lewis ends his brilliant career with a title
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Ray Lewis will ride into retirement as a champion.
Baltimore's standout middle linebacker began his final night on the football field with a motivational speech to his teammates. He ended it looking upward into a shower of silver streamers and purple confetti after the Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 Sunday night to win the Super Bowl.
Standing tall in the middle of a defense that survived a frenzied comeback by Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers, Lewis put a lovely bow on his 17th NFL season by earning his second Super Bowl ring -- 12 years after the first.
Lewis was the MVP of the Super Bowl when Baltimore beat the Giants.
On Sunday night, Lewis and his defense played a supporting role to Joe Flacco and the offense.

Kaepernick nearly leads another 49ers comeback
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Colin Kaepernick got tripped up and tossed down, then still nearly led the greatest Super Bowl comeback in just his 10th career NFL start.
Rarely rattled on an impressive path to the Super Bowl, San Francisco's second-year quarterback finally showed some inexperience on football's big stage. Not to mention some guts.
After a remarkable postseason run -- with those speedy legs -- by the tattooed play-caller, the Baltimore Ravens exposed plenty of flaws in handing Kaepernick and Co. a 34-31 loss Sunday despite San Francisco's second-half rally.
No team has come from more than 10 points down to win a Super Bowl, and Kaepernick had a chance to make it happen less than three months after becoming San Francisco's starter.

Baltimore bars full of purple as fans cheer team
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Giddy Baltimore Ravens fans are hugging, cheering, and pouring into the streets following the 34-31 victory of their team over the San Francisco 49ers.
Fans wearing the team's signature black-and-purple jerseys and purple-feathered boas mobbed bars including Mother's Federal Hill Grille to watch the team's second Super Bowl appearance Sunday night. They were especially there to support middle linebacker Ray Lewis, No. 52, the only current player who started with the team when it came to Baltimore in 1996.
So far, there have been no reports of disturbances or damage in the city.
Fans came hours before the game to get seats. Women arrived with their nails painted purple. Men wore purple Mardi Gras beads. Fans also showed up wearing Lewis' jersey.
Forty-year-old Darren Love says the celebration was "90 percent for Ray, 10 percent for the city of Baltimore."

Harbaugh brothers stage dramatic Super Bowl
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Harbaugh family sure knows how to throw a Super party.
In the end, it was older brother John Harbaugh and his Baltimore Ravens who came out on top, hanging on for a 34-31 win over Jim Harbaugh and his San Francisco 49ers in a Super Bowl that had everything.
After the game, John Harbaugh said it was hard to compete against his brother.
The brothers met at midfield and John said, "I told him I loved him. He said, `Congratulations."

Fans mob Baltimore streets to celebrate Ravens win
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Giddy Ravens fans are hugging, cheering, and pouring into the streets of Baltimore following the 34-31 victory of their team over the San Francisco 49ers.
Fans wearing the team's signature black-and-purple jerseys and purple-feathered boas mobbed bars including Mother's Federal Hill Grille to watch the team's second Super Bowl appearance Sunday night. They were especially there to support middle linebacker Ray Lewis, No. 52, the only current player who started with the team when it came to Baltimore in 1996.
So far, there have been no reports of disturbances or damage in the city. The mayor urged fans to celebrate responsibly.
Fans came hours before the game to get seats.
Forty-year-old Darren Love says the celebration was "90 percent for Ray, 10 percent for the city of Baltimore."


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