Ravens edge 49ers to capture Super Bowl
By Greg Heakes ,AFP
February 5, 2013, 12:14 am TWN
NEW ORLEANS -- The Baltimore Ravens captured their second Super Bowl title by squeezing past San Francisco 34-31 Sunday in a championship game that featured a 35-minute power failure at the Superdome.
Sparked by three touchdown passes from Joe Flacco and a 108-yard kickoff return by Jacoby Jones to open the second half, the Ravens won for the first time since the 2000 season and gave coach John Harbaugh sibling bragging rights over younger brother Jim, the coach of the 49ers.
Players, coaches and a crowd of 71,024 spectators were almost left in the dark as a power failure early in the second half at the Louisiana Superdome stadium halted the game with the Ravens leading 28-6.
When the lights returned, the Ravens did not cope with the disruption well and the 49ers scored the next 17 points, nearly pulling off the greatest victory comeback in Super Bowl history.
"Both teams had to deal with it," John Harbaugh said. "They dealt with it better, obviously. They were able to turn the momemtum of the game."
Ravens quarterback Flacco was named the game's Most Valuable Player after completing 22-of-33 passes for 287 yards. Flacco, who is in the final year of his contract, has thrown 11 touchdowns in the post-season.
"It's unbelievable," Flacco said. "I tell you what — we didn't make it easy.
"We did this for everyone back home. We can't wait to get back for the parade."
Flacco hit Jones, Dennis Pitta and Anquan Boldin for touchdowns in a first half that was dominated by the Ravens, whose team of destiny tag grew with every postseason victory.
John consoled his brother Jim when they met on the field after the game for the traditional coaches' handshake.
"It was really hard," John said. "At the end of the game that was the hardest thing I had ever experienced.
"I told him I loved him."