Last night (Sun., Feb. 3, 2013) the Baltimore Ravens did what few thought they could by holding off the hard charging San Francisco 49ers to win Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, Louisiana, by a final score of 34-31 in an absolute classic.
And Joe Flacco, who was 22/33 for 287 yards, 3 TD's and 0 INTs, won the MVP award.
It was an amazing game but one likely to be steeped in controversy. There were a few calls left on the field in the form of game changing penalties that would have drastically altered the outcome, like the non-holding call in the end zone on 4th and Goal when Michael Crabtree was held up.
Pay that no never mind, though, because Baltimore worked hard to score its 34 points, with Flacco in particular playing absolutely out of his skull. He continuously made big plays in bigger spots with the help of a supporting cast of names that while low key, came up money when it counted most.
Hi, Jacoby Jones.
The 49ers did what they could but key mistakes led to their downfall, despite a valiant attempt at a comeback from 22 points down. You know what they say: there's always next year.
In the meantime, check out all our coverage of Super Bowl XLVII:
In which the Ravens surprised us all with a shockingly effective quarter, striking first after a methodical drive that ended with Flacco finding Anquan Boldin in the end zone for six points.
In which the Ravens continued their stellar play, adding another two touchdowns while only yielding a field goal right at the end of the half to push the score to 21-6, making the game seem close to getting out of hand.
In which Jacoby Jones broke a record for the longest kickoff return TD in Super Bowl history before a power outage in the stadium stopped the action for over a half hour. Once it resumed, the 49ers had new life.
In which the 49ers continued marching back to nearly complete a 22 point comeback but fell just short thanks to perseverance from Baltimore and some questionable calls -- or non-calls -- from the referees.
After an unbelievable game with many ups and downs, the Ravens held on to win a classic affair to earn their second title in 11 years, sending Ray Lewis off into retirement with another ring.
And there you have it, Maniacs.
So concludes our rare coverage of the NFL. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.