And don't even start with this city's culture of voodoo curses.

When the Baltimore Ravens prevailed 34-31 in Super Bowl XVLII by holding off a furious rally from the San Francisco 49ers that seemed to be ignited by a significant power-outage delay, all was forgiven.

Although this will forever by known as the Power Outage Bowl, it also allowed Ray Lewis, an enventual first-ballot Hall of Fame middle linebacker who announced a month ago the postseason would be his last ride, to finish as a champion.

"The final series of Ray Lewis' career was a goal-line stand to win the Super Bowl," said Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

It allowed John Harbaugh to win one for older brothers everywhere by outsmarting his younger brother, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.

"I'm proud," said Jack Harbaugh, the father of John and Jim. "It was such a hard-fought, well-played game. Strategy was fantastic. I give credit to the 49ers for being that far back (28-6) and battling back."

And it allowed Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to finish off a remarkable postseason run that is about to make him a very rich quarterback.

Flacco received the award after he threw three more touchdown passes, all in the first half, with no interceptions.

Chris Harris couldn't have known it at the time, but the Denver cornerback created a Super Bowl-winning quarterback monster. Harris, an undrafted, second-year pro, stepped in front of a Flacco pass near the Broncos' goal line late in the first half of a Dec. 16 regular-season game in Baltimore. Harris returned the interception 98 yards for a touchdown. It would be the last interception Flacco threw this season.

Six weeks after the humiliating moment, his beaten face planted and photographed on the Baltimore turf, Flacco was a Super Bowl champion thanks to a run in which he had 15 touchdown passes against zero interceptions.

"Sometimes it happens like that," Flacco said. "I don't think I'm the kind who throws a lot of picks in general. It just happened that way. The team came together and got healthy."

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