Anquan Boldin triumphantly raised both arms over his head, but this was no touchdown signal.
Boldin's reaction on the Baltimore Ravens' sideline came after Colin Kaepernick's fourth-down fade pass to Michael Crabtree with 1:46 left fell harmlessly to the turf, ending the San Francisco 49ers' chance of a comeback in Super Bowl XLVII.
The Ravens ticked off the final seconds, and Boldin, who starred at Pahokee High School and Florida State, walked off the field a winner after his Ravens won their second Super Bowl in franchise history, 34-31.
"There is no greater feeling, man," Boldin said. "God is great."
Boldin suffered incredible heartbreak in his first trip to the Super Bowl four years ago, when his Arizona Cardinals lost 27-23 to the Pittsburgh Steelers on a touchdown with 35 seconds remaining.
"Everything that I have done as far as working out, as far as preparing, has been to get back to this point and to win," he said.
Sunday's win was just as gut-wrenching, but the ending this time was sweet for Boldin as the Ravens held off a furious comeback by the 49ers, who trailed 28-6 in the third quarter before a power outage halted the game for about 35 minutes.
And Boldin, 32, was arguably his team's biggest offensive star, other than quarterback Joe Flacco, who was named MVP. Boldin caught six passes for 104 yards and opened the scoring with a 13-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter.
Boldin, Florida's Mr. Football at Pahokee in 1998 and a member of the state's All-Century team, wasn't the only local product to make an impact on the game. San Francisco defensive tackle Ray McDonald of Belle Glade had a sack, while the University of Miami's Frank Gore had 110 rushing yards and a touchdown for the 49ers and safety Ed Reed, another UM product, had an interception for the Ravens.
Pahokee defensive tackle Pernell McPhee had a key pressure on a sack of Kaepernick early in the first quarter, and former Dolphins punt returner Ted Ginn had a 32-yard return to jump-start the 49ers' comeback.
Former Pahokee star Anquan Boldin of Baltimore Ravens has big game, wins first Super Bowl
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