Only one team can survive an NFL season. It might be battered, both physically and emotionally, but the exultation of being that team outweighs the pain of the long process.
The Baltimore Ravens are the Super Bowl champions, and that's the only thing they care about this morning. They survived Super Bowl XLVII last night, outlasting the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31, at the Superdome after nearly blowing the biggest lead in the history of the game followign a 34-minute power outage.
The Niners' Colin Kaepernick led a drive to the Ravens 5-yard line before his fourth-down pass to Michael Crabtree harmlessly sailed through the end zone with 1:46 remaining in the game. The Ravens took an intentional safety with four seconds to play, which set up a free kick, but Ted Ginn Jr. was tackled near midfield as time expired.
"It was probably one of the best Super Bowls that you all have ever seen," Ravens safety Ed Reed said. "I was proud to be a part of it."
Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco completed 22-of-33 passes for 287 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Anquan Boldin was Flacco's main target with six receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown. Jacoby Jones was the dark-horse hero with a 56-yard touchdown reception and a 108-yard kickoff return for a score.
"It is fitting that we won that way," Flacco said. "We are a tough, blue-collar city, and that's the way our games kind of come down."
The Ravens started quickly, and the 49ers could only blame themselves. Vernon Davis' game-opening, 20-yard catch for San Francisco was negated by his own procedure penalty, which led to a three-and-out. The Ravens picked their way downfield on the ensuing possession, and Flacco capped it by hitting Boldin for a 13-yard score and a 7-0 lead.
Ravens forever more
Boston Herald | Feb 4