Near the end of Super Bowl XLVII the Baltimore Ravens had to hold on, perhaps literally, to avoid the embarrassing fate of blowing the biggest lead in Super Bowl history.

We'll be arguing about the controversial end-zone tangle for a long time, but this thrilling 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers will carry no asterisk in Baltimore.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh won the matchup against his younger brother, San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh. For the first time in Super Bowl history, the winning coach had to deal with feelings of anguish.

Being the Last Harbaugh Standing came with complications.

The emotional postgame handshake on the Superdome floor could have occurred in the bedroom shared by the brothers for so many years. Big brother had to pick little brother up and try to boost his spirit.

"There's great joy, but it was very difficult knowing Jim was over there," John said. "I am happy we won, but I'm hurting for him."

This was also the "Last Ride" for retiring Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis. He will now enter civilian life, hopefully a much quieter life, a life that does not include being wired for sound and followed by every TV camera owned by CBS, FOX, ESPN, NBC and any network that has a satellite feed.

This was a victory for the mute button, which can rest now.

"This was my last ride, and we finished the race," Lewis said.

Barely ... but we'll get into that later.

This night, ultimately, belonged to Joe Flacco.

The Ravens' frequently maligned quarterback was named Super Bowl MVP after completing 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns.

Flacco completed his sensational four-game postseason flurry of big plays and elite-QB moments, finishing the tournament with 11 touchdown passes, no interceptions and a record 1,140 passing yards.