Never underestimate the power of darkness in this city.
You can bet the Baltimore Ravens won't, for evermore.
"With us, it's never pretty, it's never perfect, but it is us," said coach John Harbaugh after the Ravens withstood a 34-minute power outage, a furious 25-point second-half rally by the 49ers and a controversial no-call on their final defensive stop to claim Super Bowl XVLII, 34-31.
"Unbelievable," said quarterback Joe Flacco, who was named Most Valuable Player. "We don't make it easy, but we're Baltimore. That's the way we are."
The Ravens were cruising along, up 28-6 early in the third quarter. Flacco seemed to clinch the MVP trophy in the first half, throwing three touchdown passes.
New Orleans native Jacoby Jones was his closest competition for the honor, scoring on a 56-yard pass late in the second quarter and a 108-yard kickoff return to start the second half.
Then the lights went out and everything changed.
The 49ers scored 17 points in a span of 4:10 and ultimately were within a failed two-point conversion of tying the score.
"Both teams had to deal with it," John Harbaugh said of the delay. "I thought they dealt with it better, obviously. They were able to turn the momentum in the game."
Flacco, though, managed to at least slow the 49ers' momentum. He engineered a drive that ate up 5:38 and extended the lead to 34-29. Then the defense, playing without injured All-Pro nose tackle Haloti Ngata (knee sprain), dug deep and made one final, desperate stop.
John Harbaugh and brother Jim shook hands afterward, John telling his brother he loved him and Jim saying congratulations.
"It's tough," John Harbaugh said. "It's very tough, a lot tougher than I thought it was going to be — very painful."
The 49ers, down 34-29, had the ball at the Ravens 5. Two straight passes from Colin Kaepernick to Michael Crabtree failed. With 1:50 left, Kaepernick again threw to Crabtree, who was tied up by cornerback Jimmy Smith.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130203/SPORTS0101/302030364#ixzz2JwCYvGXd
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