Ravens Win Super Bowl, Flacco MVP
On Sunday, the Ravens beat the 49ers 34-31 in the Super Bowl. San Francisco was down 28-6 at one point in the third quarter but rallied, and nearly pulled off the largest comeback in Super Bowl history. The key play was a bit controversial as the 49ers wanted a pass interference penalty on fourth and goal, but no flag was thrown.
Joe Flacco won the game’s MVP award, and now he is going to get a huge payday. He put off contract talks with the Ravens until after the season and responded by winning four postseason games and by completing 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three first-half touchdowns Sunday. Jacoby Jones of the Ravens also had a stellar game as he scored on both a long reception and took the second half kickoff back 108 yards for a second score.
One of the lowlights of the game was the play of 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver. Earlier in the week Culliver was at the center of a controversy after making some anti-gay comments, and on the field last night he was repeatedly burned. Flacco went after the second-year nickel corner early and often in the first half of the game, hitting Anquan Boldin with a 30-yard strike while Boldin was matched up with Culliver in the first quarter. Culliver also got caught out of position by receiver Jacoby Jones, who easily blew past him on the aforementioned 56-yard touchdown. Culliver was also flagged for a key pass interference penalty in the second half as well.
Ray Lewis will retire with his second championship. The game was the first ever Super Bowl where the two head coaches were brothers. The elder Harbaugh, John, was the winning coach.