Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) checks the game clock in the fourth quarter in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens are Super Bowl XLVII champions

Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; A wide view of Baltimore Ravens celebrate as the defeat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports

It was a tale of two halves was this Super Bowl XLVII.

The Baltimore Ravens came out and dominated both sides of the ball in the first half, but an unexpected power outage and 30-minute delay in the game mysteriously infused the San Francisco 49ers with a jolt of power that seemed to sap the Ravens and energize the Niners.

In the end, it was the Ravens who came away with a 34-31 win that could have gone either way with a break here, a catch there.

Joe Flacco, the Ravens’ QB who has been red-hot throughout these Playoffs, was named the game’s MVP (though I thought it should have been Jacoby Jones), Ray Lewis went out in style and Ed Reed played another lights-out game that was enough to keep the Niners’ offense off-balance for most of the night.

Joe Flacco, in his trophy presentation interview, said, “We don’t make it easy. That’s way City of Baltimore is, that’s the way we are.”

“Baltimore!” Lewis exclaimed with the Lombardi Trophy in hand. “When God is for you, who can be against you,” he added. Then before he finished, Lewis shouted,  “Baltimore, Baltimore … we’re coming home, baby!”

It might be considered one of the best Super Bowls of all time, not only because of the uniqueness of the power outage, but because of the comeback and the storylines of the Harbaughs, retirements and much more.

It concludes an incredible 2012 season that saw the rise of the pistol offense, rookie quarterbacks who led teams to the playoffs, the firing of a ton of veteran coaches and the ever-evolving pace of the game. Couple that with the continuing challenges the league faces with player safety and its impact on the game and you’ve got intriguing storylines that will continue well into the future.

Now it’s on to the player combine, free agency, the Draft, minicamps and training camp.

The 2013 season can’t start soon enough.

But in the meantime, it’s time to shout, “Play Ball!”

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