The Baltimore Ravens are the 2013 Super Bowl champions, taking the title of the National Football league, by defeating the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31, Sunday night-- taking it, but barely.
After building a 22-point lead early in the third quarter, the Ravens' defense was forced into a goal-line stand in the final two minutes of the game when the 49ers were five points down. The defense held, as a fourth-down 49ers' pass from just five yards sailed just beyond the outstretched hands of Michael Crabtree in the end zone.
The Ravens built their biggest lead when Jacoby Jones set a Super Bowl record with a 108-yard kickoff return to start the second half, raising Baltimore's lead to 28-6. But a short time later, play came to a halt as half the lights abruptly went dark in the Superdome, a huge indoor arena in New Orleans. Play finally resumed after a 35-minute interruption.
Following the delay, the 49ers scored 17 straight points to close the gap to 28-23 after three quarters.
San Francisco had a chance to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but failed on a two-point pass attempt after scoring a touchdown.
Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco, who tossed three touchdown passes in the first half, was named the game's Most Valuable Player.
The contest was a family affair. For the first time in the four major U.S. professional sports leagues - football, baseball, basketball and ice hockey - brothers opposed each other as head coaches in a championship game. Baltimore's John Harbaugh and his younger brother, San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh, are considered two of the best in the business. John has now won both meetings between the two teams.
San Francisco's loss Sunday was its first in six trips to the Super Bowl. Baltimore has now won both of its Super Bowl appearances.
An estimated 100 million people around the world saw the game.