NEW ORLEANS -- Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens captured their second Super Bowl Championship in franchise history Sunday over the San Francisco 49ers.
In the first quarter, the Ravens drew first blood after a deep pass from quarterback Joe Flacco to wide receiver Torrey Smith, followed by a short pass to Anquan Boldin for the score.
Then after a 62-yard drive, the 49ers tried to answer but had to settle for three.
After a 49ers fumble, the Ravens recovered and struck again with a short pass to Dennis Pitta, leaving the Ravens at 14, the 49ers at 3.
Then when a deep pass intended for Randy Moss was picked off by Ed Reed, Flacco aired it out to Jones for a 47-yard touchdown catch, putting the Ravens on top, 21-3.
Going into the half the Ravens were on top, 21-6.
Back from the half on the kick-off, Jones returned 109 yards for a touchdown, extending the Ravens lead. Then after a 35-minute game delay from a power outage, the 49ers delivered a touchdown.
They kept coming, with Frank Gore sneaking in for the score which cut the Ravens lead down to eight points. Then after a fumble by running back Ray Rice, the 49ers capitalized with a field goal. Ravens 28, 49ers 23.
The Ravens tried to gain some momentum back but had to settle for a field goal, maintaining their lead 31-23. But the 49ers came again with another touchdown.
Nevertheless, after a failed 2-point conversion attempt they were still down by 2 points.
Finally, with 12 seconds left in the game and the Ravens on top by five points, they took a safety. But the 49ers were still short, leaving the Ravens as Super Bowl champs.
"I just thought we'd win this game," 49ers tight end Vernon Davis said. "You know when we started making plays and the defense got the turnover, we came back out and we had a great drive. All we had to do was get the ball back in our hands and we can make it happen."
"Ray (Lewis) is a great person," Flacco said. "Everybody knows that he's an unbelievable football player. You know he's the best teammate and it's unbelievable to send him out like this."
"This is the one thing that's not going to separate us for life," Rice said. "You know, we'll forever be champions because we won the Super Bowl."
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs gave credit for Sunday's victory to his Creator.
"There's only one man in the business of miracles. And that's Jesus Christ," he said. "Just think about everything this team has been through. Just think, on defense we had two guys that started all season."
"If God is for you, then who can be against you," Lewis said. "Our chapel service, the chaplain as said, 'Go finish the race,' and we finished the race."