The journey couldn't have ended any better for a team that embraced storied linebacker Ray Lewis and his "last ride" into retirement -- even if it took the Baltimore Ravens an extra 34 minutes to get there because of an in-game power outage at the Superdome.
The 49ers mounted a furious comeback when the stadium lights came back on early in the third quarter, but the Ravens rallied when it mattered most. A late defensive stand helped Baltimore post a 34-31 victory in Super Bowl XLVII.
"It's never pretty. It's never perfect," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said in his on-field postgame speech while holding the Lombardi Triophy.
"But it is us."
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco earned Most Valuable Player honors by capping the most statistically impressive postseason by a quarterback in the Super Bowl era. Flacco threw 3 touchdown passes -- raising his postseason total to 11 -- and remained interception-free in a 22-of-33, 287 yard effort.