Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/12/14
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Joe Flacco unequivocally proved he belongs with the NFL's elite quarterbacks, while John Harbaugh showed that big brother indeed knows best.And for Ray Lewis, it was the ultimate ending to an absoutely illustrious career.Flacco delivered a lights-out performance -- both literally and figuratively -- at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and the Baltimore Ravens warded off a furious comeback attempt by the San Francisco 49ers to hold on for a 34-31 victory in a thrill-packed Super Bowl XLVII that every bit lived up to its advance billing.With nearly all of the two-week pregame buildup focused around either Lewis -- due to the iconic linebacker and team leader's retirement announcement prior to the playoffs as well as a recent Sports Illustrated story stating he used a banned deer antler spray to help recover from a midseason triceps injury -- or the unprecedented head-to-head clash of Harbaugh and his sibling Jim on football's biggest stage, it was Flacco...
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