For the second time in franchise history, the Baltimore Ravens are Super Bowl champions. The outcome became final as Ted Ginn was tackled after a safety punt, putting an end to this 34-31 Sunday night thriller.
What started out as a dominant Ravens blowout became significantly closer as the 49ers offense rallied with 25 points in the second half. The Ravens remained resilient, though, and despite scoring only six points after Jacoby Jones' kick-return touchdown, they held on for the win.
The Ravens defense has been greatly criticized this season, yet they were still able to stand their ground and earn the win on a goal-line stand. Four plays within the Ravens 7-yard line, and yet, the explosive 49ers offense was unable to score.
Jimmy Smith of all people deserves credit for a huge play, as he defended Michael Crabtree on successive plays and prevented him from scoring. Even with Haloti Ngata out, the Ravens defense was able to team up and prevent the 49ers from pulling off the biggest upset in Super Bowl history.
For a team to win a Super Bowl, nearly every player deserves to be labeled a winner. The huge 49ers comeback did expose some losers, however, so here's the winners and losers from the Ravens' Super Bowl victory.