Fans Mob Streets After Super Bowl Win
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Do you have any pictures of the scene from Baltimore?
While the Ravens were busy celebrating Super Bowl XLVII, the city was also living it up.
Several roads were shut down as reportedly hundreds of fans took to the streets.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake also joined in, dancing and singing alongside fans.
“The Baltimore Ravens once again demonstrated strength, poise, and perseverance as they prevailed in Super Bowl XLVII,” Rawlings-Blake said in a statement.
Check out the scene in this WUSA-9 photo gallery and watch the video below to get a feeling for how Baltimore looked early this morning.
Michelle Obama Tweets Congratulations
Getting Rawlings-Blake’s kudos is one thing.
But hearing it from the White House is even sweeter.
It hasn’t come from President Barack Obama yet, but First Lady Michelle Obama took to Twitter to express her happiness for the Ravens.
Great game! Congrats to the @ravens. See you at the White House! -mo
— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) February 4, 2013
The fact that the Ravens are going to meet The President and First Lady was starting to sink in late last night and this morning.
Just thought about it...We are going to meet @barackobama
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) February 4, 2013
Gore Says 49ers Were ‘Better Team’
The 49ers had three cracks at the end zone from the 5-yard line.
So why didn’t they run on any of them?
That’s the question being asked in San Francisco this morning, as told by the San Francisco Chronicle. The 49ers threw three times to wide receiver Michael Crabtree instead.
"I got to the huddle and Vernon (Davis) was in my face, screaming, 'We need you. You're a big-time player and we need some more big-time plays,’” running back Frank Gore said. "And then ..."
"That's one thing we talked about," tight end Delanie Walker added. "Why didn't we run it? We don't know. We were running the ball on them all day. ... I guess the offensive coordinator saw something up there, and he tried what he did, and they just did a great job of stopping it."
The Ravens did take some risks to prevent the 49ers from running.
They brought heavy outside and inside pressure, relying on single coverage by cornerbacks on the outside and putting the game on quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s shoulders [add].
Gore walked away from the game saying the 49ers should have won.
"They got away with one," Gore said, via The Associated Press. "We showed we were the better team. It was just a couple plays here, a couple plays there."
Pay Flacco Whatever
As soon as
He’s going to be paid quite handsomely after Sunday’s victory.
ESPN scribe Ashley Fox says the Ravens should open up the vault.
“John Harbaugh said it after the season opener: Pay the man,” Fox wrote.
“Pay Joe Flacco. Pay him whatever he wants. Pay him more than Drew Brees. Pay him more than Peyton Manning. Pay him more than Tom Brady.
Flacco said Owner Steve Bisciotti had told him “if the day came, I could go beat on his desk and really put it to him.”
"So that's exactly what I'm going to do," Flacco told reporters.
After the game, Flacco hugged his agent, Joe Linta, before walking slowly out of the Superdome. He and Linta are going to be quite busy over the coming months as Flacco looks to get what could be a huge extension.
For what it’s worth, The Baltimore Sun’s Matt Vensel put to rest (for himself at least) the age-old question of whether Flacco is “elite.”
“We just witnessed one of the greatest postseasons a quarterback has ever had, folks,” he wrote. “And it should leave little debate about whether Flacco is a so-called elite quarterback.”
John Harbaugh ‘Devastated’ For His Brother
As John Harbaugh spoke to the media after hoisting the Lombardi Trophy, his parents were about 25 feet away.
They smiled tight, bittersweet smiles, wrote ESPN’s Greg Garber.
"In my 43 years as a coach, that was the most difficult game ever," Jack Harbaugh said, hands folded at his waist, rocking gently back and forth.
John and Jim Harbaugh met briefly at midfield after the game. And it wasn’t easy on anyone.
"Meeting with Jim was probably the most difficult thing I've experienced in terms of football," John said. "There's no greater coach, no greater competitor in the world than the coach of the San Francisco 49ers."
Jim recounted the conversation to the media later.
"I told him congratulations," Jim said. "That I was proud of him."
Sports Illustrated writer Peter King caught up with the [add] drained John 70 minutes after the game ended. The head coach elaborated more on his feelings.
"I am totally devastated for my brother,'' John Harbaugh said. "It's strange -- I don't really feel emotion right now. No tears. I never thought you could feel 100 percent elation and 100 percent devastation at the same time. But I learned tonight you can."
- Watch all the Super Bowl XLVII commercials. [NFL.com]
- An “abnormality” caused Sunday’s Superdome power outage. [Sports Illustrated]
- John Harbaugh apologized for getting fired up on the sideline during the power outage. [ESPN]
- A list of the records set or tied in Super Bowl XLVII. [FOX Sports]
- Celebrity photo gallery from the Super Bowl. [FOX Sports]
- Sports Illustrated’s King doesn’t think
Jimmy Smith’s fourth-down play against Crabtree was interference. “It lasts two yards beyond the five-yard bump zone. It's close, but I don't think it was interference. Crabtree was an aggressor there too.”
- ESPN broadcaster and the Ravens’ other Super Bowl champion quarterback Trent Dilfer picked against his own team before Sunday’s game. See what he had to say afterwards.