WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update
From blowout to blackout to shootout, Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens had just enough power to survive one of the most electric Super Bowls ever last night. The Ravens used a last-gasp defensive stand to hold off the San Francisco 49ers to win a wild one, 34-31. It's the Ravens' second Super Bowl title in 12 years.
Flacco tossed three touchdown passes in the first half as the Ravens opened a 21-6 halftime edge. Jacoby Jones opened the second half with an electrifying 108-yard touchdown record, the longest kickoff return in Super Bowl history.
Then a power outage delayed play for 35 minutes, which seemed to breathe life into the Niners. Trailing 28-6 when the power went out, San Francisco came to life with 17 points over a 4:14 stretch of the third quarter to make it 28-23.
After Baltimore took a 31-23 lead, the Niners scored a touchdown to cut it to 31-29. San Francisco's two-point conversion failed. Baltimore added a late field goal and then in the final seconds took an intentional safety to make the final margin 34-31.
Winning coach John Harbaugh said of his cardiac team: "It's never pretty. It's never perfect. It's us."
Baltimore also won the Super Bowl in 2001.
Phil Mickelson completed an outstanding week of golf with a four-shot win in the Phoenix Open. Mickelson, who opened with an 11-under-60 on day 1, shot a final round 67 to finish 28 shots under par.
Checking the NBA now, Boston beat the L-A Clippers 106-104. L.A. 98, Detroit 97 and Miami won against Toronto 100-85.
In the NHL, Pittsburgh doubled up Washington 6-3. Montreal finished ahead of Ottawa 2-1. Florida edged ahead of Buffalo 4-3 and New Jersey beat New York 3-0.