The roster of the Super Bowl XLVII champions is crammed with stories of perseverance and personal redemption, but few of them are more remarkable than the one that Jacoby Jones will, with a thick Louisiana accent, tell his grandkids one day. Dismissed by the Houston Texans after he muffed a punt in a playoff loss to the Ravens, Jones signed with Baltimore last spring because former Texans teammates Bernard Pollard and Vonta Leach convinced him he could be one of the final pieces of a championship puzzle (it was Pollard who announced the signing on Twitter). They wouldn't have completed it without him. In a span of three weeks, Jones has produced three of the most important plays in Ravens history. His 70-yard touchdown catch against the Denver Broncos sent the AFC divisional round game into overtime. Three weeks later, after the Ravens defeated the Broncos in double-overtime and dominated the New England Patriots in the second half of a victory in the AFC championship, Jones became the first player in playoff history to score on an offensive touchdown and a special teams return in the same game. Just before the two-minute warning in the first half of Sunday's Super Bowl, Jones dusted a defensive back with a double move, got behind the San Francisco 49ers defense and ran under a high-arching throw from quarterback Joe Flacco. He fell to the turf, but smartly hopped to his feet before he was touched and eluded two 49ers defenders on his way into the end zone. The Ravens would soon take a 21-6 lead into the locker room, and after Beyoncé entertained Mike Preston and the rest of America during a super-long halftime show, Jones stunned the 49ers with the longest kickoff return in playoff history. It was vintage Jones, his heels on the back line so he could get a running start into his return. The 49ers should have, but never did, see the long return coming -- Jones scored a similar 108-yarder back in Week 6 -- and he sprinted through their coverage team, with Leach fittingly showing him the way. Jones, no matter what he does on the field during the rest of his career here in Charm City, will forever be remembered for his season-saving score in Denver and game-changing touchdowns during their Super Bowl XLVII victory. A year ago, he was the goat in Houston. Now he is the toast of the town in Baltimore.
Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun