Flacco threw first-half touchdowns to – a 13-yarder to Anquan Boldin on the Ravens' first drive, a 1-yard connection with Dennis Pitta to make it 14-3 and then a 56-yard strike to Jones to make it a 21-3 game. Jones came back for the ball, tumbled to the turf and then got up when he went untouched and ran into the end zone. In the process, Flacco tied Joe Montana and Kurt Warner for the most touchdowns in a postseason.

When Jones then burst through the middle and returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a 108-yard touchdown and a 28-6 lead, the Ravens appeared to be well on their way to a second title. There was still nearly 30 minutes left to play, but to that point, the Ravens had dominated in every way.

A 31-yard Kaepernick touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree, who spun off Cary Williams and Bernard Pollard, made it 28-13. Then just over two minutes later, the 49ers got a long punt return from Ginn to set up a 6-yard touchdown run by Frank Gore to make it 28-20.

“At no point in the game did we think that we were going to lose,” said linebacker Terrell Suggs who had played 10 seasons before winning his first title. “As long as we had the lead, we knew we had them. They can call us whatever we want but they've got to put champions on it. The Baltimore Ravens are world champions, baby.”