Here is what other news outlets are saying about the Ravens,
--- Don Banks of Sports Illustrated writes that legendary linebacker Ray Lewis ended his career on top.
"You don't have to buy everything that Ray Lewis is selling -- and plenty of people don't, me included -- to enjoy the storybook ending that was his 'last ride,'" Banks wrote. "Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens are champions of the NFL again, 12 years after their first Super Bowl ring was earned, and he will forever be remembered for having gone out on top, in a fashion so few get to experience. It's not really important that folks outside of the Baltimore organization believe in Lewis' ability to inspire and lift his teammates to greatness. Because those inside it do. And that was enough to get the job done this season, wasn't it?"
--- Robert Klemko of
"It's 12:40 a.m.," he wrote, "and Joe walks into Huck Finn's on Decatur St., a three-room French Quarter sports bar tucked away from raucous Bourbon Street. Tonight the bar hosts a private party for Joe's family and friends, 60 of them flown here at Joe's expense the week of the biggest game of his life. Wearing a long sleeve grey shirt, blue jeans and grey sneakers, Joe pushes open the door, grinning. The party cheers his arrival, and before he can hug his wife, Dana, chants of 'M-V-P, M-V-P' fill the bar. Outside, Ravens fans in purple jerseys crouch and peer through the window panes as an unassuming bouncer stands guard at the door."
--- Michael Silver of Yahoo! writes that the Ravens' long, turbulent trip to a Super Bowl title this season was a love story.
"His work was done. His conquest was complete. And with his sons in tow, a victory party to attend and a post-football existence to begin, Ray Lewis politely declined to answer another question about the Baltimore Ravens' remarkable Super Bowl XLVII triumph," he wrote. "Then, suddenly, the departing star changed his mind: The subject matter stopped him. What's love got to do with it? Lewis, the Ravens' legendary linebacker and unparalleled leader, the man who'd just been part of a dramatic goal-line stand to preserve a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, flashed a satisfied smile and gave the final quote of his 17-year career. 'Love,' Lewis said, 'is the reason why we're here.'"
--- Greg Garber of
"Two weeks ago, Jack and
--- Pete Prisco of
"Sitting on the end of the bench, cool as can be, darkness dimming the Superdome around him, the uncertainty of the situation unsettling to most, Joe Flacco seemed to shine brighter than anybody else during the 34-minute break when the lights went out on Super Bowl XLVII Sunday," he wrote. "If he was bothered, it didn't show. The beam of validation, the shine of Super Bowl greatness, seemed to be emanating from a quarterback who needed it, a quarterback who until Sunday was considered part of the second-tier group of passers in the league. At the time of the blackout, when a power outage dimmed the lights and seemed to give life to the San Francisco 49ers, the Ravens led 28-6 and Flacco had three touchdown passes in the books, so maybe he had reason to be calm. This was his time, his moment. Seeing him calmly sitting on the bench, you could tell he knew it."
"Jacoby Jones is not the most notable native Louisianian on the Baltimore Ravens; that would be safety
--- Mike Pereira of FOX Sports writes that despite complaints from the 49ers, officials made the right "non-call."
"[Colin] Kaepernick lofted a pass to
--- Mark Purdy of The San Jose Mercury-News writes that the 49ers feel the better team lost in the Super Bowl.
"The game will be remembered as a classic and legendary and crazy Super Bowl. And in the Bay Area, it will be remembered as a game the 49ers lost, not a game the Baltimore Ravens won," he wrote. "'I respect them,' running back
--- Peter Schrager of FOX Sports writes that coach John Harbaugh made believers out of this Ravens team.
"Harbaugh got the best of Jim Harbaugh in Super Bowl XLVII -- the first time two brothers faced off as opposing coaches in an American professional league championship game," he wrote. "The Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in a record-long 4-hour, 14-minute marathon that included huge swings of momentum, key fourth-down stands and a 34-minute blackout. John Harbaugh beat Jim, his younger brother by a mere fifteen months, to the family's first Lombardi Trophy. And he has the Motown writing duo Ashford and Simpson to thank. Wait, what?"
--- Ashley Fox of ESPN writes that Flacco is poised to cash in after leading the Ravens to a Lombardi Trophy.