NEW ORLEANS — Groggy and functioning on an hour and a half of sleep, the magnitude of what he accomplished just hours prior still hadn’t sunk in for Joe Flacco on Monday morning. Add in receiving a brand-new shiny Corvette for winning MVP honors of the Super Bowl, and it’s easy to understand why it all seems like a dream for the 28-year-old.
“It’s just a surreal moment, and hopefully in about a week we can wind down and start to enjoy it a little bit,” the Baltimore Ravens quarterback said of his performance that catapulted his team to a 34-31 victory against the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
As is customary for the winning Super Bowl team, Flacco and Ravens coach John Harbaugh had to rise and shine at the crack of dawn to shake hands with Commissioner Roger Goodell, meet the media and reflect on their wild win. It can be a bit taxing, particularly coming off a night of celebration.
“We were dancing the night away to Mary J. [Blige],” Harbaugh said. “It was great. We had a lot of fun last night and that was a great moment.”
The Baltimore party almost didn’t come to fruition thanks to a riveting comeback attempt from the 49ers. The Ravens jumped out to a 28-6 lead in part due to three Flacco first-half touchdowns, but San Francisco stormed back behind the talented quartet of Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore, Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree.
Flacco, who is likely headed for a big payday as his contract is up after this season, and Baltimore dug deep to find the resolve to hang on for the franchise’s second Super Bowl title.
“I think their offense started to catch fire a little bit, which they’re very capable of doing,” Flacco said. “Having said that, I think we did a great job of handling that momentum shift a little bit and putting points on the board when we needed to.”
The Ravens’ resiliency did more than bring the Lombardi Trophy to Baltimore, it gave John a 2-0 edge in the bragging rights battle against little brother Jim after the Ravens also beat the 49ers 16-6 on Thanksgiving Day in 2011.
John, who said he doesn’t ever see he and Jim sitting down to watch Sunday’s game together, admitted the agony his sibling is going through is the hardest part of the whole experience. Even knowing that, it’s an experience he said was made better by being able to share it with his family.
“As you stood there on the field before the game, I kind of came to the conclusion that the only thing that would have been worse is if one of us wasn’t there,” John said. “The only thing that would have been worse than that is if neither one of us weren’t there.”