SUPER BOWL WATCH: Super indeed, Baltimore's joy

Monday - 2/4/2013, 2:42am EST

By The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Around the Super Bowl and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of everything surrounding the game:

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WHAT A GAME! SUPER BOWL SUPER INDEED

This year's Super Bowl sure lived up to its name.

With a power outage, a record kickoff return, a blink-and-you'll-miss-it scoring flurry and the biggest goal-line stand of Ray Lewis' long career, the Baltimore Ravens' 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers was so wacky and thrilling it even made folks briefly forget about the Harbaughs.

Until John shoved a photographer to get to his little brother, that is.

The game had all the makings of a yawner in the first half, as the Ravens steamrolled San Francisco to a 21-6 lead. When Jacoby Jones returned the opening kick of the second half 108 yards for another Baltimore touchdown, most folks at home headed for the kitchen, happy to have seen Beyonce's Destiny's Child reunion and leaving their TVs on just so they could see the commercials. (To recap: Chrysler and the Clydesdale were warm-and-fuzzy, GoDaddy.com was just gross and most of the rest were forgettable _ many were released in advance, anyway.)

Then the power went out. And the game's entire mojo changed. Fitting, considering this is New Orleans.

The 49ers that could only manage two field goals in the first half went on a scoring frenzy, ripping off 23 points in a little over 12 minutes. When they reached the Baltimore 5 yard line just before the two-minute warning, the unprecedented comeback was almost complete.

Right. Like this game was going to get wrapped up that easily.

The Ravens defense stopped quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers not once, not twice, but three times, forcing them to turn the ball over on downs. Then Baltimore tried to run the clock out _ literally. Did you see punter Sam Koch run around the end zone like he was playing a game of keep away? San Francisco wound up with a safety, but did nothing with the final kickoff.

The Ravens ran onto the field, the confetti fell and, just like that, it was done.

Four hours and 14 minutes has never been so much fun.

_ Nancy Armour _ http://www.twitter.com/nrarmour

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REPEAT? 14-1 ODDS, VEGAS SAYS

So now that the Baltimore Ravens are NFL champs, what are the odds they'll do it again?

According to sports books in Las Vegas, 14 to 1.

Casinos put up lines for next year's championship immediately following the Super Bowl.

The San Francisco 49ers are actually a bigger favorite to win it all next year, 8 to 1, tied with the Denver Broncos. New England is the overall favorite.

_ Oskar Garcia _ http://twitter.com/oskargarcia

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QUICKQUOTE: VERNON DAVIS

While the Baltimore Ravens can revel in their Super Bowl win for the next few months, the San Francisco 49ers are already looking ahead.

"We've always got next year, we've got next season," tight end Vernon Davis said. "May as well look forward to next season."

_ Nancy Armour _ http://www.twitter.com/nrarmour

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KAEP: LAST PLAY WAS AUDIBLE

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick came just short of leading the 49ers to an unprecedented Super Bowl comeback.

But with three chances to take the lead needing 5 yards for a touchdown, Kaepernick had three straight incompletions.

All three passes were intended for wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who got tangled up with a defender on the final play. No holding was called _ 49ers coach Harbaugh screamed from the sideline and signaled for a penalty.

Kaepernick's off-balance throw under pressure on fourth down sailed through the end zone. He lowered his head slightly and walked slowly off the field.

"That wasn't the original option," Kaepernick said. "It's something I audibled to at the line based on the look they gave us."

_ Janie McCauley _ http://twitter.com/JanieMcCAP

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QUICKQUOTE: RAY RICE

Ray Rice wants diamonds in his Super Bowl ring. Lots and lots of them.

"I want to light up like a chandelier when I turn off the light," the Baltimore Ravens running back bellowed, urging Ray Lewis to ask Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti for some bling in their rings.

Rice finished with 59 yards on 20 carries in Baltimore's 34-31 victory over San Francisco.

_ Nancy Armour _ http://www.twitter.com/nrarmour

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DAHLBERG: ADVANTAGE, JOHN

AP national sports columnist Tim Dahlberg just filed his latest dispatch on what he calls "the strangest Super Bowl you will ever see."

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