In the end, it had to end this way.
A heroic effort by the Baltimore Ravens, who were playing their last game with Ray Lewis, their inspirational leader, to clinch Superbowl 47 and give their talisman the perfect send-off with a 34-31 victory over the 49ers. The game itself had everything a Superbowl should. Excitement, controversy, intrigue and some unbelievable performances.
Much of the pre-match build up was to do with Lewis, the 17 year veteran and one of the greatest players to ever play the game, was bowing out right at the top after a long and controversial career. The controversy followed him around this week in New Orleans with allegations of using a performance enhancing substance to aid his recovery from a torn bicep. Lewis denied these accusations, he's obviously heard it all before. His pending retirement bringing up that notorious incident in Atlanta after the 2000 Superbowl. It's water off a Ducks back to Lewis, who has been answering similar questions his entire career.