Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) is lifted into the air by teammates after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (Photo: AP)
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Capping a pretty perfect postseason, Joe Flacco completed 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three first-half touchdowns Sunday to earn Super Bowl MVP honors for leading the Baltimore Ravens to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
Flacco became only the sixth quarterback in 47 Super Bowls to throw for three scores in a first half, connecting with Anquan Boldin for 13 yards, Dennis Pitta for 1, and Jacoby Jones for 56.
And the unassuming guy who played his college football at Delaware finished Baltimore's 4-game run to the title with 11 TD passes and zero interceptions. It was an impressive run that included road victories against 2 of the game's best QBs, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.