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Baltimore Ravens celebrate taking Super Bowl title

Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy as he celebrates victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Credit: Reuters

The Ravens rejoiced in a confetti-covered Superdrome after narrowly snatching the title from the San Francisco 49ers, who had staged a remarkable second-half comeback following the stadium's 34-minute power cut.

Baltimore Ravens' Ma'ake Kemoeatu celebrates victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Credit: Reuters

The 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh slammed key decisions made by the referees after his team lost 34-31.

He questioned two non-calls in the final series when the 49ers failed to convert with a first and goal as they looked to find receiver Michael Crabtree with the game on the line.

"There's no question in my mind that there was a pass interference and then a hold on Crabtree on the last one," he said.

Baltimore Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox celebrates celebrates victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Credit: Reuters

He was also unhappy officials did not call holding as Ravens punter Sam Koch took a safety and protested the decision to penalise cornerback Chris Culliver for pass interference.

Unusually, Harbaugh's older brother John is the head coach of the Ravens, and the siblings - whose parents attended the game together - shared an awkward hug after the tense game.

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh (L) congratulates his brother, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, after the Ravens won. Credit: Reuters

Victor John paid tribute to his younger brother after the game:

"There is no greater coach or competitor in the National Football League than Jim Harbaugh. The way the team played proves it. What they have done the last two years is unprecedented."

He went on: "They showed it today, the way they battled back and fought right to the end. That is who he is and who they are. I could not be more proud of him and what he has done."



In pictures: The NFL Super Bowl XLVII

Fans await the start of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII game between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans, Louisiana. Credit: REUTERS/Stacy Revere
Singer Alicia Keys acknowledges the crowd while performing America's National Anthem before the start of the game. Credit: REUTERS/Brian Snyder
San Francisco 49ers cheerleaders look on while their team plays the Baltimore Ravens. Credit: REUTERS/Jeff Haynes
Baltimore Ravens' Dennis Pitta catches a second quarter touchdown pass. Credit: REUTERS/Mike Segar
Former Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps watches from the sidelines. Credit: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Sandy Hook Elementary School choir sing at Super Bowl

The Sandy Hook Elementary School Choir, from Newtown, Connecticut sing with Jennifer Hudson. Credit: REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

The Sandy Hook Elementary School choir sang ahead of America's biggest sporting event, The Superbowl.

In December, 20 children and six adults from the school were killed in a shooting rampage.

Singer Jennifer Hudson performed patriotic song "America the Beautiful" with the children ahead of the match between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.

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