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Super Bowl XLVII

The Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers faced of at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.

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WethepeopleWASHINGTON — A little too full to go to work the Monday after the Super Bowl?

Well, you might soon be in luck.

A petition started on the White House’s petition page, We the People, would require the Monday after the Super Bowl become a national holiday if turned into law.

The petition, started by 4for4 Fantasy Football, asserted that the estimated 111 million people that watch the Super Bowl need the day off after the big game. If signed into law, the national holiday would “promote a more productive workplace when work resumes on Tuesday,” its organizers said.

The petition had nearly 15,000 signatures by Sunday evening. Petitions on We the People need 100,000 signatures before a letter of response is issued by the White House.

BALTIMORE — Video of Ravens fans celebrating in the streets after the team’s Super Bowl win.

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NEW ORLEANS – Ray Lewis’ last ride has ended with a Ravenscoronation.

Twelve years after they won their first Super Bowlwith Lewis and the defense leading the way, the Ravens reigned again, finishing off a surprising playoff run in dramatic fashion. Behind the arm of Joe Flacco and the legs of Jacoby Jones, the Ravens held off the San Francisco 49ers in a 34-31 victory in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Completing one of the best postseasons for a quarterback ever, Flacco threw three first-half touchdown passes to three different receivers. Jones, who caught one of those touchdowns, then provided the exclamation point by returning the opening kickoff of the second half for a 108-yard score. That gave the Ravens a 28-6 lead.

The victory gives the Ravens their second Super Bowl title and their coach, John Harbaugh, significant bragging rights over his younger brother Jim, the coach of the 49ers. It also provides a fitting end to the Lewis era, which spanned 17 seasons, and established the identity of the franchise.

For more on this Baltimore Sun story, click here.

SuperbowlNEW ORLEANS — Stadium lights went out for more than 35 minutes during the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans Sunday. Naturally, everyone took to Twitter with their best jokes. Here’s just a smattering of what people had to say about the unfortunate delay:

Commercials

NEW ORLEANS — Nearly as important as the game itself, the ads that air during the Superbowl keep all eyes on the screen. And while Superbowl 47 maybe be as memorable for Beyonce’s halftime performance and the third-quarter loss of lights as the game, there’s plenty of chatter about the ads that ran between plays.

Here’s a recap of some of the best ads that aired during Sunday’s game.

Budweiser: Horse story

Doritos: Goat 4 Sale

VW: Get happy

Taco Bell: Seniors party 

Samsung: Rudd v. Rogen

Dodge Ram: God made a farmer

GoDaddy: Geeky is sexy

M&M: I’d do anything for love

Audi: Prom

SuperbowlNEW ORLEANS – It’s Super Bowl time again, and that can mean only one thing. Well, two things, actually. Overdone commercials and anticlimactic halftime entertainment.

But will today’s CBS telecast also bring out the best football? Perhaps. But the Ravens and 49ers will have to go a ways to beat some of the greatest contests in Super Bowl history. Following is our (admittedly subjective) list, arranged chronologically:

1. Super Bowl XIII / Jan. 21, 1979 / Miami

Pittsburgh Steelers 35, Dallas Cowboys 31: This was Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach’s last Super Bowl, and it was a bittersweet one. Billed as a matchup between two dominating QBs – Terry Bradshaw led the Steelers — Dallas was plagued by some ferocious sacks and tough penalties. Even so, Staubach kept a relentless scoring pace, with his Cowboys becoming the only team in history to score more than 30 points and still lose the Super Bowl. NFL legend Boomer Esiason later said the game exemplified Staubach’s fighting attitude, adding: “Too bad for him Terry Bradshaw was on the other side.”

2. Super Bowl XXIII / Jan. 22, 1989 / Miami

San Francisco 49ers 20, Cincinnati Bengals 16: A heart-stopper. The score was tight throughout, with both teams hobbled by devastating injuries (Bengals’ defensive lineman Tim Krumrie smashed two bones in his leg so badly that medics had trouble carting him off the field). Finally, with the 49ers down by three late in the fourth quarter, quarterback Joe Montana led the team on 92-yard scoring drive and hurled the game-winning pass with 34 seconds to go.

For more on this LA Times story, click here.

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