What they're saying
Ray Lewis, Ravens LB, on winning his final game:
"It's simple: When God is for you, who can be against you? It's no greater way, as a champ, to go out on your last ride with the men that I went out with, with my teammates. And you looked around this stadium and … Baltimore! Baltimore! We coming home, baby! We did it!"
Lewis, on the late defensive stand:
"The most exciting things ever were the conversations we were having on the goal line. Nobody ever panicked. There was no panic. When you have that, when your back is against the wall … for us to stand up like that is just a testament to what we've been through all year."
John Harbaugh, Ravens coach:
"That was the hardest fourth quarter of my life. With us, it's never pretty, it's never perfect, but it's our way all the way."
John Harbaugh, on coaching against his brother, Jim:
"It's very tough. It's a lot tougher than I thought it was going to be. It's very painful. … That was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. I told him I loved him. He told me, 'Congratulations.' "
Jim Harbaugh, 49ers coach, on the second-half rally:
"Our guys battled back to get back in it. There's no question in my mind there was a pass interference and then a hold on (receiver Michael) Crabtree on the last one. In my opinion, that series should have continued."
Joe Flacco, Ravens QB and game MVP, on his defense's late red zone stand:
"I was sitting there thinking there's no way, there's no way we stop them here. But we did."
Flacco, who can become a free agent this offseason, on his future:
"I'm a Raven for life. A Raven for life."
What they're saying
Jim Nantz, CBS play-by-play announcer, to analyst Phil Simms after outage:
"Hey, the next time you decide to plug in your phone charger, give us a warning, will you?"
Jack Harbaugh, talking before the game about his wife, Jackie, and him seeing their sons, opposing coaches John and Jim, afterward:
"There's going to be one winner and one (son) that's going to be totally disappointed. Our thoughts go to that one that will not experience the thrill of victory."
Mike Sando, ESPN.com:
The 49ers came excruciatingly close to a sixth Super Bowl title, but they couldn't draw up or execute the winning plays with four shots from the Baltimore 5-yard line. Overall, they made too many mistakes to win the game. The 49ers' total collapse early in the game raises questions about their readiness for the Super Bowl after a week filled with the usual distractions, plus the one cornerback Chris Culliver created with his derogatory comments during the week.
Peter Schmuck, Baltimore Sun:
Of course, Lewis couldn't have stayed out of the spotlight if he had tried — and he didn't — but this night belonged to Joe Cool, who has spent this postseason setting records and poking a football in the face of everyone who ever questioned whether he belonged among the NFL's elite quarterbacks.
Jamison Hensley, ESPN.com:
Bumpy last ride: Ray Lewis' final game was far from his finest. He was often picked on in the passing game and didn't have the speed to keep up with 49ers tight end Vernon Davis. But Lewis won a Super Bowl 12 years after his first one. Only Ted Hendricks (13 seasons) went longer between Super Bowl titles.