"We did all we could do," said Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. "I just hope it was enough."
But was it enough? The Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII 34-31 over the 49ers, but the team nearly blew a 22-point third quarter lead and had only a 10-6 regular season record. It remains to be seen if all of that is enough to convince the NFL power rankings experts on NFL.com and on various sports media websites that the Ravens deserve the top spot.
"Do I honestly think they're the best team?" said one FoxSports.com NFL power rankings panelist who asked to remain anonymous. "Not at all. But I always put the Super Bowl winner No. 1. It's my policy. I didn't set up the playoff system. It's the system we have and, good or bad, it's designed to determine a power rankings No. 1."
Not all power rankings voters agree, however.
"I look at power rankings as something that weighs the current, but also looks ahead to the future," said an NFL.com power rankings expert. "All credit to the Ravens, but I think the 49ers are the team to beat next year. They're younger, they were better in the second half, and Colin Kaepernick is a future star at quarterback. I'm putting the 49ers No. 1."
The Ravens plan subdued celebrations until all power rankings are released, which is expected by Tuesday night.
"I hope it's unanimous," said Flacco. "Including from blogs that do power rankings. It's been my dream since coming into the NFL to be the No. 1 ranked team on every sports website and blog. I don't know if I'll ever get this chance again."
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like Flacco's dream will come true. While the Ravens are expected to finish No. 1 on most major media power rankings, one Pittsburgh Steelers blog — WeGotSix.net — has the Ravens ranked 24th in its final power rankings.
"Ravens still suck and will always suck. They couldn't even beat Charlie Batch at home," reads the entire Baltimore entry in the site's rankings.