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NEW ORLEANS -- Former Harvard standout Matt Birk became the 14th former Ivy Leaguer to capture the Vince Lombari Trophy as the Baltimore Ravens held off the San Francisco 49ers for a 34-31 victory in Super Bowl XLVII.
Birk's Ravens did not let a 34-minute power outage in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome quell their momentum after the team got out to 28-6 lead. Baltimore held on after San Francisco scored 17 unanswered points in the second half to get its second National Football League title in franchise history.
In his fourth season with the Ravens and his 15th NFL season, Birk earned his first Super Bowl ring following Kevin Boothe (Cornell) and Zak DeOssie (Brown) winning their second with the New York Giants last year.
Baltimore team president Richard "Dick" Cass graduated from Princeton in 1968 and got his law degree from the Yale Law School in 1971.
During the game, Columbia Associate Director of Athletics for Sports Medicine Jim Gossett served as one of two NFL Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) spotters during the game. Gossett is in 33rd season working for Columbia, his 28th as head athletic trainer for the Lions.
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