Quarterback Joe Flacco led the Baltimore Ravens to one of the tensest Super Bowl wins in recent memory, then said: "We don't make it easy."
Flacco was named MVP for his performance, as he threw for 287 yards, including three touchdowns, in the Ravens' 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
But it could have been so much easier for the Ravens, who were leading 28-6 before a 34-minute stoppage caused by a power outage, after which the 49ers were rejuvenated and almost pulled off the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. "It's unbelievable," Flacco said.
"I tell you what, we don't make it easy. But that's the way the city of Baltimore is, that's the way we are. We did this for them back home."
Flacco held off contract talks until the end of the season - a decision which now looks set to pay off handsomely, with a Super Bowl ring and an MVP award on his CV.
"[Ravens majority owner] Steve Bisciotti told me that if this happens then I can go and pound on his desk and really stick it to him - and I said that's exactly what I'm gonna do," Flacco told NFL.com.
Flacco insisted he would be staying in Baltimore, saying: "There's no doubt about it, I'm going to lead this team into the future, but this is a team. We get the misconception in Baltimore that this is a bunch of individuals playing for the victory.
"There is not a closer-knit group of guys that I've ever been around. Ray Lewis is the best team-mate you can ever imagine. It's sad he's known for the opposite of that, when that couldn't be further from the truth."
Flacco was pleased to see the Ravens hit top form at exactly the right time.
"When you're a little kid and you're out in the schoolyard, you dream of being a Super Bowl champion one day, and we made it happen," Flacco said. "When we're put on the big stage and we need to win games, we're a good football team, so that's what happens - we usually win them. We were able to put a good string together at the end and come together at the right time."