NEW ORLEANS — The Baltimore Ravens aren't scheduled to play the 49ers again until 2015. That could change if both teams make it back to the Super Bowl in the same season between now and then.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, the Super Bowl MVP, can't be faulted if he petitions the league to have the 49ers on the schedule every year.
When the two teams played in 2011, he and his wife delivered the news to their families about expecting a child. They did likewise after beating the 49ers for a second time, this time in the Super Bowl on Sunday.
"Last (season) when we played the 49ers, we told my family right after the game on Thanksgiving," Flacco said. "It just happened to work out this way again. So, it's kind of a good-luck thing, I guess."
When asked about the prospect of playing the 49ers every season, Flacco thought about what that might mean for the size of his ever-growing family.
"I don't know, I might have too many kids," Flacco said.
Monday was all about the Ravens, with Flacco and coach John Harbaugh reliving their team's improbable run to the franchise's second Super Bowl victory.
Flacco and Harbaugh avoided talking about any of the controversial plays in the Ravens 34-31 victory, in particular a few pass plays that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh felt officials missed holding or pass interference calls he deemed the Ravens guilty of committing.