This is Baltimore's second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. They last made it in 2000, beating the New York Giants 34-7 to claim their one and only Lombardi Trophy.
Baltimore's road to the Super Bowl started by winning the AFC North with a 10-6 record. They dispatched the Indianapolis Colts 24-9 in the Wild Card round, then had to go on the road where they were heavy underdogs in both games.
The season had its rough spots. Baltimore made a 9-2 run through Week 12. The Ravens lost their next three games, including a Week 14 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins that got offensive coordinator Cam Cameron fired with just three games left to play. Jim Caldwell took over the play calling duties in time for one more loss before a statement win over the Giants in Week 16.
A win also means linebacker Ray Lewis gets one more game in his storied career. Lewis, 37, announced earlier in the season that he would retire at the end of Baltimore's playoff run, ending his 17-year career.
The Ravens overcame the odds, however, upsetting the Denver Broncos 38-35 in double-overtime and outlasting the New England Patriots this week 28-13.
The Ravens and 49ers kick off February 3 at 6:30 ET on CBS.