SAN FRANCISCO — The spirit of hope and anticipation across San Francisco rapidly deteriorated Sunday to sullen disappointment after the San Francisco 49ers lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl.
In the Mission district, which had been the center of celebrations — and violence — after the San Francisco Giants won the World Series last fall, disappointed fans stumbled out of bars after the 34-31 loss.
"Damn, that's all I have to say," said Niners fan David Mejia, 32, of San Francisco.
As the game drew to an end, dozens of police officers and sheriff's deputies fanned out on foot, motorcycles and patrol cars. A police helicopter hovered above, watching for signs of trouble.
The city had braced for possible rowdiness in the wake of the damage caused after the Niners won the NFC Championship Game two weeks ago and the Giants' win in the World Series.
After the NFC game, about a dozen people were arrested — mostly for public intoxication. When the Giants won the World Series in late October, a city bus was set ablaze, cars were overturned and bonfires were in trash containers and in streets. About three dozen people were arrested.
"We will not tolerate the types of property destruction and violence that took place during the World Series," San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said Friday.
Despite the large number of people on sidewalks, most appeared to be well-behaved in the Mission after the game. Police said 25 people were arrested for public intoxication, but that was only a preliminary count. A final count would not be available until Monday.
"City-wide, everything seemed to be pretty good," Officer Carlos Manfredi said. "We did have a couple of flare-ups in the Mission district but otherwise everyone seemed to be behaving themselves."
Jason Helgerson, a 23-year-old from San Jose who had watched the game at the Elixir Bar, took the loss in stride.