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.