The All Blacks have survived a tenacious Wallabies counter attack to win back-to-back Rugby World Cups, with Dan Carter topping any previous career highlight with his dominant display.
The first-five star's late drop goal to give a seven-point buffer followed by his mammoth 50 metre penalty will go down in memory amongst his 19 points, his whole performance a stand out on the grandest stage.
At 21-3 with half an hour to play, it was beginning to be a cakewalk but a yellow card to Ben Smith with half hour to go turned the match completely. A composed finish and Carter's moment of magic sealed the result, 34-17.
It was the All Blacks' game to win from the beginning and the first to set the tone was Jerome Kaino and his crunching tackle in the first minute put the Wallabies immediately on the back foot.
It was all black for the Wallabies until five minutes in and Kieran Read's recoiled in pain, clutching his right ankle – the signs weren't good for medical staff as the attrition rate ramped up quickly.
Contact was brutal and as well as bloodied noses by the quarter mark, Kane Douglas was gone, Matt Giteau was gone and Read was battling on.
Lauded all tournament, the Wallabies defence continued to defy and covered the lateral attacks for the most part, Scott Sio lucky to be a participant after two targeted hits on Carter.
The strategic cheap shots had little impact and Carter was perfectly on song off the tee - four from four and all from wide out.
The possession stats began to really hurt the Wallabies and the continuity from the All Blacks pack was building, Retallick and Kaino breaking lines with their smart gap running.
The pressure told and as they are prone to do, the All Blacks struck on the collar of half time, an intelligent use of the ball putting Nehe Milner-Skudder over unhindered in the corner.
The Smiths, Aaron and Conrad conspired to work their winger in with a training-ground schooling on space manipulation.
16-3 at the break was fair and despite the margin, a compliment to the Wallabies who thwarted countless raids – time and erosion was working against them however.
Cometh the second half and cometh Sonny Bill Williams, igniting the All Blacks' attack from his first signature touch.
A second offload in traffic paid huge dividends and outgoing veteran Ma'a Nonu saw the field open up ahead of him….but he had fifty metres to run.
The footwork was astounding and Kurtly Beale went sprawling from the Nonu swerve, Drew Mitchell unable to catch up in cover when the second-five put his foot down for the final twenty metres.
At 21-3, the Wallabies looked ripe to be run ragged but there was always going to be a twist in the final's tale.
The All Blacks 22 was finally entered and the complexion of the match was twisted on its head in the space of thirty seconds.
A tip tackle put Ben Smith in the bin and instantly, the line out drive prospered, David Pocock on the ball. Nothing to worry about just yet for All Blacks fans?
Composure returned albeit briefly, Smith's ten minutes was coming to an end but Tevita Kuridrani took the invitation to make the All Blacks pay, his try from loose play a fright scarier than any Halloween costume.
Fifteen men rallied and an upfield surge was full of promise, Carter seizing the opportunity to stamp his mark on the outcome with a snap 35 metre drop goal that was never missing.
Yelling at the ball to get over, Carter had made it a seven point cushion and in a career that had seen a lot of highlight moments, this was well on its way to being his defining moment.
Did it kill off the Wallabies revival though? Carter's 50 metre penalty with five minutes to go sure did and a miracle comeback was unlikely.
For good measure and to crown themselves before the final whistle did, Beauden Barrett slid in, his smile saying it all, this team certain to go down as the greatest ever All Blacks unit.
All Blacks 34 (N.Milner-Skudder, M.Nonu, B.Barrett tries; D.Carter 4 pens; 2 cons; DG)
Wallabies 17 (D.Pocock, T.Kuridrani tries; B.Foley pen; 2 cons)