Super Bowl XLVII was lights out, both metaphorically and in reality, as a scrappy Baltimore Ravens team beat the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 34 to 31 at the New Orleans Superdome Sunday night.
The Baltimore Ravens dominated the game during the first half and for part of the third quarter, leading 21-6, at halftime and 28-6, after Jacoby Jones ran 108 yards for a touchdown at the start of the second half.
The game looked like a blowout for the Ravens when, with about 13 minutes left in the third quarter, half of the lights in the Superdome suddenly went dark and the game was halted.
While a team of announcers struggled to fill the air time and officials scrambled to find out what went wrong, the nationwide television audience was left to wonder how the largest television spectacle of the year could suffer such a technical malfunction.
It was an eerie spectacle with the players waiting on the field in the dark while crews tried to get the stadium lights back on. When the lights finally streamed on again after one half hour of darkness, the game continued with the Ravens appearing to lose momentum while San Francisco surged back. The 49ers racked up 23 points in short order, including two touchdowns in just more than two minutes.
The power outage caused the game to run long, making it the longest Super Bowl game in history, and also one of the more exciting. With eight seconds to go, San Francisco came within three points of Baltimore. The score was close enough to pull off a win but the Ravens resisted and held onto their lead to win the Lombardi Trophy