Nothing went right for the San Francisco 49ers in the first half of Super Bowl XLVII. In the battle between head coach brothers, they struggled on both sides of the ball and the Baltimore Ravens made the HarBowl look like a lopsided contest.
Then the unlikely happens. At 7:37 p.m. CT, a power surge led to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome being mostly unlit and forced the game to be delayed for 34 minutes. The stoppage in play nearly propelled the 49ers to a win over the later-victorious Ravens.
Down 22 minutes with 13:22 left in the third quarter, the lack of working lights worked in the 49ers’ favor. The Ravens were rolling and on the verge of shutting down the 49ers’ hopes of a sixth Super Bowl title. As the teams waited and tried to stay loose for perhaps the biggest game of their lives, the game’s momentum changed.
Even though the Ravens’ were in high spirits during the power outage due to Jacoby Jones’ 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the longest in Super Bowl history, the 49ers’ reinvigorated play following the delay cannot be ignored. San Francisco went on to score 17 unanswered points in about 10 minutes thanks to the contributions by Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore and Vernon Davis, making Super Bowl XLVII a one-score game.
The 49ers are no stranger to odd power outages, as the lights went out at Candlestick Park in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, delaying the game for 35 minutes. Perhaps their experience last season helped the team make a run at a comeback and make the most of this stoppage of play. While their second-half efforts were not enough for the victory, Super Bowl XLVII will largely be remembered as the “Blackout Bowl” in which a power outage nearly helped the 49ers pull off the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.
Austin Chang is a Writer for Sports Out West and a San Francisco Bay Area-based sports journalist. His work can also be found on Yahoo! Sports and Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.
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