By: Sports Columnist, Justin De Lange.
Click, click. Off went the lights on the 49ers side of the Super Dome. Ironically, the power going out would represent something else turned off for San Francisco, their drive to win. Joe Flacco, the South Jersey native, trounced the 49ers offensively in Super Bowl XLVII.
Flacco ended up with a 124.2 passer rating, and accumulated 3 touchdown passes on 22-33 completed passes for 287-yards. The way he moved the ball down the field was superb. They had no problem with moving the ball down to the end zone in the first quarter. Once in the red zone, Flacco threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin.
The 49ers answered by moving down the 27 yard line, but were content with a David Akers field goal. The score at the end of first quarter of play was 7-3.
The second quarter was even worse for San Francisco. Joe Flacco flung out a couple of touchdown passes; a one-yarder to Pitta and a huge 56-yard pass to Jacoby Jones. Once again the 49er had to settle for an Akers field goal.
The first half consisted of 49er rookie quarterback that was beat by Ravens defenders. He was sacked three times. It was a rough night for the young quarter back.
As the game went on emotions escalated. Ravens and the 49ers players got in each other’s faces and pushed and shoved all game long.
The Halftime show with Beyoncé was energetic, however, it would take up more energy than it would generate. At the start of the third quarter, during one of the opening plays of the second half, the broadcast went out, and then the lights turned off. That was it; the power was out. The outage lasted for total of 34 minutes. Reports later that night told that the half-time show took up most of the energy in the stadium.
This seemed like a bad omen for a while, as the 49ers started to make a comeback. There was no stopping them for the third quarter. Colin Kaepernick threw a 31-yard pass to Michael Crabtree and handed off to running back Frank Gore for a 6-yard run into the end zone.
It seemed for a while that San Francisco would come back. However, the comeback would be short lived. The black-out did not stop the Ravens from winning on that special night.
In a kick return to Ravens Jacoby Jones, The Niners couldn’t stop Jones from running into the end zone for a 108 yard touchdown, which would turn out to be an NFL record. Then in the fourth quarter, on the last scoring drive for the Ravens, kicker Justin Tucker kicked a 19-yard field goal. That was the final nail in the coffin for Kaepernick and the 49ers.
Once the game ended the emotions ran high. As the confetti fell, players cried and hugged each other. For some players, such as Ravens 17-year veteran middle linebacker Ray Lewis, the game meant the end of a career. For others it meant the start of their own careers.
Though there was no Gatorade being poured on Coach John Harbaugh, his emotions were evident. The two head coaching brothers, Jim Harbaugh (49ers) and John Harbaugh (Ravens) exchanged a hand shake and acknowledged each other’s coaching accomplishments.
Ray Lewis could be seen crying on the side lines. He saw that his 17-year hall of fame career flash before his eyes. Joe Flacco lifted the Lombardi Trophy over his head with a smile. This was the 28-year olds first Super Bowl title; he won it not only for the city of Baltimore, but for his hometown of Audubon, New Jersey. Flacco went into the game being questioned as to whether he was an elite quarterback. He replied to those doubters by saying, “I don’t think I’m top five, I think I’m the best.”
Even though the lights went off in the Super Dome in the third quarter, the light continued to shine on Joe Flacco and his new trophy. The Ravens are the champions; the champions of the world. And that’s a light that will shine forever, power outage or not.