NEW ORLEANS – From the darkness of a half-lit stadium came to light one of the most exciting Super Bowls in history.
Differences between the Ravens and 49ers were evened when a power surge dimmed the lights at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVII just when Baltimore was in position to beat San Francisco in blowout fashion.
But the 34-minute break instead opened up opportunities for the team in red to get a little closer to the one in white and turn the 47th edition of the greatest spectacle in football one of the best.
In the end, however, the Ravens proved to have just enough to win the Super Bowl, holding on after a late 49ers charge to win 34-31 Sunday night.
Baltimore owned the first half as their defense put the pressure on Kaepernick, allowing him to lead San Francisco to just two field goals in the first 30 minutes. Joe Flacco, meanwhile, was in complete control as he tossed a trio of touchdowns to Ravens receivers.
Anquan Boldin caught the first from 13 yards out in the first quarter to give the Ravens an early 7-0 lead. After a 49ers field goal Flacco then hit Dennis Pitta (one-yard) and Jacoby Jones (56-yards) for scores to make it 21-3. David Akers second field goal of the half helped San Francisco cut into the lead before the break.
Jones seemed to put the Ravens in control for good when he took the second half kickoff 108-yards for a touchdown to make it 28-6. Then things got a little weird.
Later in the third quarter the lights in half of the Superdome went out, forcing each team to stay on the field in the dark for over a half-hour. When the lights finally came back on, so did Kaepernick and the 49ers.
San Francisco rolled off 17 points to end the third quarter, including a Kaepernick touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree, a Frank Gore six-yard scoring run and another Akers field goal to make it 28-23. Baltimore appeared to regain some control when a long drive led to a Justin Tucker field goal but Kaepernick quickly led another drive downfield and finished it with a 15-yard touchdown run. The two-point pass attempt was no good so San Francisco still trailed by two.
Tucker would add another field goal to push the Baltimore lead to 34-29 but back came the 49ers who drove down inside the Baltimore five-yard line. But the Ravens defense held from there, forcing four incomplete passes to seal a second Super Bowl championship in franchise history.