Lights out Super Bowl! Ravens make final stand to beat Niners for NFL title

Joe Flacco
Joe Flacco

NEW ORLEANS – The Baltimore Ravens shook off an unprecedented Superdome blackout and a near improbable second-half comeback by the San Francisco 49ers, to hold on and capture one of the greatest, and certainly wildest, Super Bowls 34-31.

In the end it was the aged, but still game, Ravens defense that delivered one final goal-line stand to clinch victory. A fourth-down pass from Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick sailed long with 1:46 to play, allowing Baltimore to hold on.

In a game full of huge momentum swings and electric, back-and-forth plays, everything seemed to turn on a 33-minute, third-quarter power outage at the Superdome.

The Ravens led 28-6 early in the third quarter, riding the momentum of a 108-yard Jacoby Joneskickoff return for a score before the Superdome lost power, casting the field in darkness, shutting off the air conditioning and delaying the game for over half an hour before order was restored.

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