Remember that time the lights went out in the middle of Super Bowl XLVII?
The Baltimore Ravens were up by a score of 28-6 over the San Francisco 49ers with just under 30 minutes left to play after Jacoby Jones tied an NFL postseason record with a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and the game looked to be out of reach.
Ray Lewis and Ed Reed were jawing it up together on their sideline, ready to shut the game out as the Ravens had all the momentum.
Patrick Willis was attempting to rally his teammates on the opposite sideline, comparing what the 49ers had experienced in the first 30-plus minutes to taking some big blows in a heavyweight fight.
Then, the unthinkable happened as half the lights in the Mercedez-Benz Superdome went out, causing an in-game delay of over 34 minutes.
None of the players could believe their eyes when it happened. Talk about surreal.
Leaders on both sides worked overtime to keep their troops focused on staying loose, keeping their heads in the game and above all else, not allowing the delay to become a distraction that could derail their chances at glory.
John Harbaugh brought his team together and said, "Hey, I'm reminded of that Motown song: 'There 'aint no mountain high enough, and there 'aint no valley low enough, and there is nothing that is gonna keep us from winning this championship.' "
The 49ers almost mounted an epic comeback, but alas, it was not meant to be. San Francisco failed to convert 4th-and-goal at Baltimore's five-yard line with under two minutes remaining, giving the Ravens their second Lombardi trophy in franchise history.
After a season that began with replacement refs and featured one of the most infamous plays in NFL history, the "Fail Mary," it's rather fitting that the Super Bowl suffered through a major hiccup of its own.
Perhaps next year will go off without a hitch.
The NFL isn't perfect, but isn't that one of the reasons we tune in every Sunday?
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