Do Patriots fans feel a little better knowing that the team that knocked them out is now the Super Bowl champs? The Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31, in the 2013 Super Bowl. Joe Flacco won the MVP in what was Ray Lewis's final game before he retires.
This game really was the tale of two halves.
Baltimore jumped out to a huge first half lead behind the arm of Joe Flacco, who finished the game completing 22-of-33 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns. Flacco had a beautiful pass to Anquan Boldin for six to kick things off and followed that up later with a bomb to Jacoby Jones, who somehow made the catch and ran it in. Jones later helped things out with a 108-yard kickoff return, which put the Ravens up 28-6 just after halftime.
Then the power outage came. Yes, the power outage. Shortly after that Jones touchdown return, the power went off at the Superdome, leaving us with no audio feed of the CBS announcers. It was a 33-minute delay and eventually the game was back on -- but the momentum had clearly changed.
Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers responded in a big way after the power outage. Kaepernick, who ended the game with 302 yards passing and one touchdown, brought the 49ers back to within one score with only minutes remaining. The game was close enough that the 49ers had a 4th-and-5 with 1:50 remaining, down 34-29. Kaeperick's pass was incomplete which all but gave the Ravens the game.
Baltimore had to take a safety with 11 seconds left in order to preserve the win.