NEW ORLEANS - The San Francisco 49ers seemed unable to stop the Baltimore Ravens. A significant lack of lighting was able to, however.
The electrical failure in the Superdome that halted Super Bowl XLVII for more than 30 minutes in the third quarter Sunday night seemed to spark the Niners. Trailing by 22 points at the time, San Francisco rallied, getting as close as a two-point deficit before falling 34-31.
It was like they were trying to kill our momentum," Ravens safety Ed Reed said.
He was just kidding, but it was no joking matter at the time as more than 70,000 fans sat in semi-darkness. The 49ers looked to use previous experience to their advantage.
"It was definitely unique," Niners tackle Joe Staley said. "We had a similar situation in our stadium when we played last year against Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football ... and we came out on fire."
The last thing the Ravens wanted was a stoppage of play.
"We were so hot then ... it definitely cooled it off a little bit," Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said.
Said Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell: "Honestly, that kind of slowed things down just a little bit. It's a first, right?"
Some of the Ravens tried to stretch and stay loose, but it wasn't easy - particularly for the team's offense, which hadn't been on the field since the first half.
"Honestly, for myself, I was a little stiff when I got back out there," Ravens running back Ray Rice said. "It was about an hour because if you think, from the time when halftime was 30 minutes. Then we go out there and Jacoby [Jones] took one back. Then the power goes out and that's another 30 minutes
"Was it tough getting back out there? It was pretty tough. But I'm glad we were just able to finish the game and be world champions."
BIG PLAY: Super Bowl XLVII featured maybe a half-dozen plays - and one massive power failure - that could've been considered to be turning points. One crucial early play that will be somewhat forgotten because of the wild finish was turned in by rookie defensive lineman Courtney Upshaw, who won his second championship in 13 months inside the Superdome.
The Ravens still led, 7-3, but the 49ers had swung momentum with an impressive defensive stop and four consecutive positive offensive plays to drive 56 yards for a first-and-10 at the Ravens' 24-yard-line early in the second quarter. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick handed off to speedster LaMichael James, who went around the right end before being stood up by defensive back Corey Graham.
The rookie pursued the play, reached in and knocked the ball out of James' hands. Arthur Jones recovered the fumble and the Ravens had momentum back. It was 21-6 at halftime; 28-6 when the lights went out.
Upshaw is quite familiar with Superdome success. He helped Alabama shut out LSU here in last year's BCS Championship.
HOME GAME: Louisiana native Ed Reed returned to New Orleans and won his Super Bowl ring.
"We won it in paradise," the Ravens' free safety said. "Oh, man. Oh my God. Is it real? Is it real? In the 504 [area code]?"
Reed, the 11-year veteran, intercepted Kaepernick in the second quarter. It marked the first time a 49ers quarterback had ever been intercepted in the Super Bowl as neither of Kaepernick's Super Bowl predecessors, Joe Montana and Steve Young were ever picked.
Reed now has 70 interceptions in regular-season and postseason play, the fifth player in NFL history to reach that number.
STILL PERFECT: The Ravens are the only team with multiple Super Bowl appearances who have never lost. They are 2-0, also having won after the 2000 season. San Francisco had previously held that distinction, but the Niners fell to 5-1 with their loss on Sunday.
The Ravens overall postseason record of 14-7 is the best percentage of any team to have participated in at least 12 games.
RECORD RETURN: Ravens return man Jacoby Jones took the second-half kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown. It was the longest play of any kind in Super Bowl history. The previous long was James Harrison's 100-yard TD return in Super Bowl XLIII.
It was the ninth kickoff return for a touchdown in Super Bowl history, the second by a Ravens. Jermaine Lewis went 84 yards for a score in Super Bowl XXXV.
POSTSEASON PILLAR: Flacco finished with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions during the playoffs, tying Montana's record for perfection. (Kurt Warner also threw 11 TD passes). His passer rating was 117.2, the highest ever for a QB with at least 100 postseason passes.
THIS AND THAT: Ngata left the game late in the third quarter, grabbing his knee during Frank Gore's touchdown run. He did not return ... The Ravens won the turnover battle 2-1, meaning the team with fewer turnovers has won the Super Bowl 92.1 percent of the time ... The Ravens became the 21st Super Bowl winner never to trail.