Super Bowl 2013: Blackout Helped Ravens Win

7 Feb

‘The Harbaugh Bowl.’ ‘The Brothers’ Bowl.’ This year’s super bowl had many names associated it with it, but the best way to sum up the big game is “awesome,” especially with the curve ball of the unexpected stadium blackout.Super bowl 2013 blackout

The game started out heavily lopsided in favor of the Baltimore Ravens (21-6 heading into halftime) but it all changed at the start of the third quarter. To start the second half, the 49ers kicked the ball off to the Ravens and Jacoby Jones ran the entire length of the field and then some (108 yards) to put the 49ers in a bigger hole.

Superbowl 2013

The coaches of the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, who are also brothers.

Then something completely unexpected happened…the lights went out.

This caused a 35 minute delay, which in turn gave the 49ers some much needed rest and regrouping. They came roaring back onto the field, and scored 17 points in the 3rd quarter making the score 28-24.

The lopsided game turned into an interesting game because of the light malfunction. The Ravens ended up holding onto the lead for the fourth quarter, thus winning the game 34-31. It capped off a great season for Baltimore, along with a fantastic career for linebacker, and future hall of famer, Ray Lewis.

Joe Flacco Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens, who was named MVP in the 2013 Superbowl.

Joe Flacco, quarterback for the Ravens, was named MVP of the game. He threw for 287 yards and 3 touchdowns and went 22/33. Not to mention that he was playing perfect in the post season, throwing no interceptions during that time. Hopefully, the Ravens can continue this momentum into the next year and win back to back super bowls.

Overall, the super bowl was a good one. The game really picked up after the 35 minute delay, and the backstory (two brothers fighting for the Lombardi trophy) made for a great conversation piece leading up to the game.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of the commercials weren’t very memorable, unless you count that awkward ‘Go Daddy!’ commercial (see below).

Now that the football season is over, sports fans have to wait until August to see their favorite teams take the field.  It seems like a long time, but thankfully there are other great sports events coming up (March Madness, NBA Finals, NHL Finals, baseball season).

In the meantime, and until August, let’s go Jets!

Patrick Van Dyke

Image sources: ESPN (Joe Flacco), CDN.com (Ravens and 49ers coaches), Discovery.com (Blackout stadium)

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