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A Super Spectacle

The Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl 

February 04, 2013
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Baltimore Ravens MVP Joe Flacco holds the Vince Lombardi championship Trophy following his team's 34-31 win.

From start to finish, Super Bowl XLVII was an electrifying event. The Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers faced off Sunday night at the championship game at the Superdome arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. The stadium was packed with cheering fans dressed in purple for Baltimore or red for San Francisco, all with the hope of seeing their beloved team return home with the Vince Lombardi championship trophy. In a game that was exciting and action-packed until its final moments, there could only be one winner. The Baltimore Ravens took the win with a final score of 34-31.

Darkness falls over the New Orleans Superdome as a power outage delays the game by 34 minutes.

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Darkness falls over the New Orleans Superdome as a power outage delays the game by 34 minutes.

Countdown

Baltimore took the lead in the first half of the game, but an unexpected power outage paused the team's progress. Without any warning, several banks of lights and scoreboards went completely dark. The blackout created a strange scene on the field, leaving players on both teams to stretch, discuss drills, and even chat with their opponents.

After a 34-minute delay, power was restored to the Superdome, but Baltimore seemed to have lost its spark. It seemed as if a comeback for San Francisco might be possible. But in the end, Baltimore took the win. The MVP award went to Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who ended the game with a total of 287 passing yards and three touchdowns.

“I’m going to Disney World!” Flacco shouted at cameras as purple confetti rained upon the field. The celebratory phrase is an NFL tradition that is shouted out by a player on the winning Super Bowl team. Flacco went to Disney World Monday to participate in a celebratory parade in the Magic Kingdom.

Though the win was Baltimore’s, San Francisco played their hardest. “Everybody had their hand on this game,” said 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis. “We win together, and we lose together.”

Field of Dreams

Baltimore Ravens tight end Billy Bajema celebrates with two young fans by making snow angels in the purple confetti.

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Baltimore Ravens tight end Billy Bajema celebrates with two young fans by making snow angels in the purple confetti.

Though the stadium lights went out for part of the time, there was plenty of energy on the field to charge the game for its entire four hours and 14 minutes. America’s biggest sporting event began with a soulful national anthem, sung by musical artist Alicia Keys. At halftime, music fans turned their attention to the stadium stage once again, for a fast-paced performance by Beyoncé. Brothers Jim and John Harbaugh faced off against each other as head coaches and shook hands in an emotional postgame greeting after John’s team took the win. Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis bid goodbye to his 17-year-long football career as he celebrated his final victory. 

With its unexpected blackout, dazzling musical performances and a friendly family feud, Super Bowl XXVLII will certainly be a game to remember. Next year, the sporting event will head north to MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants. Spectators will be sure to bundle up, as the stadium is an outdoor venue without a roof enclosure. Though next year’s Super Bowl may be colder than this year’s was, let’s just hope the lights stay on in 2014.


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