Maybe you have seen some of those old nostalgic football films of guys with helmet print afros, long hair with bangs and pork chop side burns on the sideline with sweat pouring off of their faces and water being poured on their heads. These men have dirt, grass, stick’em and tape all over them displaying the desire and tools necessary to win.
These football titans are trying to overcome all odds to taste victory in extreme harsh football conditions such as the Ice Bowl in 1967 with the Dallas Cowboys battling the Green Bay Packers. This game was played at Lambeau Field Green Bay Wisconsin. The temperature at kickoff was 15 degrees…below zero and with the wind chill it was 40 below zero. There was also the fog bowl in Chicago’s Soldier Field on New Year’s Eve in 1988 where the Chicago Bears hosted the Philadelphia Eagles. After the opening kickoff of the second half of Super Bowl XLVII, the Baltimore Ravens versus the San Francisco 49ers, energy was as high as could be after the Ravens’ Jacoby Jones finished a 108-yard return for a touchdown.
Then, unexpectedly, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome lights went dark. You could see the players grabbing their helmets getting ready to go onto the field to only be told there was going to be a delay. There was confusion on where the power outage was and Ravens coach John Harbaugh was not happy to say the least.
Players where told to stretch, fans made their way for more beverages and bathrooms breaks while announcers were doing their best at filling in the dead time, which by the looks of some of the announcers, it was easier said than done.
Once the blackout was over, 34 minutes had passed and by the time Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco stepped back on the field, 80+ minutes had passed. Until that point the 49ers where losing 28-6 and needed a breather to get back in the game and they did it in a big way.
The 49ers led by quarterback Colin Kaepernik scored 17 unanswered points on the Ravens. The Ravens pulled out the Super Bowl victory 34-31 but if they lost the championship there would have been more theories than on what happened. This is where the tin-foil-hat-wearing conspiracy fans will go into overdrive, with blame that the 49er fans were behind it or the 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, brother of the Ravens coach, had the lights turned out.
There’s also the most famous one yet blaming the Superstar Diva Beyonce for blowing the halftime spot up and literally blowing the lights after her act! In defense of Beyonce, there were separate generators for her stage and had nothing to do with the Super Dome. So if you hear 49ers or Ravens fans going all X-Files Agent Mulder at the water cooler, just understand that mystery was created at Super Bowl XLVII when the lights went out in New Orleans!