This Super Bowl marked the 10th time New Orleans hosted the big game. Now, it's tied Miami for most in a city. The 49ers have been to the Super Bowls six times, but it is the first time they lost. The Ravens have won the championship one time before. It was in 2001.
Then, the linebacker Ray Lewis was voted the game's MVP. In this game he was not the major factor unlike the last time, but there was still a close attention to him from media and fans since he had decided to retire after the game bringing to an end his 17-year career.
The game itself seems to have been greatly impacted by the blackout with 13:22 minutes left in the third quarter and the Ravens leading 28-6. The light disappeared in about half of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The referee stopped the game while stadium staff attempted to fix the electricity. At about 8:45 P.M. Eastern Time the power was restored and the lights started coming back on.
The delay lasted 35 minutes, according to CBS, which broadcast the game. The pause apparently helped the 49ers to get back on track. They scored three times in just over four minutes after the game had been restored. Soon, it was as close as 31-29. After all, Ravens managed to bring the game to a final thrilling 34-31 win.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw three touchdowns without once being intercepted, as he racked up 287 passing yards. Flacco completed a masterful post-season by winning the championship and being named Super Bowl MVP.
Before the game began, with 100 million or so Americans expected to tune in on TV, a chorus of 26 children from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut – where 20 students and six adults were killed in a shooting rampage in December – sang "America the Beautiful," accompanied by "American Idol" alum Jennifer Hudson. Grammy winner Alicia Keys performed the national anthem.
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