Superbowl draws single biggest audience ever
The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers faced off in the Mercedes Benz Superdome on Sunday night in Super bowl XLVII. The game’s highlights came complete with record breaking yardage, one unforgettable half-time show, a too-close-for-comfort comeback and a power outage that shocked players and fans alike. The game finished with a 34 – 31 Raven’s lead which serves as Baltimore’s only second Super Bowl title.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco felt the heat to bring home the win, especially with linebacker Ray Lewis’ retirement looming, and the country’s love for success stories hoping Lewis would end his career with a championship. Lewis is the only remaining player on the Ravens who competed during the Ravens’ last championship win in 2000. Flacco completed several incredible plays including a 56-yard touchdown to wide receiver Jacoby Jones, which gave the Ravens a staggering 21-3 lead by the end of the second quarter. Jacoby Jones dropped jaws and made Super bowl history with his incredible touchdown that occurred less than a minute into the third quarter. Jones received the opening kickoff far into the Raven’s end zone, and ran it the entire length of the field making it the longest in the history of the Super bowl breaking Atlanta Falcons’ Eric Weems record of 102 yards for a kick-off return in the post-season in 2010. The touchdown gave the Raven’s a 28 – 6 lead and left most 49er’s fans left in the dust.
Beyonce’s half-time performance received impeccable reviews. Her set began with her song “Love on Top,” and transitioned into her female anthem “Crazy in Love” complete with signature booty shake. Beyonce was joined on stage by gal pals Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland who all together form Destiny’s Child for a blast from the past with “Bootylicious.”
After the half-time performance and Jones’ touchdown, the Raven’s momentum seemed unstoppable until the power went out in the Superdome halting the game for 34 minutes and making this year’s Super bowl the longest in history. Speculations immediately arose of Beyonce’s performance causing the power outage though these claims have since been defunct. It was the first time this type of incident has occurred at the championship.
The power outage seemed to have given San Francisco some sort of kick-start seemingly almost serving as a half hour long “time-out” because once the power was restored, the 49ers gave the Ravens a run for their money. By the final quarter, the 49ers were only down by five and with minutes left in the game, were able to make it to the 7 yard line with a first down. It looked like San Francisco was going to pull off the upset, but after several terribly called plays including three consecutive failed passes from 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to wide receiver Michael Crabtree, the 49ers were unable to bring it home.
The Ravens were the more diligent team while the 49ers at first seemed distracted before finally regrouping and making an aggressive attempt at a win. Super bowl 46 certainly did not disappoint viewers, though one probably could not say the same for the lackluster commercials.