Super Bowl XLVII was setting up to be one of the dullest Super Bowls in recent history, a nostalgic throwback to the days when the Dallas Cowboys would routinely dismantle the Buffalo Bills, when something unexpected happened. Down 28-6 to the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had just taken a sack when the lights went off in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. A mere 34 minutes later - although it must have seemed like centuries for the TV analysts filling-in - the power came back on in New Orleans and with it returned the San Francisco offense. After scoring only two field goals prior to the power failure, the 49ers scored 17 unanswered points and looked poised to pull off the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history. Suddenly, the media had its narrative: the 49ers had the momentum and it was all thanks to the power outage.
Unfortunately for those already writing their stories in their heads, and for those rooting for San Francisco as well one supposes, the "Blackout inspires miraculous 49ers comeback" headlines were not to be. Down just 34-29 with less than two minutes remaining, the 49ers were in a first and goal situation but were unable to score the necessary touchdown.In the end, the Ravens defeated the 49ers 34-31, the 49ers tacking on a meaningless-to-all-but-gamblers safety to account for the final score, leaving San Francisco fans despondent.