The power went out. Then the 49ers made a comeback until their luck -- and their downs -- ran out. Then time ran out.
Then the emotions spilled out.
"I'm frustrated," said 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman. "It leaves a bitter taste in our mouth."
Actually, there were all sorts of tastes -- and all sorts of twists -- during the course of an exhausting Super Bowl that took more than four hours to play because of a 34-minute power outage at the Superdome.
But when the wild ride stopped, Baltimore owned a 34-31 victory over the 49ers. It could have been otherwise. But the 49ers blew a golden opportunity on their final offensive series with a strange set of play calls inside the Ravens' 10-yard line.
Let the second-guessing begin. That is, as soon as everyone sits down and figures out exactly what happened.
Wouldn't you love to be at the next Harbaugh family reunion to hear the dinnertime discussion?
"I thought we battled right to the brink of winning," said 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. "It was a heck of a football game."
"You know what the turning point of the game was?" John Harbaugh, the Ravens coach, asked the media. "The final play."
The game will be remembered as a classic and legendary and crazy Super Bowl. And in the Bay Area, it will be remembered as a game the 49ers lost, not a game the Baltimore Ravens won.
"I respect them," running back Frank Gore said of the Ravens. "But we're the better team.