For San Francisco 49ers fans, they remember Super Bowl XLVII like it was yesterday. One play, five yards, a non-call on a holding penalty….oh so close.
But for retired Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, he remembers the blackout during the second half of the game that resulted in a 34-minute delay. That gave the 49ers some time to recuperate, and they reeled off 17 straight points to get themselves back into a game that was previously being dominated by the Ravens.
“I’m not gonna accuse nobody of nothing — because I don’t know facts,” Lewis said, according to USA Today (via the Baltimore Sun). “But you’re a zillion-dollar company, and your lights go out? No. No way.”
Lewis, who made the comments on an NFL Films special that documented the game, believes that someone purposely switched off the lights to help the 49ers.
“Now listen, if you grew up like I grew up — and you grew up in a household like I grew up — then sometimes your lights might go out, because times get hard. I understand that,” Lewis continued. “But you cannot tell me somebody wasn’t sitting there and when they say, ‘The Ravens [are] about to blow them out. Man, we better do something.’ … That’s a huge shift in any game, in all seriousness. And as you see how huge it was because it let them right back in the game.”
To be fair, the blackout can’t be the only reason the 49ers made a comeback. They may have gained some momentum, but they still had to play and score touchdowns.
However, one must wonder if the Ravens’ blowout would have continued had the lights not gone out.