Super Bowl XLVII: Most Memorable Moments from Thrilling Championship Clash

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03:  Ed Reed #20 of the Baltimore Ravens holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy following their 34-31 win against the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Years down the line, you will not be able to remember everything that happened in the Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens. Instead, the game will be boiled down to a few key moments.

The game itself was a great one. Joe Flacco and the Ravens came out on fire and built up a 28-6 lead over the NFC champs. However, a 23-3 run by the 49ers made it a competitive game.

In the end, Baltimore was able to do enough to win 34-31. However, these will be the things that will be remembered from Super Bowl XLVII.



A few minutes into the second half, the lights went out in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. The game was halted and play was not able to resume until after a 34-minute delay.

This led to an explosion on Twitter that ranged from a little clever to a little scary:

Once the issue was fixed, it seemed like only one team was ready to come back. The 49ers scored the next 17 points and had all of the momentum for the rest of the game.

While the Ravens ended up winning, an alternate result would have caused many to blame the blackout for affecting the outcome of the game.

Fortunately, this ended up being just a minor disturbance. Still, this will certainly be referenced for years to come as "the time the lights went out at the Super Bowl."


Ray Lewis' Last Game

It seemed like this was all the media talked about going into the game. After the game, it was much of the same story.

Ray Lewis has put together a fantastic career and will certainly go into the Hall of Fame as one of the best linebackers of all time.

When he announced that he was retiring at the end of the season, the Ravens rallied around him and went on a magical run to win the Super Bowl. 

Lewis was able to leave the game on top, just like John Elway. It did not seem possible entering the year, but he has added to his legacy in a very positive way.

Even if he was not the best player on the field, he will certainly be the one that people remember when thinking about the championship.


Pass Interference Non-Call

With just under two minutes remaining in the game, the 49ers had a chance to take the lead with a touchdown. They got the ball to the 5-yard line with just a fourth-down play to score.

Colin Kaepernick threw a fade to Michael Crabtree, although the receiver appeared to be held by Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith.

Coach Jim Harbaugh did not hold back his criticism when discussing the play, according to Benjamin Hoffman of the New York Times. He told the media after the game, "There’s no question in my mind that there was a pass interference and then a hold on Crabtree on the last one."

Crabtree took a much more professional approach, according to Gregg Rosenthal of

It was the last play, and I'm not going to blame the refs. It is what it is. It came down to the last play and it didn't happen. (If) somebody grabs me, you always expect the call, but you can't whine to the referee. It is what it is. You have to just take it like a man, take the ill.

A penalty would have given the 49ers a first down and four more chances to score a touchdown. However, either call would have caused one fanbase to complain.

Either way, this will likely be the lasting image as it was the moment that decided the winner of the 2013 Super Bowl.