NEW ORLEANS (AP) - In a Super Bowl that went from blowout to blackout to shootout, the Baltimore Ravens held on to edge the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 on Sunday in one of the most thrilling NFL deciders ever.
A power outage at the Superdome early in the second half stopped America's biggest sporting event for more than half an hour and seemed to rob the Ravens of their momentum, having just established a 22-point lead.
After the interruption, the 49ers stormed back, cutting the deficit to just two points but Baltimore hung on as San Francisco came so close to the go-ahead score. The 49ers had first-and-goal in their final drive, trailing by five points, but quarterback Colin Kaepernick could not connect with a receiver.
The Ravens gave away a safety to run down the clock, making it 34-31 and while San Francisco had one last chance on the subsequent kick-off return, returner Ted Ginn Jr. was quickly swallowed up by Ravens tacklers, sparking celebrations by Baltimore players and staff.
Among those pouring onto the field in delight, and relief, was Baltimore coach John Harbaugh, who got the better of younger brother Jim in the first meeting of coaching siblings in a Super Bowl. …