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February 15, 2013
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Super Bowl XLVII

Cody Goggin

In the United States and around the world, the Super Bowl is one of the most important and the most viewed sporting event of all-time. The Super Bowl includes the game, the halftime show, the commercials, and having a good time with friends and family. The Super Bowl is becoming part of American culture.

This year, Super Bowl XLVII was between the Baltimore Ravens and the 49ers of San Francisco. The Ravens have faced adversity all season and since the beginning of the playoffs they have been fighting for the career of their team captain, Ray Lewis. Lewis is their dominant figure and has provided inspiration for their team all season.
The 49ers have had a revelation at quarterback this year with the discovery of the talents of second-year quarterback Collin Kaepernick. An injury to Alex Smith opened up the starting job to Kaepernick who impressed and did not relinquish his starting spot by earning the trust of his coach.

Possibly the biggest storyline of this Super Bowl is that the two head coaches squaring off against each other are brothers. John and Jim Harbaugh have only coached against each other one other time, but this time it was on the biggest stage in all of sports.

They are the first ever siblings to ever coach against each other in the Super Bowl.
The first half was all Ravens. Baltimore completely destroyed the 49ers on offense, defense, and special teams. During the first half, everyone was either praying for a comeback or for the game to get over with because the game was not exactly exciting at all with a score of 21-6 at halftime.

This onslaught continued with the first play of the second half. Baltimore received the kickoff from San Francisco, and looking to set the pace for the second half, Jacoby Jones returned the kickoff 108 yards to set a Super Bowl record and tie the all-time record for longest kick return ever. After a couple more plays, possibly one of the most bizarre things to ever happen at the Super Bowl happened: The lights when out. That’s right, half of the power in the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome completely went off, leaving the crowd in players in a dim light for over 30 minutes, delaying the game and shifting the momentum the way that the 49ers needed.

Coming back from the delay, San Francisco scored three touchdowns in a span of four minutes to make this a game again. At this point, the score was 28-23. After a Ravens field goal, Kaepernick finished off another 49ers drive with the longest quarterback touchdown run in the super bowl ever, cutting the lead to two with just under ten minutes remaining. Baltimore could only manage to add another field goal, however, the 49ers could not score either until the Ravens took a safety with four seconds left in the game to waste time and secure the victory. As the safety punt took place, a 49ers player was tackled to end the game and the Ravens ran on to the field as champions.

Their names were up in lights and written in history books. They were handed the Lombardi Trophy, T-shirts were passed out, and newspaper headlines read of Baltimore’s great battle. This was the dream coming to life. For these players, the world must have completely stopped as they accomplished something that for many is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The dream had been realized and grabbed. Quarterback Joe Flacco was named Super Bowl MVP, possibly earning the status of “elite” amongst his peers in the league, and possibly earning a pay raise from the Ravens who gave the kid from University of Delaware a chance to play in the NFL.

This game started out bad, had a long delay, and then became a great Super Bowl, although it lacked the trademark moments like some of the more recent Super Bowls. For some, their whole years were made by the Ravens success, and for others they will have to suffer with the agony of defeat and wait until next year, and then there are the people who are already looking forward to next year and trying to predict who will be hoisting the Lombardi at the end of the season next year. Memories were made in New Orleans and the dream was realized for one team that dedicated themselves to their team.

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