Baltimore Triumphs in Superbowl XLVII
by Josh Pomper on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
This year’s Super Bowl had it all: great football, a stellar half time show, an unexpected power outage, and career ending goal line stand by Ray Lewis to secure the victory for the Baltimore Ravens. Right out of the gate, the Ravens quickly established a 22-point lead, capped off by the longest play of any kind in super bowl history—a 108-yard kick return by Jacoby Jones. After ending the first half with a field goal, the 49ers headed to their locker room with an uphill battle to fight.
In the beginning of the 3rd quarter, a power outage delayed the game for 34 minutes. The stoppage in play shifted momentum for the 49ers. After play resumed, Frank Gore, Colin Kaepernick, and the rest of the 49ers’ defensive line battled back to bring the game within two points. As the game came to a close, the 49ers had one last chance to make one of the most remarkable comebacks in super bowl history. True to his character, however, Ray Lewis reminded the world why he is one of the best linebackers to ever play the game. He fittingly ended his career with a goal line stand to secure the win for Baltimore.
While the ballgame kept fans on the edge of their seats, Beyonce’s outstanding halftime performance brought the entire crowd to their feet. The diva’s repertoire included both recent hits and classic favorites– She even brought in Destiny’s Child alumni Kelly Roland and Michelle Williams for a dose of nostalgia. The show was as stunning visually as it was musically. Mesmerizing technical features, combined with B’s A-list dancing, dazzled viewers and made for one of the strongest halftime shows of the decade.
This game was the culmination of a hard fought and exciting season for the Baltimore Ravens. However, if I were to choose the team more likely to return to the Super Bowl next year, I would choose San Francisco. The loss of Ray Lewis and the potential loss of Ed Reed, coupled with the overall age of the team and coach Flacco’s inconsistency, cast doubt on the organization’s ability to continue as a force in the league. At the moment, however, they remain world champions.
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