For the first two quarters, the Ravens seemed unstoppable, steamrolling the 49ers and building a 28-6 lead.
But then, half the lights in the Superdome went black.
Monitoring equipment sensed an abnormality in the building's electrical system and cut power to some sectors to isolate the issue. Power utility Entergy said the problem was a "customer issue."
The NFL released a statement saying it was "investigating." The power company said it was not to blame and that electricity in the rest of the city was fine.
The outage left players, coaches and fans to wait, wait and wait some more.
Social media lit up.
After 35 minutes, when the lights slowly went back on, so did San Francisco -- prompting many to wonder if the break in play played to the 49ers advantage.
Running back Frank Gore felt differently.
"You have to wait. Football is a game of adjustments. The elements don't matter," he told NFL.com. "I've been saying it all year, the elements don't matter in football. You've just got to learn how to make adjustments."
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