And then the lights went out. The Super Bowl went semi-dark. Players wandered aimlessly. Officials looked lost. The most marketed, most orchestrated, most expensive sports show on earth had been reduced to a high school play when someone steps on the extension cord.

Suddenly, silhouettes. It was fitting for a game in which, to that point, half the participants were shadows. The Baltimore Ravens might have noticed the power outage. But how could the San Francisco 49ers tell the difference? They hadn't scored a touchdown, were trailing by 22 points and had just surrendered a 108-yard kickoff return, tying the Super Bowl record. Colin Kaepernick, the young quarterback, looked overwhelmed. The defense was getting pasted. It couldn't have gotten much darker for San Francisco.

But then it did. A 34-minute power outage that killed electricity, stopped escalators and left the Superdome eerily quiet. Players stretched. They laid down.

"It felt like an hour," Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta would say.

And apparently, during that break, the teams traded in their game plans. Because when play finally resumed, it wasn't the same.

Lights on for 49ers

Suddenly, illuminated. With the lights back on, the 49ers shed the shackles and pulled on the Superman spandex. A touchdown. Another touchdown. A forced fumble. A field goal. Baltimore, so dominant in the first half, was playing like a balloon with a leak.

With just over 10 minutes left, Kaepernick took off and raced into the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown, the longest run by a quarterback in Super Bowl history. A failed two-point conversion left the 49ers trailing, 31-29.