NEW ORLEANS - The Ravens aren’t letting up at all.
Jacoby Jones opened the second half with a 109-yard kickoff return for a touchdown - the longest in NFL history (playoffs and regular season) - to increase Baltimore’s lead to 28-6.
Apparently Jones’ return was so electrifying that he knocked out the power in the Superdome, The scoreboards went black and the lights have mostly gone down. Can’t say this won’t be a memorable Super Bowl, even if it does end in a lopsided rout.
Update: After approximately 32 minutes without power, all is restored and the game has resumed with the Ravens leading 28-6.
Update II: The 49ers’ offense has finally crossed the goal line, pulling to within 28-13 on a 31-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree with 7:20 to go in the third quarter.
Bernard Pollard and Cary Williams had Crabtree in their sights deep in Ravens territory, but bounced off San Francisco’s top receiver, missing the tackle. Crabtree easily ran in from there.
Can Flacco answer?
Update III: The 49ers are officially back in it.
San Francisco has scored two touchdowns in the last 2:21 to cut the Ravens’ lead to 28-20 with 4:59 to go in the third quarter.
Ravens fans are cheering, but tentatively.
After Baltimore went three-and-out for their second punt since the power outage, the 49ers put themselves in good position on Ted Ginn’s 32-yard return to the Ravens’ 20.
Two plays later, Frank Gore ran it in from 4 yards out to make it a one-score game.
Think the 35-minute break made a difference? Seems that way right now.
Update IV: The Ravens’ first turnover - another Ray Rice fumble - has let the 49ers close to within 28-23 with 18:10 to go in the game.
San Francisco recovered the ball at Baltimore’s 24 and added three more points since the outage on David Akers’ third field goal, a 34-yarder.
Update V: Jones’ return has been cut to 108 yards from the originally ruled 109 after replay review.
It is the longest play in Super Bowl history, but only matches the longest kickoff return in NFL history - a record he tied during the regular season.
Also, tonight’s attendance: 71,024.
Update VI: The Ravens have ended a scoring drought that lasted from the second half’s opening kickoff until the sixth snap of the fourth quarter.
Justin Tucker booted a 19-yard field goal to increase Baltimore’s lead back to eight at 31-23.
That’s a little more comfortable for the Ravens with 12:54 to go, but the 49ers can tie with a touchdown.
Update VII: A game that once seemed on its way to being a Ravens blowout win has completely turned.
The 49ers just pulled to within 31-29 on Colin Kaepernick’s 31-29 touchdown run with 9:57 remaining. San Francisco had a chance to tie, but the two-point attempt failed when Kaepernick’s pass to Randy Moss fell incomplete.
The 49ers have outscored the Ravens 23-10 in the second half. Can Baltimore hold on?
Update VIII: With 4:19 to go, Tucker has increased the Ravens’ lead to 34-29 on a 38-yd field goal.
So an exciting finish is ahead.