No. 6: Super Bowl XLVII vs. Baltimore Ravens
The only black spot in the 49ers Super Bowl games. A game that will still irk all the true 49ers fans. The “Harbowl” game. The Super Bowl where the lights went out for 35 minutes, and it wasn’t for entertainment. It did help the 49ers’ comeback, though.
The 49ers had blown by the Green Bay Packers at home, and came back from 17 points down on the road against the Atlanta Falcons to win the NFC Championship. Hopes were high that the 49ers could win their sixth Lombardi Trophy.
However, the 49ers got off to a slow start and within five minutes of the game starting they were down 7-0. The 49ers could only manage two field goals in the first half.
After Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones ran back the second half opening kickoff back 108 yards (by the way, Bruce Miller is still being held on that play), the 49ers were staring down the barrel facing a massive 22-point deficit. Then whether it was fate, or just bad luck, half of the Superdome’s lights went out.
This gave the 49ers a chance to regroup and rebound, and they did in a big way. The defense stood up, and the 49ers offense finally got out of first gear. QB Colin Kaepernick threw a touchdown pass, RB Frank Gore ran for another and kicker David Akers kicked a field goal to bring the 49ers only down by five points at the end of the third quarter.
The 49ers had a chance to win the game at the end, down by only five with four minutes to go. On a second-down play, Kaepernick ran a designed rush which would have scored but was stopped due to a delay of game penalty (which we all know was the 49ers bug bear that year).
Kaepernick then tried three successive fade passes to WR Michael Crabtree, and all fell incomplete, ending the dream of a sixth Lombardi and matching the total of the Steelers.
This game was an easy pick for No. 6, as it was the 49ers only losing Super Bowl performance, and the only dominance lasted for around a quarter. Simply put, the 49ers dug themselves too big a hole to win.
Next: Super Bowl XIX