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For all of the 49ers fans who are still angry the Jim Harbaugh-era 49ers never won a Super Bowl, wide receiver/kick returner Ted Ginn may have offered a new person to blame for underachievement: Beyoncé.
During a Thursday appearance on Bleacher Report’s “The Lefkoe Show,” Ginn said the 49ers would have won Super Bowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens had the lights in the Superdome not gone out at the start of the third quarter, shortly after Beyoncé’s halftime show.
“I don’t think everyone remembers you were on that  49ers team, one of the most talented teams ever,” Lefkoe said to Ginn. “And then Beyoncé knocks the power out, the Ravens beat you in the Super Bowl. If that power outage doesn’t happen Ted Ginn—”
“We’d have won that,” Ginn replied.
“You think so?” Lefkoe asked.
“Yeah we gave them time. We [usually] warm up, get back right,” he said. “We were over there like, ‘Hurry, get the power back on.’ We were ready to go.”
Ginn’s opinion is likely to be unpopular among Ravens fans, since Baltimore appeared to be pulling away before the lights went out — and many believe the power outage actually let the 49ers back into the game.
Jacoby Jones had just run back the opening kickoff of the second half to put Baltimore up 28-6 when the lights went out, and once power was restored, the 49ers scored 17 unanswered points in the third quarter to bring the game to 28-23.
There was no immediate explanation for what caused the power outage, and some hypothesized that the heavy use of lighting effects during Beyonce’s halftime show may have created an issue with the Superdome’s relatively old electrical systems.
Days after the game, the stadium’s power company refuted this and said that a device installed to prevent power outages was improperly used, and subsequently triggered the very thing it was intended to prevent.
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis didn’t buy the explanation, and alleged a conspiracy by the NFL.
“You’re a zillion-dollar company, and your lights go out?” Lewis said. “No. No way… You cannot tell me somebody wasn’t sitting there and when they say, ‘The Ravens [are] about to blow them out. Man, we better do something.’ … That’s a huge shift in any game, in all seriousness. And as you see how huge it was because it let them right back in the game.”
Lewis’ conspiracy theory led 49ers owner Jed York to tweet, “There is no conspiracy. I pulled the plug” after the former linebacker’s comments in September 2013.
Regardless of whether it was Beyonce, an improperly-used device or an NFL conspiracy, the bizarre power outage in Super Bowl XLVII is clearly still a sore spot for some players.
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