Originally Posted by blayze
Not that we can prove it either way, but I disagree that this wasn't a factor.
I definitely expected the Niners to come on strong in the 2nd half so a comeback of some sort was inevitable since they couldn't possibly get any worse - but personally I don't see how the blackout doesn't work to the Niners advantage. It's the same as calling any timeout to stop the other team's momentum and to regroup... except this was a free 45 minute timeout.
Like I said, the 49ers were having no issues moving the ball against the Ravens that day, even before the brownout. There's another universe out there where the lights stay on and the 49ers make their comeback anyway. I'll point to two pieces of evidence to support this theory:
If what the 49ers needed was an extended break to help them out then why wasn't half time effective?
If the brownout was so important then why didn't the 49ers immediately pick up the first down following it? For this narrative of the brownout being helpful and giving the 49ers life/momentum you'd think the Ravens wouldn't be able to immediately make a huge play to hold the 49ers on third down at mid-field there.
I think that people will believe any narrative you throw at them and that a lot of times these narratives are way less important than the effects of chance and execution. The 49ers didn't make a comeback because of some brownout. A brownout happened and then a very good 49ers team made a comeback because they started executing better than before and cut out the turnovers. Please remember that correlation does not equal causation.