Ray Lewis might be retired, but he sure isn’t done talking.
The former Ravens linebacker is alleging that the blackout at Super Bowl XLVII was no coincidence.
"I’m not gonna accuse nobody of nothing — because I don’t know facts," Lewis told NFL Films’ “America’s Game” series. "But you’re a zillion-dollar company, and your lights go out? No. (Laughs) No way.
"Now listen, if you grew up like I grew up — and you grew up in a household like I grew up — then sometimes your lights might go out, because times get hard. I understand that. But 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."
The Ravens held a 22-point lead minutes into the third quarter when the lights went out in the Superdome in New Orleans, halting the game for 34 minutes. When power was finally restored the 49ers went on a furious comeback, scoring 17 points in the span of a little more than four minutes to cut their deficit to five.
Baltimore eventually held on to a 34-31 win in Lewis’ final NFL game.