The storylines to this year's Super Bowl were almost written in the stars, and probably on a number of journalists’ laptops, before the game even kicked off.
Those of us who already follow the NFL in the UK will have known, and regurgitated these tales before kick-off to anyone who cared to listen. The two brothers as head coaches on opposite sidelines, Ray Lewis' final game in the league, a young quarterback at the helm of a high powered San Francisco offence, and the rebuilding process that has taken around eight years to take place at one of the grandest franchises in NFL history.
But no-one could have pre-empted the event that will undoubtedly dominate the headlines of Super Bowl XLVII for weeks, if not years, to come.
The blackout in the Superdome.
Should we have a 30+ minute blackout in every Super Bowl?
It changed the game with the flick of a switch.
This year's big game had looked like it was destined to be an all purple and black affair in New Orleans after Beyonce thrilled the capacity crowd in the Superdome with an electric display in the traditionally extravagant half-time show.
The 34-minute delay, that almost ruined American sports' biggest event, did nothing but turn a one-way street into a two horse race once again.
The 49ers had been firing hot and cold on their first trip back to the big game in over 15 years, with hot shot quarterback Colin Kaepernick playing well, but not perfectly, in a first-half dominated by Baltimore.
But as the lights went out, the game brightened up for NFL fans on the West Coast of America, and neutrals were treated to a third quarter that saw San Francisco put up 17 points in just over three minutes, and the Ravens see a commanding lead fade into dust.
It saved our Super Bowl
While the BBC's Mark Chapman may not be everyone's cup of tea in front of the camera, one joke he continued to repeat as the game moved into the final quarter rang very true indeed.
Anyone who had gone to bed during the blackout needed to be woken up immediately.
Even the dreamers in the audience, those of us who believe that no game is over until the final whistle, didn't see San Francisco getting their way back into the game. The crowd was with Baltimore, the pundits were with Baltimore, and the score was most definitely with Baltimore.
But Kaepernick and Gore's touchdowns revived the NoCal crowd and fans who had been asleep on their sofas, tucked up in bed, or who had just been idly watching the night's entertainment suddenly found themselves rudely awoken at an ungodly hour to cries of "the game has just gone crazy!!"
The final verdict
Baltimore's bland style of offense and well versed defence would have put the neutral to sleep long before 2 am on Super Bowl night, but the most unexpected incident put the 2012/13 season's finale firmly into the NFL's already formidable history. It also, though, will have helped to bring new fans to the game, fans who will have discovered that night, that nothing in America's 'football' is a foregone conclusion.
Beyonce, blackouts and Baltimore may have dominated Super Bowl XLVII, but it will undoubtedly by given more than a B rating from whoever was barmy enough to stay awake until 4 am on a Sunday night.