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Monday, September 2, 2013
Joe Flacco doesn't buy conspiracy theory

By Jamison Hensley

On the week the Baltimore Ravens open the season under the lights in Denver, they are still being asked about being in the dark in the Super Bowl.

The lights going out at the Superdome have become a hot topic again because linebacker Ray Lewis hinted on the "America's Game" documentary series that the power outage may have been a ploy to help the San Francisco 49ers regroup.

Not all of the Ravens agree with Lewis.

"Listen, I’m not against conspiracies, but I don’t necessarily think that was one of them – no," Flacco told reporters Sunday. "So, I don’t really concur with that.”

The lights went out early in the third quarter, shortly after Jacoby Jones’ 108-yard kickoff return gave Baltimore a 28-6 lead. The unprecedented Super Bowl moment delayed the game for 34 minutes. San Francisco then scored 17 unanswered points once the game resumed, and the Ravens needed a late fourth-quarter stand in the red zone to prevail.

“I’m not gonna accuse nobody of nothing — because I don’t know facts,” Lewis said, according to USA Today. “But you’re a zillion-dollar company, and your lights go out? 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.”