Power failure hits Superdome

Vernon Davis wasn't the only one surprised when the lights went out in the SuperDome. (Matt Slocum / AP)

Vernon Davis wasn’t the only one surprised when the lights went out in the SuperDome. (Matt Slocum / AP)

In an embarrassing moment for CBS, the NFL, New Orleans, the Super Bowl and the entire sports-viewing universe, a power failure has hit the Superdome — and just as everyone was commenting that this game felt like it was over with the Ravens taking a 28-6 lead.

The NFL has had no announcement about the cause of the power outage, which has lasted over 20 minutes. Head referee Jerome Boger told CBS that power would be on in 7-to-10 minutes, which would make for an delay of 34 minutes, 55 seconds.

CBS is reporting that the problem is with an outside source that provides power to the stadium. ESPN reported that, according to police officials, the problem occurred when too much electricity was pumped in and caused a surge.

As officials spoke with Ravens Coach John Harbaugh, he seemed agitated. His Ravens had just come out of the lengthy halftime show and had scored on a kickoff return by Jacoby Jones.

Meanwhile, players spent time stretching on the field…because what else would they do?

This is the second time, though, that this has happened to the 49ers. A little over a year ago, in a “Monday Night Football” game in Candlestick Park, the lights went out.

 

 

 

 

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