Super Bowl blackout: Malfunction caused power outage

Al Bello

An equipment malfunction is to blame for the power outage that caused a nearly 34-minute delay during the middle of Super Bowl XLVII.

Faulty equipment is to blame for the strange power outage that occurred at the Superdome in the middle of Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. A piece of equipment designed to monitor electrical load malfunctioned, opening a breaker and shutting off some of the power in the building, according to CBS Sports' Will Brinson.

The power outage occurred early in the third quarter, soon after Jacoby Jones had returned the opening kickoff of the second half 108 yards for a touchdown to give Baltimore what seemed like an untouchable 28-6 lead. The two teams remained on the field during a nearly 34-minute delay before the lights came back on and play finally started up again.

The long delay appeared to hurt the Ravens, as the Niners stormed right back into the game in the third quarter. However, Baltimore would have the last laugh, winning a 34-31 thriller after stopping San Francisco down near the goal line in the final minutes.

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