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Super Bowl power outage delays 49ers vs. Ravens game

You read that headline right. A power outage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana has delayed the 2013 Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. The CBS announcers suddenly cut off and then the lights went out at the Superdome.


Was it the Ravens who knocked the lights out, dominating the Ravens in the first half? Or was it Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime show that shut the power down?

The power company says it wasn't them.

This made John Harbaugh very angry.


The word unbelievable is fitting here. The power went out during the country's most-watched television program. The lights went out in what was roughly half the stadium, with the other half of the lights taking up to 20 minutes to come back on.

The CBS announcers had no audio so they went to Steve Tasker, the sideline reporter, and Solomon Wilcots, before sending it back to James Brown and the studio team.

Here are a few reactions to the power outage:

The Ravens' response was perhaps the best:

And a few pictures of the great power outage of Super Bowl 2013:

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