Superdome power goes out for 30 minutes during Super Bowl XLVII

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

NEW ORLEANS -- Not long after the Ravens' Jacoby Jones figuratively turned the lights out on the 49ers with a 108-yard kickoff return, the Superdome lights literally went out with 13:30 left in the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVII and power didn't return for a half hour.

Mercifully, emergency lights hung on in the Superdome, but the packed crowd started getting restless. One gentleman yelled at press members in the media press box, the Ravens fans did their "Seven Nation Army" chant and the crowd routinely booed throughout the 30-minute wait.

The air conditioning failed as well and for the first time ever, the notoriously frigid Saints press box got as hot as the bayou.

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So what happened exactly? No one's particularly sure, including the NFL.

"Stadium authorities are investigating the cause of the power outage," the league said in a statement. "We will have more information as it becomes available."

Some have asked what this means for CBS Sports given the network was broadcasting the game. CBS Sports VP of Communications Jennifer Sabatelle provided an explanation based on the information known.

“Immediately after the power failure in the Superdome, we lost numerous cameras and some audio powered by sources in the Superdome,"Sabatelle said in a statement. "We utilized CBS's back-up power and at no time did we leave the air. During the interruption, CBS Sports' Steve Tasker, Solomon Wilcots and our studio team reported on the situation as a breaking news story, providing updates and reports while full power was being restored to the dome including our sets and broadcast booth.

"All commercial commitments during the broadcast are being honored.”

The company that provides energy to the Super Dome claimed it wasn't its fault.

And, of course, we got a parody account of the Superdome's lights within minutes of the incident happening.

Momentum certainly changed for the 49ers -- down 28-6 when the lights went out -- who managed to march down and score a touchdown on their second possession following the blackout, then followed with another quick one to pull within 28-20 with 4:50 remaining in the third quarter.

 
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