A partial power outage during the third quarter causes a 34 minute delay in the game during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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NEW ORLEANS, LA - Did Beyonce blow a fuse? In a strange twist of events the power went out during Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.
The game had just kicked into gear after a phenomenal halftime show featuring Beyonce when all of a sudden, the announcers went silent and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome went dark.
Officials said the air conditioning went out too.
The announcers said a power surge was to blame and it wasn't till 34 minutes later play continued.
Spokesman Philip Allison for Entergy, the utility that powers the Superdome and much of the area, said the problem was confined to the stadium itself.
"The outage appeared to originate in a failure of equipment maintained by stadium staff," he added.
Late Sunday night, Superdome officials confirmed the outage occurred when sensing equipment detected an "abnormality."
Would the outage take a toll on the Ravens' momentum? Almost.
Baltimore led the game 28-6 when the lights went out. In the 4th quarter, the 49ers came back to bring the score within three points with four seconds to go.
But, the Ravens were able to hold the 49ers off and they won the game 34-31.
Moments after the debacle, @TheSBLights Twitter account had more than 14,000 followers.
By the way, it's not the first time the lights have gone out on the 49ers, according to nfl.com, it happened twice during a MNF game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011.
CBS said all commercial commitments for the broadcast were being honored. The network sold out its allotment of advertising at $3.8 million per 30-second spot.
You have to feel kind of sorry for the Ravens, their win is probably not going to be the most memorable moment of the game.
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