Unlike some of my PFT colleagues, I’m watching Super Bowl XLVII on television rather than from the Superdome.
That means I’m writing this post with the benefit of electrical light, something that can’t be said for many of those at the game. Shortly after Colin Kaepernick was sacked by Arthur Jones in the third quarter, what appear to be half the lights at the stadium went out all at once.
The power outage became apparent on television when the sound coming from announcers Phil Simms and Jim Nantz disappeared and ambient noise from the game could be heard as everyone tried to figure out why it was suddenly darker than it had been a moment before. The situation is still going on and CBS is scrambling with sideline reporters Solomon Wilcots and Steve Tasker doing their best to keep everyone apprised of what’s going on at the game.
For now, it doesn’t appear to be all that much. Players are stretching, the game is halted and no one’s got any idea when the game is getting back underway. It’s 28-6 Ravens, which means the lights may be out permanently for the 49ers shortly.
UPDATE 8:51 p.m. ET: Lights are starting to come back on at the Superdome, but CBS is reporting it could take another 15-20 minutes for all of the power to be restored to the game. They are also reporting that a power surge was responsible for the outage. (The power company deflected blame.)
UPDATE 9:02 p.m. ET: James Brown of CBS just reported that referee Jerome Boger said the game would resume in another 7-10 minutes. They are also now reporting that it was an outside power feed that failed, which would save some embarrassment after $336 million in renovations to the Superdome to prepare for this Super Bowl including boasts of increased energy efficiency.
UPDATE 9:06 p.m. ET: Simms and Nantz are back up and running so it seems we’ll be back to football soon.
UPDATE 9:10 p.m. ET: The game has resumed. The total delay was 34 minutes and the 49ers have the ball facing a third-and-13 with 13:22 to play.