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The Superdome loses power as Ravens run away with game


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.

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111 Responses to “The Superdome loses power as Ravens run away with game”
  1. bigtganks says: Feb 3, 2013 8:48 PM

    Power outage must be goodells fault too right nawlins??

  2. commonsensedude says: Feb 3, 2013 8:48 PM

    This game delay would be a perfect opportunity to air one of those old Snickers commercials … “not going anywhere for a while?”

  3. jakec4 says: Feb 3, 2013 8:48 PM

    Gus the janitor has his flashlight looking for the breaker box as we speak.

  4. bigboysmash says: Feb 3, 2013 8:49 PM

    The power plant people had a late night i guess…

  5. kattykathy says: Feb 3, 2013 8:49 PM

    This wasn’t just a loss of power. You better hide with a big security detail Roger.
    The Voodoo that YooKnew, is coming after YOU!!!

    Run Roger, RUN!!!!!

  6. turtlehut says: Feb 3, 2013 8:49 PM

    The media and New Orleans politicians will blame George Bush for the power outage!

  7. ireadpftforthecomments says: Feb 3, 2013 8:49 PM

    Things certainly are looking “dim” for the 49ers.

    I’ll be here all night, folks.

  8. SparkyGump says: Feb 3, 2013 8:49 PM

    It looks like lights out for Kaep.

  9. axespray says: Feb 3, 2013 8:50 PM

    Shawne Merriman did the lights out dance …

    it worked.

  10. bigtganks says: Feb 3, 2013 8:50 PM

    I thought Bane from Batman was showing up next!

  11. vikesfan320 says: Feb 3, 2013 8:51 PM

    New Orleans’ final act in getting even with Goodell

  12. kattykathy says: Feb 3, 2013 8:51 PM

    I guarantee you that when that power shut down, Goodell the turd pooped his panties

  13. logicalvoicesays says: Feb 3, 2013 8:51 PM

    This is the Superbowl Roger Goodell and the National Fixed League deserve. It’s a sign from God to not sabotage the Washington Redskins and Robert Griffin next season.

  14. ravenator says: Feb 3, 2013 8:51 PM

    What a joke. Trying to take momentum away from the Ravens. Hate on haters.

  15. evilmajortom says: Feb 3, 2013 8:51 PM

    America’s prayers have been answered. No Phil Simms, if only for a few minutes.

  16. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 3, 2013 8:52 PM

    “Turn out the lights, the party is over. They say that all good things must end.” Dandy Don

  17. liquidgrammar says: Feb 3, 2013 8:52 PM

    NOLA, ypur building blows monkey ass!!! Time to hot the taxpayers up for a gift!!!

  18. nzayir says: Feb 3, 2013 8:52 PM

    The Ravens are going to win anyways and congrats to them and their fans they are the best team this year that’s for sure.

    But what an embarrassment for the NFL and the Superdome this is unacceptable for a Super Bowl. This is supposed to be the biggest game of the season and to botch it like this is an incredibly bad look for football in general.

  19. dkrauss93 says: Feb 3, 2013 8:53 PM

    Conspiracy. In New Orleans, lights go out. Someone wants Godell dead

  20. gixrider says: Feb 3, 2013 8:53 PM

    I hope the power to the broadcast booth never returns….CBS’s #1 broadcast team is by far the weakest among the big three networks.

  21. oraloki says: Feb 3, 2013 8:53 PM

    I am not a ravens or niners fan, but this has to be the worst superbowl in the past 10 years. Game is a blowout, lights go out, commercials suck, and cbs is trying too hard.

  22. tokyosandblaster says: Feb 3, 2013 8:54 PM

    I guarantee someone got stabbed during that power outage. These are niner fans.

  23. jimbo75025 says: Feb 3, 2013 8:54 PM

    This is looking bad for the NFL. First that horrid halftime show, then now this ? Wow.

  24. kfiz14 says: Feb 3, 2013 8:54 PM

    Lewis stabbed ten people in the darkness.

  25. whatchutalkinboutwillis says: Feb 3, 2013 8:55 PM

    Someone should make sure Roger Goodell didn’t get abducted during the power outage…

  26. ErinAndrewsStopCallingMe says: Feb 3, 2013 8:55 PM

    They should play in the dark. That way the viewers aren’t subject to view Jim Harbaugh act like a little crybaby every second of the game. Seriously, show some composure.

  27. kingpel says: Feb 3, 2013 8:55 PM

    What an F’n joke! Way to showcase your on the field product, NFL. This after they sit around for a 45 minute rap concert. Woohooo!


  28. xli2006 says: Feb 3, 2013 8:55 PM

    Get your act together New Orleans. Basic infrastructure is not that difficult.

  29. RoofDude says: Feb 3, 2013 8:55 PM

    What a joke. Can we stop hearing about how great The Superdome is now…? This should NEVER happen in any game, let alone the SuperBowl

  30. claydefayette says: Feb 3, 2013 8:55 PM

    No one is safe in a dark area with Ray Lewis around

  31. theobamaphones says: Feb 3, 2013 8:55 PM

    Hah, and people laughed at cowboys stadium, what’s worse, having some missing seats or delaying the entire game? Dog and pony show stadium.

  32. ddaveyy says: Feb 3, 2013 8:55 PM

    Complain about the weather in Dallas, but at least the stadium could handle the game 😉


  33. dankkc says: Feb 3, 2013 8:55 PM

    Im sure Alex Smith is loving this, haha

  34. beauregard says: Feb 3, 2013 8:56 PM

    Is this where Ray Lewis ascends to heaven?

  35. charger383 says: Feb 3, 2013 8:56 PM

    reminds me of last years Daytona 500, what happened did somebody run into a jet dryer or something?

  36. RoofDude says: Feb 3, 2013 8:56 PM

    How many billions in tax dollars did New Orleans get..? pathetic

  37. bucfansouthtampa says: Feb 3, 2013 8:56 PM

    Stay classy New Orleans, stay classy. On another note, Ravens need to watch out for their older players tightening up due to the delay..

  38. crisper57 says: Feb 3, 2013 8:57 PM

    Great city. Terrible venue. The Superdome is one of the worst buildings in the League. Embarrassing. That building should never host again.

  39. whiteqbs says: Feb 3, 2013 8:57 PM

    new orleans is such a crap city with a crap stadium, what a joke!

  40. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 3, 2013 8:57 PM

    I guess the 49ers brought the California power grid with them to the game.

  41. ndirish10 says: Feb 3, 2013 8:57 PM

    I just heard that R. Lewis killed the lights.

  42. guinsrule says: Feb 3, 2013 8:57 PM

    The Superdome is showing its age.

  43. orivar says: Feb 3, 2013 8:58 PM

    “Superdome lights return as all 53 49ers are lying motionless on ground. Whereabouts of Ray Lewis unknown”

    Laughing so hard still that I must share it everywhere.

  44. ErinAndrewsStopCallingMe says: Feb 3, 2013 8:58 PM

    Why not just start in 2016, every team holds the SB and it revolves around each year? That way every 32 years, if the NFL lasts that long, each city gets to hold the game. Nawlins has been spoiled knowing the NFL would always use them every few years for the SB and shenanigans like the lights going out happens–unbelievable embarrassment. Or if I was from a conspiracy-minded Texan, since they all seem to be, I’d say the NFL planned this to sell more commercials lol.

  45. dewker says: Feb 3, 2013 8:58 PM

    Even God can’t stand watching the Ravens win a Super Bowl

  46. mazblast says: Feb 3, 2013 8:58 PM

    logicalvoice, please just go away. Your act was never good to start with, and has gotten very old very quickly. I have nothing against the Redskins–in fact, any team in the NFC Least is Ok with me as long as they’re not the Cowboys or Giants–but your rants are starting to turn me against your beloved team.

    As for the power outage, it finally gives The Great Roger Goodell Himself Live And In Person a rationale for denying N’Awlins a future Super Bowl.

  47. darkneptune73 says: Feb 3, 2013 8:59 PM

    The Saints probably used a secret power unit next door to the Superdome and overloaded the circuit all at once.

    But seriously, I’d be pissed if I was a Ravens fan.

  48. jimmysee says: Feb 3, 2013 8:59 PM

    Look for some bitter Stillers fan with a wire cutter.

    There’s a lot of them out there.

  49. sportsmeccabi says: Feb 3, 2013 8:59 PM

    Ray Lewis killed the power.

  50. blacknole08 says: Feb 3, 2013 8:59 PM

    “Can you pay my bills, can you pay my telephone bill, can you pay my doggone light bill, New Orleans is this for reeeaal!!”

  51. tebowpraystobrady says: Feb 3, 2013 8:59 PM

    Somehow this will be blamed on The Patriots and spygate.

  52. classyjacklambert says: Feb 3, 2013 9:00 PM

    Buffalo Wild Wings just took credit for this on facebook, saying they really just didn’t want the season to end yet. Best advertisement yet and free lol.

  53. steel420 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:00 PM

    First a shared practice field, now a freakin power surge! Unless you’re a Ravens fan this SB sucks!

  54. imaduffer says: Feb 3, 2013 9:01 PM

    It’s to bad they can’t turn off the talking heads on the TV.

  55. jimw81 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:01 PM

    This power-outage is the worst thing to happen to professional sports since the NHL melted the ice, the MLB used live bats, and curling.

  56. steel420 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:01 PM

    Omg how many times do we have to watch halftime highlights?

  57. xli2006 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:02 PM

    On pace to be one of the LEAST memorable Super Bowls in recent memory.

    If the Stadium Lights become the main feature story… entertainment value just hit an all time low for America’s biggest game.

  58. conspiracygenerator says: Feb 3, 2013 9:03 PM

    Ravens sure are playing lights out right now

  59. birdgang says: Feb 3, 2013 9:03 PM

    Wow, an angry 49er fan stormed into the control room and shut off the lights. It shouldn’t surprise a lot of us.

  60. bensstinkyfingers says: Feb 3, 2013 9:04 PM

    I believe it is god sending Reverend Ray Ray a message to stop quoting the bible. Lord I hope the Niners come back just so the world doenst have to watch Ray crying like a girl, again with black paint running down his face, yapping quotes from the bible Glory be Glory be oh my lawd oh my lawd.

  61. vikesfansteve says: Feb 3, 2013 9:04 PM

    The outage was more entertaining than Beyonce’

  62. briang123 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:04 PM

    Fell free to fill in the Saints in your “[fill in team here] needs new stadium and has been in contact with L.A.” story you run every few days.

  63. saintsstillwillwin says: Feb 3, 2013 9:04 PM

    New Orleans a crap city? How… and where are u jerk?

  64. bucsfan5000 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:04 PM

    Drew Brees wants an explanation.

  65. dirtysouthironmen says: Feb 3, 2013 9:06 PM

    49er Fans visited the Bud-Light Voo-Doo guy asking for the lights to go out.

  66. raidersmojo says: Feb 3, 2013 9:06 PM

    Brent Musburger was wishing the power went out during the national title game.

  67. mjkelly77 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:06 PM

    jim hairbough pays an insider to cut the power. hairbough figures it will stop the Ravens momentum.

  68. jagtiger says: Feb 3, 2013 9:06 PM

    New Orleans is the city that cannot function no matter how much federal money is pumped in and stolen by crooked politicians.

  69. getyourownname says: Feb 3, 2013 9:07 PM

    People may wonder why logicalvoice isn’t watching hockey like he promised. The answer is simple – he’s a Caps fan, and no one wants to watch them now.

  70. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 3, 2013 9:07 PM

    Once the lights went out, Colin The Camel stopped being frozen in his tracks and was able to move again.

  71. marader78 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:08 PM

    joke of a SB….. Beyonce’s lame but power draining halftime show probably blew the power… priorities, NFL, priorities

  72. cometkazie says: Feb 3, 2013 9:08 PM

    Ghosts of Katrina past . . . .

    Voodoo is alive and well in the Crescent City.

  73. gg206 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:08 PM

    Dallas and the ice bowl hosted a game, Indy, N.O and the homeless shelter known as the Superdome hosts a game and NYC and their potential snowstorm will host a game before Tampa again… what a joke, Superbowl L needs to be in Tampa, this is just fitting for Goddell and his cronies to get what they deserve for screwing over the fans since 2006.. Rozelle is rolling over in his grave and Tags is shaking his head..

  74. thekiy says: Feb 3, 2013 9:08 PM

    Mercedes quality has really gone downhill.

  75. packerman1968 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:09 PM

    Maybe God is watching the game and took pity on the 49ers

  76. vicvinegar00 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:09 PM

    Goodell didn’t grease the right people in New Orleans. Decided to shut him down to let him know who runs things.

  77. cardiaccardinals says: Feb 3, 2013 9:09 PM

    NFL is played in the elements… except darkness. >_>

  78. saintsstillwillwin says: Feb 3, 2013 9:09 PM

    We are having a great time, so are the visitors and players. The whole Goddell thing was wack and over blown. Just chill out with the bad city bad venue jokes. Ish happens..

  79. trollhammer20 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:10 PM

    Wardrobe malfunctions at the SB are history.

    Stadium malfunction is a first.

  80. paulrg77 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:10 PM

    Steve Tasker is so composed. It’s almost like he’s had the lights turned off on him in the Super Bowl before!

  81. pravin68 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:10 PM

    This is what happens when you choose a venue based on what city VIPers can party in. Superdome has never been a great football stadium with the second rate turf and dome conditions.

  82. wicky888 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:11 PM

    I’m surprised they haven’t starting looting yet

  83. learysdisciples says: Feb 3, 2013 9:11 PM

    It was Johnny from Airplane!

  84. mungman69 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:12 PM

    The power outage IS George Bush’s fault. He’s a bum!

  85. stampnhawk says: Feb 3, 2013 9:12 PM

    Having into listen to Cowher Sharpe Brown and Wilcots try and fill time unscripted and unorganized made me think that Beyonce coming back may sound better. Tasker the only guy sounding competent.
    But yes better then Simms.
    Embarrassing to the city to have such garbage power management.

  86. scrap7681 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:13 PM

    When the lights came on Ray Lewis had blood on his jersey & two 49ers were stabbed!

  87. giantssb42champs says: Feb 3, 2013 9:13 PM

    Jonathan Wilma said he had no involvement.

  88. genericuser8888 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:13 PM

    Goodell tried to sabotage the Saints with trumped up “pay to injure” bs.

    The city of New Orleans tries to stop the Superbowl.

    That’s what you get for ****ing with the host city’s team.

  89. mungman69 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:13 PM

    This power is because George Bush is still a bum. He never could do anything.

  90. crisper57 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:14 PM

    So the Niners’ performance is only the second biggest embarrassment of the night…

  91. johnnytarr says: Feb 3, 2013 9:14 PM

    And they don’t want a cold weather city to have a Super Bowl?

  92. ocheeno22 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:15 PM

    Tiki is flabergasted

  93. raiderlyfe510 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:15 PM

    Gotta be the weakest Superbowl since my team was there in 2002.0

  94. theclaim says: Feb 3, 2013 9:16 PM

    Somewhere in the catacombs of the Superdome in an electrical closet Sean Payton and Gregg Williams are holding a plug end and giggling feverishly! HTTR

  95. Duckhomie says: Feb 3, 2013 9:16 PM

    Worst super bowl ever. My beer is done and I will now watch a Family guy rerun…NFL fail.

  96. uraxcrunner says: Feb 3, 2013 9:16 PM

    Ridiculous as was the halftime show. Lets go back to a band performing at halftime, and oh yeah the commercials……they suck too

  97. cmgww says: Feb 3, 2013 9:18 PM

    Come on back…we can handle the Super Bowl.


  98. completefan says: Feb 3, 2013 9:19 PM

    If the lights had not come back tonight and they would have had to complete the game tomorrow, it would have been the first professional championship game played over two days since the 1962 Fog Bowl when the Argos and Bombers had to complete the game one day after it started.

  99. thesmedman says: Feb 3, 2013 9:20 PM

    Agree with the comment about CBS’ broadcast team.

    Why not an all star cast for the SB? Michaels for PBP, select a good analyst (but please, not Mayock or Siragusa), bring back Bonnie Bernstein and Andrea Kramer for sidelines (though I liked Lisa Salters), and use the ESPN guys for pre and post game.

  100. romospersonalsnuggie says: Feb 3, 2013 9:24 PM

    I want to know what Phil simms did to jim nantz when the power went out that he considers his best work

  101. whiteqbs says: Feb 3, 2013 9:28 PM

    Gave new orleans residents 45 mintues to loot anything they could get their hands on in and around the stadium.

  102. Deb says: Feb 3, 2013 9:31 PM

    Two years ago in Dallas, they oversold tickets for nonexistent seats. This year they lose power for half an hour–and it’s had an impact on the game momentum. Next year, we run the risk of blizzards. And the whole world is watching.

    The NFL needs to get its stuff together.

  103. bobnelsonjr says: Feb 3, 2013 9:40 PM

    On the world stage New Orleans embarrasses America and the NFL.

    Loser Anna had several years to prepare and with all the emergency generators allegedly there for hurricanes they still could not supply power to their backward indoor arena.

  104. granadafan says: Feb 3, 2013 9:48 PM

    Jerry Jones no longer has the worst Super Bowl.

  105. steelers88 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:49 PM

    I thought it was that Bane guy from Batman that shut the power off.

  106. jbarr1 says: Feb 3, 2013 10:57 PM

    I’ve seen longer booth reviews, so it wasn’t that bad.

  107. vette7274 says: Feb 3, 2013 11:11 PM

    Should have turned the lights out on Alicia Keyes, god, that was awful. Need to hologram Whitney Houston and let her do it from now on!

  108. arbruins says: Feb 3, 2013 11:43 PM

    I am shocked that no one has blamed George Bush or Bill Belichick for the power outage!

  109. mdd913 says: Feb 4, 2013 1:09 AM

    There are some people of very low character posting in these two threads. Next time you decide to call someone “backwards” or “classless” or “second rate” you need to takea long look in the mirror and ask yourself if maybe you are, in fact, revealing a little something more about yourself than you’d like to think.

  110. vegasvinnie says: Feb 4, 2013 6:48 AM

    Well, it’s a good thing that the next Superbowl site, the brand new 1.7 billion dollar Meadowlands Stadium has never had any power outages…oh, wait…

  111. bartlettruss says: Feb 4, 2013 8:48 AM

    The power company worked too fast. The NFL probably wanted a 52 minute outage so it would look like God was honoring Ray Lewis.

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