Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Power is out during Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Power Outage Delays The Super Bowl

After Jacoby Jones made history with the longest kickoff return in Super Bowl history, something else very bizarre happened — the lights literally went out on New Orleans. Half of the stadium lights went completely dark while the other half of the stadium remained fully lit.

As if this Super Bowl wasn’t already incredibly weird already, we now have a power outage to delay things. Never before in Super Bowl history has something like this happened, but it’s not the only time in an NFL game that something bizarre has caused an unusual delay in the action. Just this season, the sprinkler system went off during a game between the Dolphins and Seahawks.

One thing that this delay causes is the flow and momentum of the game. After Jones kick return to start the half, the momentum was shifting all the way towards the Ravens but this delay puts an immediate kink in the wing they were in.

This doesn’t mean the 49ers are going to automatically come back, but it does mean they have some time to catch their breath after Jones kick return for a touchdown sucker punched them in the gut and sucked the gravity out of the Niners side line. It was starting to look like the game was about to get out of hand, and it still might, but the 49ers are catching a huge break with the lights getting cut.

Officials are saying that the power outage is due to a power surge and that the lights are slowly coming back on but it could take up to 15 full minutes to complete a cycle that restores all the lights.

We’re not sure when the power will be back up, but stay tuned to Fansided.com for all the update, because unlike the Superdome, we’ve got power.

Tags: Baltimore Ravens NFL San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl Super Bowl XLVII

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