If you thought two brothers playing each other in the Super Bowl was going to be the weirdest part of the game, boy were you wrong. After Jacoby Jones returned the second half kick back for a 109 yard touchdown, half of the lights inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome went completely dark, leaving only half the stadium’s lights on.
The game was halted for over 30 minutes while the lights were being turned back on, and the exact reason for the power outage isn’t yet known. Officials say that a power surge caused the outage but CBS sideline reporter Solomon Wilcox indicated that NFL officials weren’t sure what knocked the power put but determined that the environment was still safe to play football in.
Here’s a GIF of the exact moment the power went out in the Superdome:
It’s one of the most bizarre things to ever happen at a football game, but it’s not an isolated incident. This season, the sprinkler system went off in a game between the Miami Dolphins and the Seattle Seahawks and the Niners were involved in a power outage at Candlestick Park back in 2011.
The ultimate explanation for the outage was that an outside power source running into the stadium went dead and had to be restored.
John Harbaugh was not pleased at all with his brother’s team getting a bonus halftime to rest and gameplan for how to comeback in this game. There’s no doubt that the 49ers can benefit from the power outage but the question is will it be a blessing or just a delaying of the inevitable?