Last night, Super Bowl XLVII brought us one of the more surreal moments in sports history, as the power in the SuperDome went out during the 3rd quarter last night, leading to a 34-minute delay in play.
The outage came shortly after the Ravens took a commanding 28-6 lead, and the lengthy delay seemed to allow the 49ers to regroup and regain some momentum once the lights came back on. And even though Baltimore was able to hang on for the victory, the conspiracy theorists are already out in force suggesting some sort of foul play.
CBS’s 60 minutes crew was on hand and had their cameras rolling in the NFL’s control room as the lights went out, and captured this remarkable footage of the outage and its immediate aftermath:
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UPDATE: Giants co-owner John Mara had the best quote of the night, from the NY Daily News:
“If I’d have known it would have ended like this, I would have kept the lights off.
During the Giants 33-20 loss to the Cowboys today, viewers were treated to an eight-minute delay in the third quarter, after the lights went out at the New Meadowlands stadium. Apparently that $1.6 million they shelled out for the new building didn’t include the electric bill. Here’s video of the stadium going dim:
With the way the Giants – who had been everyone’s favorite pick to win the NFC this past week – were playing against the 1-7 Cowboys, the blackout seemed strangely symbolic. The previously fearsome New York defense made Jon Kitna (327 yards, 3 TDs) look like a hero, and seemed to be missing their spark all afternoon. And yeah, those two scores that were nullified by penalties didn’t help either. Overall, the Giants had 8 total penalties and 3 turnovers, and played about as dimly as they could under the circumstances.