Monday, February 4, 2013

Super Bowl Endures Lighting Power Failure

In yesterday's Super Bowl, the Baltimore Ravens beat both the San Francisco 49ers and some technical difficulties, as the game was interrupted when many of the lights went out in the New Orleans Superdome.  After a delay of about 35 minutes, the game resumed when sufficient lighting had been restored.  Baltimore ran up a 28-6 pre-outage lead, but San Francisco then mounted a furious comeback, coming up just short as Baltimore held on for a 34-31 victory.  Ravens QB Joe Flacco, with 3 touchdown passes, was named the games Most Valuable Player.  It was the second Super Bowl victory for the Ravens and the third for the city of Baltimore, the (now Indianapolis) Colts having prevailed in one of the earlier Super Bowls around 1970.

A few notes on the game and its power outage:

From the New York Times, the Superdome goes dark.

CBS News asks, "What went wrong?"

From the Chicago Tribune, it wasn't halftime performer Beyonce's fault.

From CNN, the power outage gives jokesters and advertisers some inspiration.

From the Washington Examiner, before the game, the Department of Energy had praised the Superdome for its energy efficiency.  (Read the DOE statement here.)

From Entertainment Weekly, the funniest power outage Tweets.

From Yahoo News, the power failure's cause remains unclear.

Mashable reports 15 possible causes of the outage.

And finally, from CBS Sports, the box score.

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