NEW ORLEANS – San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick tried to get away from Baltimore Ravens defensive end Arthur Jones but he couldn’t. He was sacked for a six-yard loss early in the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVII and then …. the lights went out.
For more than 30 minutes.
The majority of the lights in the Superdome went out immediately, while others starting going out one by one during a power outage at the famous stadium. All of the jumbotrons and scoreboards were knocked out, while the press box went completely dark.
During the outage, the public address announcer said the Superdome was experiencing an interruption of electrical service and encouraged fans to stay in their seats.
An NFL spokesman said after power was restored that stadium authorities were investigating the cause of the outage. Superdome spokesman Eric Eagan apologized for the incident.
Players stretched on the sidelines or played catch, while fans did the wave and a big “Let’s Go Ravens” chant broke out during the outage. The Ravens were leading 28-6 at the time.