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FOURTH UPDATE 7:10 p.m.: CBS issued a statement: “Immediately after the power failure in the Superdome, we lost numerous cameras and some audio powered by sources in the Superdome. We utilized CBS’ backup power and at no time did we leave the air. During the interruption, CBS Sports’ Steve Tasker, Solomon Wilcots and our studio team reported on the situation as a breaking news story, providing updates and reports while full power was being restored to the dome including our sets and broadcast booth. All commercial commitments during the broadcast are being honored.”
THIRD UPDATE 6:40 p.m.: Two statements were released, CBS Sports reported. A Superdome spokesman said: “Power has been restored. We sincerely apologize for the incident.” Meanwhile, an NFL spokesman added: “Authorities are investigating the cause of the power outage. We will have more information as it comes available.”
SECOND UPDATE 6:10 p.m.: The game has resumed after a 35-minute delay.
UPDATE 6:00 p.m.: Twenty-seven minutes into the outage, a CBS Sports reporter said he talked to NFL officials, who attributed the outage to an “outside power feed coming into [the] stadium that suddenly went dead.” He added that each team will have a warm-up period before play resumes at exactly the same place where the game was stopped.
Did someone forget to pay the electric bill?
With just over 13 minutes left in the third quarter — and Baltimore Ravens leading the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 28-6 — the power went out in half of the Superdome in New Orleans.
After a commercial break, an announcer came on to tell viewers what happened.
“Here’s what happened, moments ago, as we watched the game start to proceed pretty much as normal, one big flick of the light switch, and we lost power in half of the stadium,” one of the announcers said. He added that no one was injured or in danger.
The action in the game was completely stopped as staffers worked to restore power.
After a commercial break, it was revealed that the NFL was working “feverishly” to restore power, but that it would take another 15 minutes or so for the lights to completely turn back on.
CBS announcers filled the time by showing highlights of the game so far.
Quipped TV writer-producer-director Greg Berlanti (Arrow): “The lesson here is never follow Beyonce.” (Beyonce, who performed during halftime, has earned praise for her performance on social media.)
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