Harbaugh Bowl: The Night the Lights Went Out in the Superdome

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One play into the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, half of the lights went out in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

For a total of about 35 minutes, both teams were on the field without anything to do other than move around to stay warmed up.

When gameplay resumed, it was clear that if it wasn’t the Ravens that were negatively affected with the extra stagnant time, it was the 49ers that were positively affected and re-energized with having a fire lit under them; perhaps, more time to think about what they were allowing to slip through their hands.

After trailing into halftime by a score of 28-6, San Francisco seemed to come alive by the extra break time and quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, also seemed to get back the spark we’ve come to know in him while the 49ers began to climb out of the slump in which they found themselves.  Within about 14 minutes and an exchange of field goals and a 49er touchdown scored by Frank Gore, the score was 28-20 and we had ourselves a football game.

We have yet to learn what the final outcome will be, but the power outage at the Superdome certainly allowed San Francisco to come alive and make this Super Bowl more interesting.

The NFL has since released the following statement about the power outage:

“Stadium authorities are investigating the cause of the power outage. We will have more information as it becomes available.”

Stephanie Lewark is a featured Pittsburgh Penguins columnist for RantSports.com. If you enjoy her articles / posts, you can follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her personal Facebook page (via Networked Blogs), visit her personal Tumblr page, or stop by her Pinterest page.


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