Super Bowl XLVII has come to a complete and total halt at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, due to a blackout. In the middle of the third quarter, the game has had to come to a stop and is delayed due to half the Superdome losing power entirely, and the other half hardly having any at all.
Jacoby Jones of the Baltimore Ravens had just started the second half of the game by returning the kickoff 109 yards for a touchdown. That put the Ravens up 28-6 and put momentum clearly in their favor. San Francisco took the field and began driving, and then it happened.
The lights just cut out.
Sitting in the press box, there were no lights visible at all on the 49ers' side of the field. Over on the Ravens' side, there was only one row of emergency spotlights coming from the ceiling.
About 20 minutes before, Beyonce had given a rousing performance in the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show. There were thousands and thousands of blinking blue lights as the stage lit up with lights and a moving stage and fire.
The crowd got restless as the lights stayed down for a full 18 minutes before power was restored, but it took a little while longer for the lights to fully come back up. The Super Bowl took over a half an hour to restart while waiting for the go-ahead by officials.