The Super Bowl outage mystery has been solved. The blackout that occurred during the world's biggest televised sporting event was caused by a failure of a device meant to protect the power supply to the Superdome according to CBS Sports.
Sportsline reported on Feb. 8 that a relay device was the culprit in the sudden power loss.
Officials of Entergy New Orleans, a subsidiary of New Orleans-based Entergy Corp., said the device, called a relay, had been installed to protect the Superdome from a cable failure between the company's incoming power line and lines that run into the stadium. Company officials said the device performed without problem during January's Sugar Bowl and other earlier events.
A power outage is usually never a good thing for anyone, but looking back it actually may have made this game, well, a game.
The Ravens were not only beating the 49ers before the lights went out in the Superdome during Super Bowl XLVII, but they were dominating almost every aspect of the game.
The momentum shifted to the 49ers once the power was restored, and it led to one of the most interesting finishes in Super Bowl history.