Power outage briefly halts Super Bowl

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A power outage on Sunday at the New Orleans Superdome, the host site of this year's Super Bowl, caused the game to be delayed for about 34 minutes, news outlets report.

According to a report by NBC News, the majority of the lights in the stadium went out shortly into the third quarter. Back-up generators partially lit the field and the concourse of the stadium, but escalators and credit card machines were among the things that briefly stopped working.

In a statement included in the NBC News article, Entergy New Orleans, the energy company for the Superdome, and SMG, the stadium operator, said, "A piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system. Once the issue was detected, the sensing equipment operated as designed and opened a breaker, causing power to be partially cut to the Superdome in order to isolate the issue."

CNN reports that many fans and viewers used social media, chiefly Twitter, to express how they felt the momentum of the game changed after the power outage. These feelings stem from the fact that despite being behind the Ravens by 22 points before the lights cut out, the 49ers scored three times in four minutes once the power came back on.

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