NEW ORLEANS, La. — Beyonce’s performance during the halftime show of Super Bowl XLVII was not the cause of the power outage, according to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
“There’s no indication at all that the halftime show had anything to do with this,” Goodell said during an interview on Monday morning.
The Superdome, meanwhile, confirmed that Beyonce’s halftime show ran on generated power that was not using the power inside the stadium.
So, then, what DID happen on Sunday to knock off the power to half the lights at the Superdome for over30 minutes on Sunday?
For a while, during the outage, the only news to be had came from Twitter. Some was actual information, but the bulk of it was wisecracks that offered a considerably higher entertainment quotient than watching the players stretching and trying to stay loose while maintenance worked on the situation.
Coach John Harbaugh was livid on the Baltimore sidelines. Something like this could cost him the Super Bowl, and it almost did.
The failure occurred just after Jacoby Jones returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a 108-yard touchdown, the longest play in Super Bowl history, and the Ravens had taken a commanding lead. When play resumed, the momentum had shifted completely.
The Niners scored two straight touchdowns and nearly pulled off a game-winning drive in the closing minutes. The Baltimore Ravens, who had been leading by 22 points when the outage happened, barely held on for a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
The blackout nearly sparked what would have been the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.
New Orleans Mayor, Mitch Landrieu called the power outage “an unfortunate moment in what has been an otherwise shining Super Bowl week for the city of New Orleans.”
He added that in the coming days, he expects a full action report from all parties involved.
Everybody wants to know why the lights went out. Was it a conspiracy? Illuminati?
Questions will swirl and theories will be formed until, if ever, the power outage culprit is identified.
Another mystery from Sunday night that will likely never be solved is why San Fransisco didn’t utilize the legs of Collin Kaepernick during that final drive of the game.
Being a dual threat quarterback is what makes Kaepernick so dangerous but the Niners didn’t run him a single time in the last series.
Instead they opted for three pass plays from the shotgun (inside the 7-yard line) despite the fact that Kaepernick was rushing for over eight yards a carry.
Fans of the Niners will analyze that series of plays for years to come, probably with more questions than answers.
Meanwhile, most everyone else will forget how the game ended or that it was Ray Lewis’ last NFL appearance. The fact that two brothers were coaching against each other in the Super Bowl for the first time in history or even that Beyonce headlined the halftime show won’t matter.
Super Bowl XLVII will be remembered as the night the lights went out in the Super Dome.