Super Bowl left in the dark

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IOL pic feb4 super bowl power failure Reuters The Superdome field is covered in partial darkness during a power outage in the third quarter in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans, Louisiana.

New Orleans - Play resumed in the Super Bowl after a 35-minutes power outage interrupted play on Sunday with the Baltimore Ravens holding a commanding 28-6 lead over the San Francisco 49ers.

Moments after Baltimore's Jacoby Jones opened the second half with a Super Bowl record 109-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the scoreboard and half of the overheard lights in the Superdome went out.

The delay, which TV reports attributed to an outside power feed that died, started when the overhead lights first went out on the 49ers' side of the field before dimming in other parts.

During the delay, players could be seen stretching along the sidelines, quarterbacks were throwing balls and cheerleaders were going through routines.

The Super Bowl, which determines the National Football League champions for the 2012 season, is broadcast live in more than 180 countries and in more than 30 different languages.

The NFL has not commented on what caused the outage in the 72 968-seat dome. - Reuters

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