Super Bowl Blackout: So What Really Happened?

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Just after Beyoncé came, saw and conquered the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show, the power at New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome suddenly shut down. Did Queen B just pack more electrifying punch than the circuit breakers could handle?

Turns out, Bey is not to blame. The Bowl blackout — which plunged parts of the arena into darkness early in the big game’s third quarter — was simply a result of an “abnormality in the system,” according to a joint statement released by Entergy New Orleans, which provides power to the stadium, and SMG, the company that manages the 38-year-old stadium.

But thanks to backup generators, full power was safely restored to the Superdome after about 34 minutes, allowing the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers to return to the field.

But what did the millions of viewers miss during the lights out? Stadium officials scrambling to solve the snafu, players trying to stay loose, and some hooting and hollering from the nearly 72,000 Superdome spectators.

As the Ravens and 49ers waited to return to the biggest game of the NFL season, players threw footballs around, kept pulses pumping on stationary bikes, stretched out on the turf, or took a breather on the bench. But even as tensions reached fever pitch among authorities, players and coaches, the cheerleaders did their utmost to lift the mood with some ra-ra and their trusty pom poms.

While some fans booed, many of them — even amid non-functioning air conditioning, escalators and credit-card machines — took the blackout in stride, strolling about the darkened corridors and even setting a massive wave in motion over the crowd.

Though millions of Super Bowl watchers were left stumped but the sudden blackout, Big Easy locals told E! it’s nothing new. Apparently the power blows out rather regularly at the Superdome, so New Orleans natives weren’t shaken or surprised by the now buzzed-about outage.

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