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Super Bowl Halted as Power Outage Dims Lights in Superdome

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Super Bowl XLVII
Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens attempts to escape the pressure from Ahmad Brooks of the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Feb. 3, 2013. Photographer: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) -- The Super Bowl was halted by a power failure that knocked out about half the lighting in the Superdome in New Orleans.

The outage happened after Jacoby Jones returned the second half kickoff 109 yards for a touchdown to give the Baltimore Ravens a 28-6 lead over the San Francisco 49ers. It may take about 15 minutes for the game to restart, according to CBS, the game broadcaster.

Players retreated to the sidelines as the public address announcer told fans to stay in their seats. Spectators did the wave as banks of lights began to come back on.

Joe Flacco capped the Ravens’ opening drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin before the 49ers pulled within 7-3 on a 36-yard field goal in the first quarter by David Akers.

Flacco, the Ravens’ quarterback, found Dennis Pitta with a 1-yard pass for a touchdown midway through the second quarter before throwing a 56-yard scoring pass to Jones to extend Baltimore’s lead to 21-3. Akers then kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.

The 49ers are seeking to join the Pittsburgh Steelers as the only teams with six Super Bowl wins. San Francisco last won the National Football League championship after the 1994 season.

The Ravens won in their only prior appearance in the Super Bowl following the 2000 NFL season. All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis, the only player on Baltimore’s roster remaining from the last championship team, has said he’s retiring after the game.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dex McLuskey in Dallas at dmcluskey@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.

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