NPR : News

Filed Under:

Power Outage Temporarily Throws Super Bowl Into The Dark

The Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl, fending off the San Francisco 49ers after a power outage left the Superdome in the dark. The outage lasted more than 30 minutes. The Associated Press has more:

"The majority of the lights failed shortly after Jacoby Jones returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown.

"Play finally resumed with 13:22 left in the third quarter."

Our Original Post:

"There is no scoreboard, play clock or anything else working except for some ceiling lights," the San Jose Mercury News reported.

At the time of the outage, the Ravens were leading 28-6 against the 49ers.

CBS reports some of the lights are coming back on. TV announcer Solomon Wilcots reports the coaches are planning to keep the players on the field.

We'll continue to update as more information comes in.

Update at 11:05 p.m. ET. Baltimore Takes It:

The Ravens kept their lead, despite the outage, winning 34-31.

Update at 9:48 p.m. ET. Under Investigation:

As for the cause of the outage, a spokesman from Entergy New Orleans tells The Times Picayune that service to the Superdome wasn't interrupted, meaning the issue was on the stadium's end. quotes an NFL statement after the game restarted:

"Stadium authorities are investigating the cause of the power outage. We will have more information as it becomes available."

The 49ers, who were trailing, have picked up steam with the lights back on. At the time of this update, the score is 28-23, Ravens still leading.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit


No Meekness Here: Meet Rosa Parks, 'Lifelong Freedom Fighter'

As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it's time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as an unassuming accidental activist.

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.
WAMU 88.5

World Leaders Meet For The UN Climate Change Summit In Paris

World leaders meet for the UN climate change summit in Paris to discuss plans for reducing carbon emissions. What's at stake for the talks, and prospects for a major agreement.


Payoffs For Prediction: Could Markets Help Identify Terrorism Risk?

In a terror prediction market, people would bet real money on the likelihood of attacks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen Carter about whether such a market could predict — and deter — attacks.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.