The cause of the Super Bowl XLVII blackout has been revealed. The culprit, Entergy Corp. has learned, is an electrical relay device that was supposed to ensure the safety of the stadium's electrical equipment, however during the Super Bowl matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers it incorrectly signaled a switch to power on, which ultimately led to the partial blackout.

In the past, the relay mechanism had not caused problems, in particular during other major events like the Sugar Bowl.

The blackout occurred shortly after the Baltimore Ravens’ Jacoby Jones ran back the second half opening kickoff for a touchdown. The delay lasted about 35 minutes, and when the teams returned to the field the 49ers went on a run that cut the score from 28-6 to 31-29. Unfortunately, even with the somewhat fresh start the Niners fell just short, losing 34-31 to the Ravens, who were led by Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco (pictured).

The blackout inspired plenty of Bane jokes and even a few consipracy theories. One rather high profile voice in the whole controversy has been William H. Macy, who offered his own thoughts recently on Conan.

Hal Sundt

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