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Power outage delays Super Bowl in third quarter

Players mill around the field after half of the lights went out during the third quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans, La., on Feb. 3, 2013.
By Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

NEW ORLEANS — The lights figuratively were going out of the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl before the lights literally went out at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday night.

At 8:38 p.m. EST, early in the third quarter of the game, the overhead lights affixed to the stadium roof over the 49ers’ side went out. Subsequently, lights on the Baltimore Ravens’ side went out, too.

A delay of 32 minutes followed before play resumed.

NFL subsequently released a statement that read, “Stadium authorities are investigating the cause of the power outage. We will have more information as it becomes available.”

The Ravens held a 28-6 lead with 13:28 remaining in the period when the outage began. Minutes earlier, Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones took the second-half kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown, tying the all-time NFL record for the regular season or postseason.

San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree later in the third quarter, cutting the 49ers’ deficit to 28-13 and the 49ers scored 10 more unanswered points to cut the Ravens’ lead to 28-23 at the end of the third quarter.

Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco threw three first-half touchdown passes, and the Ravens led 21-6 at halftime.

SUPER BOWL NOTEBOOK: Ravens safety Ed Reed said repeatedly all week that he intends to play in 2013 despite being a pending free agent.

However, Ravens owner Steve Biscotti isn’t so sure, especially if Baltimore wins Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday.

“I don’t know whether a loss might inspire him to change his mind and I don’t know whether a win will inspire him to change his mind,” Biscotti said, via ESPN.com. “I really want to defer and not guess what Ed’s going to do. Because I don’t know that Ed’s 100 percent sure now. I think Ed will be 100 percent sure a month from now. So we’ll just play it out.”

Reed said this week that he fully intends to keep playing, despite going months without contact with the team last offseason before ultimately returning for his 11th season.

“First, we have to find out where Ed’s head is,” Bisciotti said. “I think that win or lose Sunday, Ed needs a couple of weeks. By that time, we will have done our personnel meetings and our cap meetings and we’ll know what kind of deal that we can make Ed. I assume we’ll make a deal that we made with Ray a few years ago. If Ed wants to test the market like Ray did, that’s what we have to do.”

Reed’s strongest statement about his future came earlier in the week, when he said would absolutely consider playing for the New England Patriots if he’s not able to work out a deal to return to Baltimore.

“I want to play this game as long as I can,” he said on Tuesday. “I don’t want to retire. I’m not even thinking about it at this point.”

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