Two things that have never happened before in the Super Bowl happened in rapid succession Sunday (Feb. 3) in New Orleans.
First, Jacoby Jones of the Baltimore Ravens returned the second-half kickoff 109 yards — tying for the longest play in NFL history. Moments later, a power surge cut the lights inside the Superdome, stopping play with the Ravens leading the San Francisco 49ers, 28-6.
CBS’ game broadcasters, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, were cut off when the power went out. Sideline reporters Solomon Wilcots and Steve Tasker were still able to broadcast and keep viewers informed as to what was happening, and the pre-game crew quickly got back into position to take over.
Players, meanwhile, milled around on their respective sidelines and on the field, stretching and tossing the ball around.
“Beyonce must have knocked the lights out,” pre-game analyst Dan Marino joked, referring to the halftime show.