The NFL has not come out with an explanation for the blackout.
The blackout is one of the most embarrassing things that could've happened for the NFL.
It's the biggest stage for the NFL. It's their time to show off their product to the world. It's the most anticipated game of the year.
And they blew it.
Imagine being in the middle of a huge job interview, everything's going great and your computer crashes.
Now, it's not necessarily your fault—there's a whole host of reasons why it could've crashed.
But, who are the bosses going to blame? You, naturally.
It's the same situation here. It's not the NFL's fault. They don't control the power.
But everyone is going to blame the NFL. In a year that has not gone great for the league—concussions, BountyGate, etc—the last thing they needed was another disaster.
Well they got one. A big disaster.
This game will forever be known as the "Blackout" Game. No one will remember the score, or who played. But 10 years from now, everyone will remember the "Blackout" Game.
Casual fans will laugh at the incompetence. Many will have changed the channel or lost interest completely.
The NFL blew it on the biggest stage. The power outage will dominate postgame interviews and the water cooler in the morning.
Instead of the focus being on the game, or the Harbaugh brothers, or a celebration of the sport, it's going to be on a technical glitch.
It's beyond embarrassing for the league. All the tabloids will have that on their cover.
They had no real control over it. They're not technically responsible for the outage. But it won't matter. They'll get blame.
And it'll be a real black eye for the league.