Super Bowl Blackout: Breaking Down Best Photos from Wild Scene

Tim KeeneyContributor IFebruary 4, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03:  David Akers #2 of the San Francisco 49ers waits during a power outage that occurred in the third quarter that caused a 34-minute delay during Super Bowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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You won't find a moment more surreal than Sunday's 34-minute Super Bowl power outage. 

Just let it sink in: 

Here we are in the third quarter of the biggest sporting event of the year. Beyonce just finished a massive halftime show in which extravagant and flashy lights were one of the main draws. 

Suddenly, everything goes dark and the entire Superdome looks like a scene from Any Given Sunday.

There are legitimately millions of people watching the insanely-important event, but a simple thing like electricity—in the year 2013, mind you—leaves the entire game at a standstill for over a half-hour.

It created a truly unbelievable and wild scene. While the photos don't nearly do it justice, they are a sight to behold, so let's take a look at some of the best. 

First, it's important to realize that while the power outage simply gave you more time to gnaw on chicken wings or maybe get in a quick nap, it made things considerably more hectic for anyone working the crucial event.

In fact, Kevin Harlan was forced to broadcast via telephone (from Dial Global Sports):

Who knew those still existed?

Next, we have an disinterested Joe Flacco (via Bleacher Report):

Seriously, this is the guy who went on to win MVP of the freaking Super Bowl, yet in the third quarter he was almost lulled to sleep. If that isn't the epitome of surreal, I'm not sure what is. 

You might not have gotten the full effect on TV, but this photo gives you a good indication of how dark the stadium truly was:

Here, we have the 49ers looking like they're ready to play in the near pitch black:


More chaos:

Unfortunately for this guy, it looks like he wasn't able to take a break like the rest of the players:

And last, but most certainly not least, Bleacher Report came through with the MVP (and culprit of the amazing scene):

You serious, Clark?