Super Bowl XLVII broke overnight rating records, quite possibly making it the most-watched game in history. The Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers in a nail-biter game, but the Ravens’ win wasn’t the only thing that had people talking.
While half-time performers are known to generate a lot of buzz, Beyoncé’s act was one of the highest anticipated half-time events in recent years. Add a surprise Destiny’s Child reunion to the mix, a medley of old favorites and new songs, and a hiccup-free performance, and it’s no wonder that viewers everywhere were blown away.
There was, however, a hiccup of a different kind just moments into the start of the third quarter. The biggest game of the year came to a complete stop for 34 long, confusing minutes because of a power outage that literally left parts of the Superdome in the dark.
While there were no immediate explanations – the first official findings came about two hours after the game, revealing that an “abnormality” in the power system triggered an automatic shutdown – viewers wasted no time coming up with their own explanations, and of course turned the confusing situation into a big laugh-fest.
Check out some of the funniest tweets that made light of the whole situation.
Kramer gets lost in the Super Dome on his way to his seats at the Super Bowl. Accidentally knocks out all the lights.
— Modern Seinfeld (@SeinfeldToday) February 4, 2013
Shout Out to @beyonce for literally shutting down the Super Dome!! She don't play!!!! Lol!!
— BILL BELLAMY (@BILLBELLAMY) February 4, 2013
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN BEYONCE DOESN'T LIP SYNCH. SATISFIED?!?!??!
— Darren Franich (@DarrenFranich) February 4, 2013
Here's what caused the Super Bowl power outage pic.twitter.com/bfHgi2wm
— Jon Weisman (@jonweisman) February 4, 2013
*waits for Bane to appear* #SuperdomeOuttage
— Melanie★ (@lightssobright) February 4, 2013
When the lights turn back on, I'm kind of hoping Backstreet Boys jump out and start singing "Backstreet's back, alright!" Because c'mon.
— David James (@DJamesAuthor) February 4, 2013
Try unplugging it. Then plug it back in.
— Kitty Sheehan (@KittyASheehan) February 4, 2013
Luckily, the bar for “worst power outage at the Superdome” is set really high.
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) February 4, 2013