Roger Goodell: 'No indication' Super Bowl power outage Beyonce's fault

NEW ORLEANS -- There was plenty of speculation during the Super Bowl power outage Sunday night that it was caused by the insane power used to (literally) fire up the stage for Beyonce's halftime performance.

But the show, which drew rave reviews, didn't cause the power outage, according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

"There's no indication at all that this was caused by the halftime show," Goodell said Monday morning. "I know that's been out there. ... That is not the case from anything we have at this point."

Goodell also said the power outage won't have any impact on future Super Bowls in New Orleans. And to make sure everyone was on board with the idea this wasn't Beyonce's fault, Goodell brought along an executive from the Superdome.

Doug Thornton, SMG's senior vice president of stadiums and arenas, said they weren't even providing power to the Superdome during Beyonce's appearance, and actually saw a dip in their grid levels.

"The halftime show, as the commissioner said, was running on 100 percent generated power, which means it was not on our grid at all," he said. "In fact, during the halftime show we had a drop in power."

So did the Ravens apparently -- up 28-6 at the time of the blackout, the Ravens were lit up by the 49ers on both sides of the ball after the brief hiatus.

Ultimately, the pre-blackout lead held up. Which means the Ravens don't have to worry about trying to blame Beyonce for losing a Super Bowl.

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