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Super Bowl XLVII

The San Francisco 49ers will meet the Baltimore Ravens at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.

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The cause of Sunday’s power outage at the Super Bowl in New Orleans has been traced to a newly installed electrical relay device meant to protect Superdome equipment, a power company and the device’s manufacturer said Friday.

But the companies appear to be on different pages about whether human error was to blame.

The relay, put online late last year, triggered unexpectedly, causing another device to stop supplying power to part of the building, Entergy New Orleans told city officials Friday.

The partial outage interrupted the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers for about 35 minutes, and city officials have been anxious about whether the outage will impact the city’s efforts to attract future big-ticket events.

Entergy told New Orleans City Council members that the company still doesn’t know why the device triggered, but the relay has been removed, the the dome’s electrical system is ready to go and steps will be taken to ensure a malfunction doesn’t happen again.

“Rest assured, the Superdome is fully functional,” CEO Charles Rice told the council’s utility committee Friday morning.

But the relay’s manufacturer, Chicago-based S&C Electric Co., says it believes it knows why the problem happened: The relay, it says, wasn’t operated at the proper setting.

System operators essentially put the relay’s trip setting too low, S&C vice president Michael Edmonds wrote to CNN in an e-mail. The electrical load exceeded the trip setting, so the relay triggered, he said.

That activated the switch gear, which is designed to cut some power to isolate any problem and prevent system damage and a larger outage.

“Based on the onsite testing, we have determined that if higher settings had been applied, the equipment would not have disconnected the power,” Edmonds wrote. “S&C continues to work with all those involved to get the system back online, and our customers can continue to rely on the quality and performance of our products.”

Asked whether Entergy agrees with S&C’s characterization of the problem, Entergy spokesman Mike Burns responded:

“Tests conducted by S&C and Entergy on the two relays installed at the Superdome shows that one relay functioned as expected and the other relay did not.

“We will continue to do more testing but we believe that we have zeroed in on the device that caused the outage, and we have removed it from service.”

S&C was not represented at the council committee meeting in New Orleans.

The company that manages the dome, SMG, told the panel it concurred that the device is linked to the power outage.

But the explanation won’t end the issue for some officials, as Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson pressed Rice to allow an independent audit.

Rice didn’t commit, instead replying that a third-party inspector will be used if Entergy and SMG determine one is needed.

The relay and switch gear were part of Entergy’s 2011-2012 project to improve electrical reliability at the dome, Entergy official Dennis Dawsey told council members.

The relay device wasn’t put online until December 21. Between then and the Super Bowl, the device functioned properly during three major events — the New Orleans Bowl, a Saints-Panthers NFL game, and the Sugar Bowl — Entergy said.

Rice said the company would work closely with the device’s manufacturer to determine what caused the device to trigger when it shouldn’t have.

“We are going to do everything humanly possible (to ensure) we do not experience an event like this again,” Rice said.

An SMG official emphasized to the panel that the power failure had nothing to do with SMG’s recent efforts to replace the cables that feed electricity from Entergy’s connection points to the dome.

The Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, a state agency that oversees the Superdome, had approved spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to replace the feeder cables. The SMG official said Friday that the cables were replaced because they were 15 years old, and that SMG doesn’t “see any way (the cables) were involved in this.”

The electrical outage at the Superdome set off a storm of social media amusement among viewers and inspired advertising tweets with blackout twists.

Carmaker Audi took a swipe at its competitor, tweeting that it was sending “LED lights” over to the dome, which is officially named the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

But for the picturesque Super Bowl host city — perpetually concerned with its reputation, especially since Hurricane Katrina — the power failure broadcast to the world was a huge embarrassment.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu promised that night there would be answers soon.

Clarkson, pressing for a third-party examination of the cause, emphasized that the city intends to bid for the 2018 Super Bowl.

“We are in contention for 2018,” Clarkson said. “(An outside test) is clearly imperative … to defy the naysayers that could be arising around the country to say that we shouldn’t have this (Super Bowl).”

By Jason Hanna

CNN’s Mariano Castillo contributed to this report.

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Tweeting from his official account, San Francisco tight end Delanie Walker announced Wednesday that his aunt and uncle were killed by suspected drunk driver the morning after the Super Bowl.

Walker had 3 catches for 48 yards, including a 28 yard reception, in the Super Bowl.

His Tweet linked to an Instagram picture that shows Walker with his aunt and uncle.

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From Walker’s Instagram account onlyoncamera46

 

Even after losing the Super Bowl, many fans were out in support of the 49ers as the team emptied out their lockers.

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02/04/13

Despite the Loss, Super Bowl Still Worth the Trip

Mark Demsky and Stefanie Cruz caught up with a local duo to find out about their Super Bowl experience.

Power went out during the Super Bowl. Mark Demsky and Stefanie Cruz relive the moments inside the Superdome.

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02/04/13

Fans and Players React to Super Bowl Loss

Mark Demsky is live in New Orleans this morning, where players and fans at the game remain spirited, despite losing to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl.

San Francisco fans left the Superdome not in shame, but with their heads held high, even after a close loss for the 49ers in the Super Bowl. Stefanie Cruz reports.

Ben Deci reports from San Francisco, where police stepped up their presence in anticipation of the Super Bowl outcome. However, with the 49ers losing, no real incidents have occurred.

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San Francisco managed to make it an interesting game, but Baltimore held on and pulled off their second-ever Super Bowl win.

For the 49ers, it was their first-ever Super Bowl loss.

The Ravens were dominating the game up until a power outage during the 3rd quarter cut the lights at the Superdome.

Baltimore led 28-6, including scoring on the kickoff to start the second half. But, the 49ers charged back after the 34 minute delay, scoring 17 unanswered points in the 3rd quarter.

Kaepernick connected with Michael Crabtree to score San Francisco’s first touchdown of the game. Crabtree managed to break a few tackles on his way to pay dirt.

The 49ers forced the Ravens to put on the ensuing drive, allowing SF to try and close the gap even further.

Soon, Frank Gore scored on a touchdown run and brought the 49ers within striking distance, with a score of 28-20.

Then, Ray Rice fumbled on the Ravens’ next drive, allowing the 49ers a chance to even the score. However, SF’s drive fizzled and they were forced to try for a field goal. Beleaguered kicker David Akers missed his first attempt from 39-yards out, but a running-into-a-kicker penalty gave him a second shot.

Akers then drilled his next kick, bringing the 49ers within 5 points.

Kaepernick got a chance to do his trademark “Kaepernicking” in the 4th quarter, when he called his own number from 15 yards out, running in for a TD. SF couldn’t convert on a 2-point conversion attempt, leaving the score at 31-29.

It all came down to a 4th and goal attempt from the 5 yard line with 1:50 to go for the 49ers, however. Kaepernick was blitzed and had to get rid of the ball quickly. He threw it in the direction of Crabtree, but the ball fell out of reach.

The Ravens managed to run the clock down to 0:10 on their ensuing possession. They then took a safety in order to run more time off the clock.

San Francisco got the ball back, but with only 0:04 to go. Kick returner Ted Ginn Jr. only had time to try and run it back for a touchdown. He couldn’t and the game ended.

The loss is San Francisco’s first Super Bowl loss, after having won 5 other times in between 1981 and 1995. Baltimore last won the Super Bowl in 2000.

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