MINNEAPOLIS (CBSNewYork) — NBC’s broadcast of Super Bowl LII briefly went dark Sunday night.
Just after LeGarrette Blount’s 21-yard touchdown run gave the Philadelphia Eagles a 15-3 lead with 8:48 to play in the second quarter, NBC pitched to commercial, but viewers were instead greeted by more than 30 seconds of a black screen.
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The signal finally returned with coverage of the game resuming.
A NBC spokesperson later said: “We had a brief equipment failure that we quickly resolved. No game action or commercial time were missed.”
NBC’s statement suggests it did not lose out on any ad revenue — a 30-second Super Bowl spot cost about $5 million.
Of course, the incident was a hot topic on social media, with many users poking fun at it. Some said the moment reminded them of Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans when the game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers had to halted for several minutes because of a power outage inside the Superdome.
The Eagles beat the Patriots 41-33 to win their first Super Bowl in franchise history.