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Super Bowl XLVII
1:05 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Saints Get $5M State Payment for Super Bowl

The New Orleans Saints are getting a $5 million payment from the state because the Big Easy is hosting the Super Bowl.

The incentive was included in the 2009 deal between Gov. Bobby Jindal and Saints owner Tom Benson to keep the Saints in Louisiana through 2025.

The money is owed to the NFL team by June 30. Lawmakers will be asked to budget the payment in their upcoming legislative session.

The Jindal administration says the Super Bowl payment to the Saints won't come from the state's general fund at the expense of items like health services and education programs.

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Super Bowl XLVII
8:14 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Lights Out, It Was A Memorable Super Bowl

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs waits on the field after the half the lights went out in the third quarter of Sunday's Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans.
Mike Segar Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 10:45 am

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There was a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

A last-minute drive that could have won the game for San Francisco.

An MVP performance by Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

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Super Bowl XLVII
7:56 am
Mon February 4, 2013

That Was A Great Blackout Last Night

Kicker David Akers 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.
Ezra Shaw Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 10:38 am

Great blackout last night, right?

It's been clear for some time that substantially more people watch the Super Bowl than have the slightest interest in watching the actual football game. That's why there's such hubbub over the halftime show and the commercials — it gives non-football types something to pay attention to instead of football.

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Super Bowl XLVII
12:11 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Baltimore Ravens Beat San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl, 34-31

For the second time in their 17 seasons, the Baltimore Ravens are world champions.

The Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers Sunday 34-31 in an epic clash at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome in Super Bowl XLVII.

Among many firsts, Super Bowl XLVII was the first time in major professional sports that two brothers — Baltimore’s John Harbaugh and San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh — coached against each other in a championship.

This time, it was older brother John who came out on top in the “Harbaugh Bowl.”

John was quick to show his brother some love after the game.

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Super Bowl XLVII
11:33 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

Superdome Power Outage Statement

The following joint statement from SMG and Entergy on the power outage at the Superdome has just been released through the NFL:

The following is a joint statement from Entergy and SMG (management company of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome) regarding the partial power loss during the Super Bowl in New Orleans.

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Super Bowl XLVII
10:30 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

After Power Outage, Ravens Hang On To Beat 49ers In Super Bowl

The power went out at the Superdome in the third quarter of the Super Bowl Sunday for more than half an hour.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 5:42 am

The Baltimore Ravens won this year's Super Bowl, fending off the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 34-31 after a power outage left the Superdome in the dark and delayed the game in the second half. The outage lasted more than 30 minutes. The Associated Press has more:

"The majority of the lights failed shortly after Jacoby Jones returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown.

"Play finally resumed with 13:22 left in the third quarter."

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Super Bowl XLVII
12:25 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

Super Bowl Preview

WWNO's Jacob Mayer has been filing reports all this week leading up to the Super Bowl.

Here he is with his final look, a preview of this Sunday's game between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens.

The City of New Orleans will host its tenth Super Bowl this evening at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Super Bowl XLVII will match the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers and the AFC Champion Baltimore Ravens.

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Sports
10:57 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Keeping Those Jerseys Unwashed For The Big Win

49ers fan Kristofer Noceda (third from left) with friends at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
Kristofer Noceda

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 5:16 pm

Sports fans and athletes alike are notorious for superstitions. Take Michael Jordan, who would famously wear his North Carolina shorts under his Bulls uniform.

On Super Bowl Sunday, fans on both sides of the country are engaging in some odd behavior: donning unwashed jerseys, sporting fresh facial hair and sitting in that oh-so-special spot.

While the routines may seem silly, superstitions may actually have helped us evolve as a species.

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Super Bowl XLVII
9:58 am
Sun February 3, 2013

San Francisco 49ers Saturday Practice Report

The lights of the Super Bowl appeared a little brighter for 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, as the team went through 15 minutes of stretching and playing catch at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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Super Bowl XLVII
9:55 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Baltimore Ravens Saturday Practice Report

Fifteen minutes of football. A lifetime of memories.

That sums up the Baltimore Ravens' final on-field appearance Saturday in preparation for Super Bowl XLVII against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Although footballs were involved, the 15-minute work session inside the Superdome hardly constituted a practice. It more resembled a pep rally and backyard social than a serious walk-through the day before a game.

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