The Morning GIF: Tuesday, December 20

An aerial view of the power outage that delayed Monday Night Football last night—twice. 


Fernando Alfonso III


Published Dec 20, 2011   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 11:40 pm CDT

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More than 69,000 football fans sat in complete darkness Monday night after two separate power outages delayed the San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers game for about 35 minutes.

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The first outage at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park happened before kickoff after “security chief Jeff Miller said he witnessed a transformer blow up while he was monitoring a gate outside the stadium,” reported ABC News. The second outage “came early in the second quarter and halted the game again between the playoff-bound teams for about 15 minutes,” reported ABC.

To celebrate the occasion, Twitter user Dan McQuade (@dhm) tweeted the following GIF image showing an aerial shot of the football stadium before one of the outages. The GIF was retweeted more than 100 times.

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*First Published: Dec 20, 2011, 11:10 am CST