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Two Power Outages Delay Steelers-49ers Game

SAN FRANCISCO (KDKA) — Monday Night’s Steelers game was delayed twice because of a power outage.

Before the game a transformer exploded near Candlestick Park. The outage happened shortly after 8 p.m. EST and delayed kickoff for about 20 minutes.

The players had finished warm-ups at that point and were back in the locker room.

Some power was restored to the stadium at about 8:35 p.m. About five minutes later, players from both teams took the field.

A second power outage delayed the game with 12:13 in the second quarter. The 49ers led 6-0. Roethlisberger, who played with a high ankle sprain, threw two interceptions in the first quarter.

The game resumed after about 15 minutes.

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49ers take 3-0 lead over Steelers after delay

Ben Roethlisberger threw interceptions on his first two possessions playing on an injured left ankle, and the San Francisco 49ers took a 3-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers after the first quarter Monday night in a game delayed 20 minutes by a power outage at Candlestick Park.

Roethlisberger limped along at the start with a sprained ankle that limited him this week in practice. He completed 3 of 4 passes for 46 yards in the first drive, including a 36-yarder to Mike Wallace before Carlos Rogers intercepted Roethlisberger’s pass running into the end zone.

The 49ers’ 17-play, 69-yard drive stalled when Alex Smith threw two incompletions in the end zone. San Francisco settled for a 22-yard field goal by David Akers.

Dashon Goldson picked off a pass by Roethlisberger on Pittsburgh’s second possession.

The power throughout the stadium went off about 25 minutes before the scheduled kickoff of 5:40 local time. The public address system stopped working and fans were left in the dark until an emergency light came on in the far corner of the stadium.

A 49ers team spokesman said transformers appeared to fail outside the stadium.

Joe Molica, a spokesman for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said the power company was still investigating the cause of the outage.

”So far I don’t know what the cause is yet,” Molica said. ”We do know that Candlestick was the only customer affected by this outage.”

Molica said PG&E and park authorities had made all the routine checks earlier in the day and that all systems appeared to be in order.

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