The lights went out twice within 11 minutes of the third quarter of the Cowboys-Giants game in East Rutherford, N.J.
At exactly 6 p.m. EST, there was a flash and several banks of lights at the $1.6 billion New Meadowlands Stadium went dark atop the arena. Play resumed after a momentarily delay, but then the entire place lost power on the next series.
Although the stadium was completely dark for only seconds, there was not enough light to continue play. A public address announcement asked everyone in the building to remain in their seats and await further instructions.
After eight minutes, action resumed, but only for one play before referee Bill Leavy delayed more snaps until television could get the game back on the air.
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Both the Cowboys and Giants scored touchdowns on their series that were interrupted by the power outages.
The stadium, which opened in the spring, has had some previous issues with power.
NINERS LOSE STALEY
San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley is out indefinitely after breaking his left leg during a 23-20 overtime win against the St. Louis Rams.
The fourth-year starter was on crutches after Sunday’s game.
Staley has been the 49ers’ starting left tackle since 2008.
Bills rookie running back C.J. Spiller is out indefinitely after hurting his hamstring in a 14-12 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Though final tests results aren’t in, coach Chan Gailey all but ruled out Spiller, a first-round draft choice, from playing next week, when the Bills travel to play Cincinnati.
“I can’t imagine him playing this week,” Gailey said. “We’ll have to see how long it lasts.”
Ken Iman, a 15-year NFL veteran and center on two Green Bay Packers championship teams has died at 71. … Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams sat out the first series Sunday against Kansas City after his arrest last week on suspicion of drunken driving. … Injuries sidelined the Miami Dolphins’ top two quarterbacks Sunday. Chad Pennington’s season debut lasted only two plays before he departed with another injury to his troublesome right shoulder, and Chad Henne hurt his left knee in the third quarter.