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Roger Goodell says power outage won't affect New Orleans' chances of hosting future Super Bowls

NEW ORLEANS -- Despite a power outage that disrupted the Super Bowl for roughly 35 minutes Sunday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell declared that the New Orleans will remain a contender for hosting future Super Bowls.

The electrical problem, which NFL and Superdome officials are still investigating, didn't result in any fatalities, and they indicated that the incident was not the fault of Beyonce and a high-powered halftime show. Goodell said he believed there was one minor injury suffered during the blackout.

"I fully expect that we will be back here for Super Bowls, and I hope we will be back" Goodell said Monday morning. "We want to be back."

The power outage was restricted to the Superdome, not affecting the surrounding grid.

"This is clearly something that can be fixed, and it's clearly something that we can prepare for," Goodell said. "And we will."

The city of New Orleans was hosting its first Super Bowl in 11 years.

Ravens players and coach John Harbaugh said they didn't think the power outage affected the game, but clearly there was a momentum shift after the blackout as the 49ers scored 17 unanswered points.

"We knew they have an interest in future Super Bowls," Goodell said. "We look forward to evaluating. Going forward, I don't think this will have any impact at all on what I think will be remembered for one of the greatest Super Bowl weeks."

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