NFL Star Blames Beyoncé For His Team Losing The Super Bowl

Beyoncé can surely give a lights-out performance every time she takes the stage. But during Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, the lights did go out after her halftime show. Whether a blown fuse, NFL conspiracy or just a Crescent City coincidence, one football star on the losing team says the pop star may have cost his team the game.

Ted Ginn, Jr., a wide receiver who played for the San Francisco 49ers during the 2012 regular season and subsequent Super Bowl on Feb. 3, 2013, placed his team's loss on the shoulders of Beyoncé's show that left a lull in the game.

During an interview this week on The Bleacher Report's Lefkoe Show, Ginn was asked about the lights snafu at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, which has hosted more Super Bowls than any other venue.

Lefkoe started his question by saying that the 2012 49ers team was talented, and asked if Ginn, who was a 49ers member that season, if the temporary power outage affected the game.

"We'd have won that," Ginn said.

"You think so?" Lefkoe asked back.

"Yeah we gave them time. We warm up, get back right," Ginn said. "We were over there like, 'Hurry, get the power back on.' We were ready to go."

The Super Bowl, which was headlined as a game of head coaching brothers between Ravens coach John Harbaugh against then-49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, was also a game in which Colin Kaepernick led the 49ers as quarterback.

Opinions differ as much as heads and tails when it comes to Ginn's remarks. Baltimore took a 28-6 lead after Jacoby Jones took the second-half kickoff back for a touchdown, and then the lights shut off, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The 49ers then mounted a comeback of 17-straight points to make it a five-point game.

Though conspiracy theories floated around about the local power company pulling the plug, spokespersons from Entergy said devices had been placed to prevent power outages—no matter how stellar Beyoncé's show was. Entergy said those same devices are what probably triggered other mechanisms in the system to create the outage, according to CBS News..

Ray Lewis, who was a Ravens linebacker in his final game and eventual 2018 Hall of Fame selection, said the outage was created to help make it a closer game so the Ravens wouldn't make it a blowout.

"You're a zillion-dollar company, and your lights go out?" Lewis said. "No. No way. ... You cannot tell me somebody wasn't sitting there and when they say, 'The Ravens [are] about to blow them out. Man, we better do something.' ... That's a huge shift in any game, in all seriousness. And as you see how huge it was because it let them right back in the game."

Ironically, Ginn eventually went on to play for the New Orleans Saints, who play their same games in that very same dome. And coincidentally, Beyoncé created no power outages.