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NBC Explains What Led To The Blank Air Time During The Second Quarter Of Super Bowl LII

A black screen.

So much for any conspiracy theories about that blank air time during the Super Bowl.

During the second quarter of Super Bowl LII between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, there were 12 seconds of blank air time after NBC attempted to go to commercial. Many were wondering if the move was done on purpose as some kind of to-be-later-revealed viral campaign. Not so much.

NBC revealed during halftime that the blackout was not planned. NBC Sports PR tweeted that the network suffered from a "brief equipment failure" that led to the transgression.

"We had a brief equipment failure that we quickly resolved. No game action or commercial time were missed."

NBC certainly didn't miss any game time with the error. But missing 12 seconds of prime air-time for a commercial might have cost the network - regardless of what they're saying.

NBC's gaffe came midway through the second quarter. After the 12 seconds of darkness, Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth were back on-screen dissecting the contest.

The first half of the contest has been wildly entertaining. The Eagles currently leads the Patriots 22-12 in a game that has featured a number of trick plays and...missed kicks.

Here's NBC's statement, which came on Twitter.

Hopefully, NBC can keep it together for the rest of the night. The game so far, meanwhile, has been great.