Sunday night, half the lights went out briefly at New Meadowlands Stadium early in the third quarter. And then with 11:28 to go in the quarter and Dallas holding a shocking 26-6 lead on the NFC East-leading Giants in Jason Garrett's first game as the interim coach of the reeling defending NFC East champion Cowboys, the vast majority of the lights went out -- that forced a nearly 12-minute delay in play, during which time FOX also lost its game broadcast and switched Giants-Cowboys viewers to the game between San Francisco and St. Louis.
At that point an announcement kept being repeated, "Ladies and gentlemen, please remain in your seats until given instructions to evaluate by security personnel."
A couple of minutes later, the power returned, but the giant video boards in each corner were all white. Play remained on hold.
Power would return at 6:22 p.m. ET, and the Giants would finish their drive with a touchdown to make the score 26-13 with 8:56 remaining in the third quarter.
"The New Meadowlands Stadium experienced two power outages in the 3rd quarter of tonight's game," read a statement released late in the eventual 33-20 Cowboys victory. "Power was lost when one of the two feeders to the stadium experienced a power interruption. The power source to the stadium was then switched to the second feeder. The appearance of the stadium not being at full power at that time occurred because the halogen lighting had not fully powered up. A second power interruption occurred to the second feeder causing a full outage. Functionality to the original feeder was restored and we are now receiving power though that feeder. We are currently investigating the original cause of the interruption."