Roger Goodell says local officials turned in "fantastic" performance
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has saluted the city of New Orleans on the way it performed as the host of the Super Bowl.
"To New Orleans, an absolutely spectacular job of hosting the Super Bowl. The people here, the officials just did a fantastic job and we are deeply grateful for everything," Goodell said at a Monday morning news conference.
The commissioner added that local officials "could not have done a better job."
He also discussed the 34-minute power outage at the Dome and commended Dome personnel on their response.
"There were no safety issues at any point in time. The Dome personnel did an outstanding job, I think everyone stayed calm and worked through the issues."
Goodell said he heard a report of only one minor injury to a person who was on an escalator that abruptly stopped when the power outage occurred. He also said the incident would have no impact on whether the city would host future Super Bowl games.
The coach of the Ravens, John Harbaugh said Monday that the outage had no impact on the game.
"The blackout had nothing to do with the game, the 49ers just outplayed us for a stretch, they played great."
Harbaugh said he overreacted when discussing the outage with referrees.
He said it was "a total overreaction on my part and I feel bad about it."
"It was the one thing I look back on the game and I'm disappointed in myself because I didn't have much poise in that moment."
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