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A power outage just before kickoff and another in the second quarter blacked out the stadium in the 49ers' biggest home game since their 2003 playoff stunner over the New York Giants.
Power returned and the game resumed after delays of 20 minutes and approximately 15 minutes.
Akers kicked field goals from 22 and 38 yards.
Alex Smith completed 10 of 20 passes for 87 yards, and Frank Gore ran for 43 yards as the NFC West champion 49ers looked to make a splash in the national spotlight after a Thanksgiving night loss at Baltimore.
San Francisco has yet to allow a rushing TD and is trying to become the first team in NFL history to hold that mark through the first 14 games. The Niners shut down Pittsburgh's offense in a low-scoring half that played perfectly into their style.
Roethlisberger limped along with a sprained ankle that limited him this week in practice. He completed 3 of 4 passes for 46 yards in the first drive, including a 36-yarder to Mike Wallace before Carlos Rogers intercepted Roethlisberger's pass running into the end zone.
The 49ers' 17-play, 69-yard drive that followed stalled when Smith threw two incompletions in the end zone. San Francisco settled for a 22-yard field goal, failing to get into the end zone again in a troubling trend.
Dashon Goldson intercepted a pass by Roethlisberger on Pittsburgh's second possession that lead to a 38-yard field goal by Akers with 12:13 remaining in the second quarter. That field goal gave Akers the franchise record for most points in a season with 141, passing the 138 set by Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice ' who was in attendance on the sideline ' in 1987.
Then, suddenly, everything turned black.
Fans roared and flash bulbs popped all over the stadium. Players scurried to the sidelines, and the Terrible Towels that a sea of Steelers fans had waived could no longer be seen in the darkness.
NFL security chief Jeff Miller said he witnessed a transformer blow out as he was monitoring a gate outside the stadium. He said the problem appeared to be on a power grid outside that is affecting the stadium's power, giving the NFL confidence the game could be completed.
Fans long waiting for a meaningful December at Candlestick had to wait a little long for this primetime matchup.
The power throughout the stadium went off the first time about 25 minutes before the scheduled kickoff of 5:40 local time Monday. The public address system stopped working and fans were left in the dark until an emergency light came on in the far corner of the stadium.
The power first started to come back on in the press box and the scoreboard ring around the stadium about 15 minutes later, drawing cheers from Steelers and 49ers fans. The stadium lights slowly turned on about 10 minutes later.
Roethlisberger completed 14 of 23 passes for 141 yards and two interceptions in the first half.