Comcast has blamed vandals for a major outage during Sunday's Super Bowl, after damage was caused to a fiber optic cable.

The outage took place in Philadelphia, the home city of the Eagles, who were playing in Sunday's Super Bowl event.

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It took place before the game kicked off, leaving a few thousand Comcast's Xfinity Internet and cable service users without pre-game coverage, although the company claimed the bulk of the customers regained coverage by kick-off time at 6:40pm.

"We are thankful to our local teams that responded immediately and resolved this issue as quickly as possible. Anyone still experiencing issues should restart their modem and/or cable box," said a Comcast spokesperson.

Unsurprisingly, Eagles supporters took to social media to complain about the Philly-based Comcast's outages, which some said has been a regular occurrence in recent weeks. Sadly for Eagles fans, the outage was a sign of things to come, as the team went on to lose the game 38-35 to the Kansas City Chiefs.

During the 2013 Super Bowl, a power cut caused play to stop for 34 minutes, with the outage blamed on a blown transformer.

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