Approaching severe weather delayed the start of the second half of the “Sunday Night Football” matchup between the Bills and Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Spectators were told to seek shelter in the stadium concourses and avoid the elements.
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An official announcement of the delay was made at 10:19 p.m. ET.
Due to lightning in the area, the second half of #BUFvsKC is delayed.
— NFL Football Operations (@NFLFootballOps) October 11, 2021
According to the NBC broadcast, the earliest the game would resume was 10:30 p.m. ET, although no official determination had been made.
Buffalo led 24-13 at halftime — its 14th consecutive game with a halftime lead, an NFL record. The Bills will receive the second-half kickoff.
The starting quarterbacks — Josh Allen for Buffalo and Patrick Mahomes for Kansas City — are the game’s leading rushers. Mecole Hardman (four catches, 48 yards) and Dawson Knox (two catches, 76 yards, one touchdown) are the leading receivers for the Chiefs and Bills, respectively, in the rematch of last season’s AFC championship game.
This is the second game in as many weeks to be delayed by inclement weather. Lightning in the Los Angeles area delayed the start of the Chargers-Raiders “Monday Night Football” showdown.