Last second schedule switch in Pittsburgh. The NFL announced moments ago the Divisional game against the Kansas City Chiefs has been moved to Sunday night at 8:20 PM instead of its planned 1:05 kickoff.
The full statement from the NFL Director of Communications.
Steelers-Chiefs Divisional Playoff game moved to Sunday night at 8:20 PM ET (NBC) due to public safety concerns in light of forecasted storm pic.twitter.com/jXE9AK26Jn
— Randall Liu (@RLiuNFL) January 13, 2017
“Due to public safety concerns in light of the forecasted storm this weekend in the Kansas City area, Sunday’s Steelers-Chiefs Divisional Playoff game on NBC has been moved to 8:20 p.m. ET.
Moving the game from the original 1:05 p.m. ET start time will provide local authorities more time to clear roads in the area as the weather is expected to improve throughout Sunday.
The decision to make this time change was made in consultation with state and local officials as well as the Chiefs and the Steelers.”
The game, as the tweet and NFL statement indicates, will be remain NBC. For a game like this, playing in decent weather is the fairest thing for both teams.
Severe rain and thunder storms have hit the West Coast over the last few days and is moving inland, causing the concern. That storm is turning into ice and freezing rain that is expected to hit the Kansas City area Sunday afternoon. This game will follow the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys, slated to kickoff at 4:40.
The winner of this game will go on to play in the AFC Championship round, likely against the New England Patriots, a week from this Sunday.