NFL STATEMENT –
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.
From the Steelers:
The NFL issued the above statement regarding kickoff time for the Steelers-Chiefs Divisional Round Game at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 15. The time has been changed by the NFL from 1:05 p.m. ET to 8:20 p.m. ET because of dangerous conditions that are expected due to Winter Storm Jupiter.
The game will still be televised on NBC (WPXI, Channel 11 locally).
The storm is expected to cut through the Midwest, bringing ice to the Kansas City area.
This will be the Steelers fourth time playing in primetime this year, the three previous ones victories (Washington, Kansas City and Indianapolis).
This isn’t the first time that weather has had an impact on the Steelers.
In 2004, Ben Roethlisberger’s first NFL start was delayed after a 1 p.m. kickoff against the Miami Dolphins was changed to 8:30 p.m. because of Hurricane Jeanne.
While the hurricane moved out by game time, the bad weather didn’t as a tropical depression brought rain, wind, and muddy conditions to Pro Player Stadium.
The Steelers won the game 13-3, and survived not just the Dolphins, but also Mother Nature.
The Steelers had to adapt their travel plans because of Superstorm Sandy in 2012 in advance of their game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. After the New York/New Jersey area was devastated by the storm, the Steelers changed their travel plans, arriving the day of the game as opposed to the normal day before, for the 4:25 p.m. kickoff. The Steelers won the game, 24-20.