Extreme climate in Charlotte, N.C., delayed Thursday’s NFL Week 2 matchup between the Panthers and Buccaneers.
The groups have been ordered off the sphere with 8:31 remaining within the first quarter as heavy rain from a passing thunderstorm fell inside Financial institution of America Stadium and lightning flashed close by.
NFL Community reported that the sport would resume at 9:09 p.m. ET, then up to date the brand new begin time to 9:05 p.m. ET. Play resumed at 9:07, after a 27-minute delay.
Skies regarded threatening earlier than the sport, because the Panthers confirmed on this tweet:
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The climate additionally compelled Fox and the NFL Community to regulate their protection of the sport. On-field digicam operators have been moved to security, leaving the “cable camera” that trails the road of scrimmage and a excessive sideline digicam as the first choices to comply with the play.