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NFL-Buffalo playoff opener postponed until Monday due to winter storm

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(Reuters) – The NFL playoff game between the Buffalo Bills and the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers has been postponed until Monday due to a winter storm, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul said on Saturday .

The match, originally scheduled for Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET (6:00 p.m. GMT), will now begin on Monday at 4:30 p.m., Hochul wrote on social media.

Hochul said she has been in communication with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell regarding conditions expected to be dangerous in Buffalo this weekend.

β€œIn consultation with our emergency response teams, @BuffaloBills management and the NFL, the Bills game will be rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday,” Hochul said.

In another post, Hochul said traveling was going to be “extremely dangerous” in Western New York and that she was implementing a total travel ban in Erie County starting Saturday.

The Bills (11-6) won their final five games of the regular season to clinch the AFC East division title while the Steelers (10-7) are riding a three-game winning streak.

In anticipation of the storm, the Bills had asked Friday for anyone interested in shoveling snow at their stadium β€” for $20 an hour and with free food β€” to arrive on site Saturday at 10 p.m. to prepare the site for the match. .

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Ed Osmond)

Copyright 2024 Thomson Reuters.

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