By Terrance Turner
Oct. 10, 2021
Tonight’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills has been delayed due tow weather. Storms in Kansas City have brought lightning and heavy rain, and everyone inside Arrowhead Stadium has been asked to evacuate. Many have complied.
The weather has brought tonight’s “Sunday Night Football” to a halt. The Chiefs struck first when kicker Harrison Butker drilled a field goal. But the Bills outscored them quickly — quarterback Josh Allen led his team down the field and ran almost unblocked into the end zone. Allen’s rushing touchdown gave Buffalo a 7-3 lead.
Mahomes answered back with a touchdown of his own early in the second quarter, finding wide receiver Byron Pringle in the end zone to give the Chiefs a 10-7 lead. But before ESPN could finish updating its copy, the Bills scored on a 35-yard touchdown pass by receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
The Bills continued to put together scoring drives, aided by a subpar Kansas City defense that was already missing some key players. (Defensive end Chris Jones and cornerback Charvarius WArd were both out with injuries.) Buffalo took advantage of KC’s struggling run defense; after a field goal by Tyler Bass, Allen expanded Buffalo’s lead to 14 points when he found Dawson Knox for a 53-yard touchdown. Kicker Tyler Bass made the extra-point kick to make it 24-10.
The Chiefs managed to put some points on the board before the end of the half. Racing the clock, Mahomes led the Chiefs down the field and within field goal range. After both teams took timeouts with 11 seconds left, Mahomes made one last play on 3rd and 12, but his pass was incomplete. Harrison Butker made a 54-yard field goal to make it 24-13 at the half.
Then the rain began. And it wouldn’t stop.
The rain fell down in sheets, and the sky lit up with lightning as fans evacuated. The weather delay stretched on for over half an hour; in fact, NBC commentator Al Michaels said on-air that the delay lasted an hour and 10 minutes. But at last word the players have rejoined the field, and are set to resume action. Stay tuned for details.