Bills-Steelers playoff game moved to Monday amid forecast for dangerous winter weather

New York's governor announces change
Bills-Steelers playoff game moved due to dangerous weather forecast
Posted at 12:41 PM, Jan 13, 2024
and last updated 2024-01-13 12:55:32-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills’ wild-card playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers that was scheduled for Sunday was moved to Monday amid a forecast for dangerous winter weather, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Saturday.

Hochul and other officials said they were making the change for safety's sake.

"We want our Bills to win, but we don't want 60,000 to 70,000 people traveling to the football game in what’s going to be horrible conditions," Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said at a news conference in suburban Buffalo.

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Officials advised residents to stay off the roads starting at nightfall on Saturday, with a driving ban taking effect at 9 p.m. The game will now be played at Highmark Stadium at 4:30 p.m. Monday instead of 1 p.m. Sunday. The game will still be televised by CBS.

Hochul said she started talking with the NFL on Thursday about the possibility of having to reschedule the game.

The Bills are familiar with weather-related schedule changes. In 2022, a lake effect storm led to Buffalo's home game against Cleveland being moved to Detroit in November. A month later, a massive blizzard forced the Bills to delay their trip home, forcing them to stay overnight in Chicago on Christmas Eve.