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What happens if Steelers-49ers game is suspended?

Posted on: December 19, 2011 10:13 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2011 11:08 pm

By Will Brinson

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As you may have noticed, there's some issue with the power at Candlestick Park in San Francisco during the Steelers-49ers game. (The Niners currently lead 6-0.)

Twice thus far, there's been a delay because of a power outage and there are some obvious concerns about whether or not the game will actually be finished. (Not to mention what that means for your fantasy football team, ammright?) So what would happen if the game were suspended?

According to Mike Tirico on Monday Night Football, the teams and league will attempt to stay at Candlestick as long as possible to finish the game, provided it doesn't become "a public safety hazard."

In that event, the game could be suspended and finished on Tuesday afternoon. After all, unlike baseball, the game can't be "complete" until it's actually complete, meaning the whole game must be played.

"If the game were to get suspended it would resume at some point at the exact point it was suspended," Mike Pereira, former NFL VP of Officiating and now a Fox Sports analyst, tweeted Monday. "Stats and scores would remain."

Pereira also noted that the referee involved can "only temporarily suspend" as it's the NFL's decision as to whether they should suspend until a later date.

The logistics behind suspending the game -- and presumably resuming it on Tuesday -- are a disaster, considering that everyone's already scheduled to play again on Saturday. Not to mention Ben Roethlisberger's already dealing with an injured ankle, and playing in game action two days in a row doesn't really seem plausible the way he's looked on Monday.

From a fantasy perspective, you'd just sit on your points until the game was finished. I have no clue, at this point, how Vegas would handle the game. My best guess is there would be an option to get no action from certain casinos.

That's a tremendous disadvantage for the Steelers, who have to travel back home before playing on Christmas Eve against the Rams.

The 49ers wouldn't exactly be helped, as they've got to play a white-hot Seahawks team in Seattle on Saturday as well.

But if for some reason the game can't continue tonight, it could conceivably be played Tuesday, and given the problems with the power in Candlestick on Monday night, playing it during the day wouldn't exactly be a terrible idea either.

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What happens if Steelers-49ers game is suspended?

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Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:21 am

What happens if Steelers-49ers game is suspended?

Honestabe, there are some people who like to watch all the games.  Making a West Coast game at 1030 would exclude a large portion of the population who don't want to stay up all night to watch the game.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:54 am

What happens if Steelers-49ers game is suspended?

Do you think now the NFL will stop making teams fly coast to coast for Monday night games? Nobody's watching games at 1 AM. Let's have 2 east coast teams play at 7:00 and 2 west coast teams play at 10:30.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:09 am

What happens if Steelers-49ers game is suspended?

Tuesday afternoon and a daylight game would've been my 1st guess too, then again, a neighboring stadium could've been an alternate site for a Tuesday night game. Last season demonstrated what happens when a dome collapses or a game in Philly needs to be played on a Tuesday night (funny, all games involved the Vikings).

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:58 am

What happens if Steelers-49ers game is suspended?

So would it take until New Years to repair the lighting problem, and is this going to fuel (more) of a push for a new stadium?

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:16 pm

What happens if Steelers-49ers game is suspended?

In actuality....the mistake is not cancelling the Monday night game this week.  Knowing Christmas was coming and all the games would be moved to Saturday, the schedulers should have bagged it.  The contract with ESPN probably won't let them do that but at least not have the home team go on the road next week and the road team travel 2500 miles.

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:11 pm

What happens if Steelers-49ers game is suspended?

A Saturday road game after a Monday night game.  I swear the NFL schedulers need their heads examined.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 10:17 pm

What happens if Steelers-49ers game is suspended?

More importantly, what happens to fantasy?

If the game is not finished, then do the points not count?

I really need this to happen, no points allowed, suspend the game!

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