Tag:What happens if NFL game is suspended
Posted on: December 19, 2011 10:13 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2011 11:08 pm

What happens if Steelers-49ers game is suspended?

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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