The NFL often promotes football as a bad-weather sport. It got its share early Sunday in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington and Pittsburgh.
“You got to go out there and play no matter what kind of conditions outside — sleet, snow, you got to go,” Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles said.
Blowing snow made traction and visibility difficult for Lions at Eagles, Vikings at Ravens, Chiefs at Redskins, and Dolphins at Steelers. Detroit running back Reggie Bush injured himself on the slippery field at Lincoln Financial Field in warmups and did not play in the Lions’ 34-20 loss.
The snow so obscured the yard markers it was nearly impossible for fans to tell exactly where the ball was at all four stadiums. Televising networks superimposed the yard lines and numbers for viewers at home.
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Small tractors with plows, and workers with shovels tried to clear the snow during Baltimore’s 29-26 victory, to no avail. Workers used handheld snowblowers in Philadelphia, with little effect.
Conditions were at their worst in Philly, where driving snow arrived a few hours before kickoff.
“It’s not the same as a sunny day, that’s for sure. But you’ve got to make adjustments,” Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said.
• It only took six days — and a return to the Superdome — for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints to shake off their worst performance this season, a 34-7 loss in Seattle. Brees passed for 313 yards and four touchdowns and New Orleans (10-3) beat Carolina 31-13 to regain sole possession of first place in the NFC South.
“Love this offense. Love what (coach) Sean Payton’s put together,” Brees said. “I love the group of guys that I get a chance to play with.”