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The 1-11 Panthers take on 10-2 NFC South Division rivals the Atlanta Falcons here at home today in a game where the most exciting thing will be to see if it rains a lot or a little (it rained here overnight and it’s been raining on and off this morning and afternoon). In fact, things have already gotten off to a dismal start for the Panthers as the first play of the game has seen them turn it over to Atlanta deep into Panther territory, leading to an Atlanta touchdown.
The game is being broadcast on Fox.
The big news of the day is the collapse of the Metrodome roof in Minneapolis:
The panels of the Metrodome roof started giving way around 5 a.m. and deflated after the storm, which dumped more than 17 inches of snow on the city, Chairman of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission Roy Terwilliger told ABC News affiliate KSTP in Minneapolis – St. Paul.
A Sunday NFL football game between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings had already been pushed to Monday, as the Giants were stranded in Kansas City, unable to reach Minneapolis after the Twin Cities’ airport was closed.
Terwilliger says this has only happened three other times in the Metrodome history, the last being on April 14, 1983.
NFL Spokesperson Greg Aiello says the league has been informed by stadium officials that the Metrodome will not be available Monday or Tuesday. Officials are considering all options including moving the game to TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota Campus.
Here’s video of the roof collapsing.
Live in the affected areas? Be safe, y’all.
Update: No surprise here. The Panthers lost to Atlanta 31-10.