Why the NFL delayed the start of the Chargers vs. Raiders game on 'Monday Night Football'

Kirby Lee-U.S.A. TODAY Sports

With NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on hand, the NFL chose to postpone the start of Monday night’s video game in between the Raiders and Chargers due to lightning. Instead of kicking things off at 8:15 p.m. ET, the Raiders started to the Chargers at 8:50 p.m. ET. 

Here’s a rundown of exactly what took place on Monday night. 

  • Lighting was seen outside SoFi Stadium minutes prior to Monday night’s video game was slated to begin. 
  • The NFL chose to postpone the start of the video game to 8:55 p.m. ET simply minutes prior to the video game’s preliminary kickoff time. 
  • About 20 minutes into the hold-up, the kickoff was gone up to 8:50 p.m. ET.
  • While SoFi Stadium is a dome, the arena’s open sides postured a security threat. 
  • Fans were asked to leave their seats throughout the weather condition hold-up. Players were asked to leave the field. 
  • Chargers receiver Keenan Allen informed ESPN’s Lisa Salters that he and his colleagues waited completely uniform in their locker space throughout the hold-up. 
  • The video game resumed following the 35-minute hold-up. 

According to the NFL’s guideline book (Rule 17, Article 4), the commissioner has complete authority to identify whether a video game ought to be postponed or held off due to negative weather. 

Once play resumed, the Chargers offseted wasted time, as Justin Herbert ended the video game’s very first drive with a 4-yard goal pass to Donald Parham Jr. 

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