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That's a new one: NFL game postponed due to rubber pellet problem

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Posted at 1:14 PM, Dec 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-12 20:16:13-05

Here's another reason to be grateful to live in Arizona during the winter.

Sunday's game between the Buffalo Bills and visiting Pittsburgh Steelers was delayed after a small layer of snow built up on the field -- but the snow wasn't the reason for the delay. From BuffaloNews.com:

Traction didn't seem to be a problem, at least from the press box, but the Bills sent two large tractors onto the field to remove the snow at halftime. The large brush attachments took care of the snow, but also took massive amounts of rubber turf pellets off the field, which caused a delay before the second half kickoff.

The pellets help soften the artificial turf, so the tractors ended up doing more harm than good -- and the game was postponed until the mounds of pellets were removed from the field of play.