Posted September 05, 2013

Weather delays Ravens-Broncos season opener; Twitter reacts

Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos
Ominous weather forced the NFL's kickoff game to be delayed.

Ominous weather forced the NFL’s kickoff game to be delayed. (Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Mere moments before the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos were to kick off the 2013 NFL season, a rogue storm forced a short delay due to the threat of lightning.

NBC’s Al Michaels announced initially that the game’s kickoff would be pushed back from 8:40 p.m. ET to 8:55. That estimate turned out to be inaccurate — the teams did not arrive back on the field until approximately 9:05 (with the Ravens milking a couple extra minutes in the locker room) with kickoff occurring at 9:12. (Worth noting that it started pouring immediately after the game started.)

Per ESPN Stats & Info, the weather delay lasted 34 minutes — the exact same amount of time Super Bowl XLVII was delayed by a blackout. (If you missed it, former Raven Ray Lewis believes that delay was no accident.)

The holdup left plenty of time for people to complain about the wait via Twitter … and it did not escape most that this game would have been in Baltimore, where the weather was near perfect on Thursday night, had it not been for a scheduling conflict with the Orioles.