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Pittsburgh Steelers vs Kansas City Chiefs: Game moved to Sunday night due to weather

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The Sports Xchange
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked for a lost of 8 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in Pittsburgh on October 2, 2016. The Steelers travel to Kansas City for the AFC divisional playoff game on Sunday. Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked for a lost of 8 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in Pittsburgh on October 2, 2016. The Steelers travel to Kansas City for the AFC divisional playoff game on Sunday. Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI | License Photo

The NFL decided Friday to delay the kickoff time of Sunday's AFC divisional playoff game in Kansas City between the Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers from 1:05 p.m. ET to 8:20 p.m. because of an impending ice storm.

"Due to public safety concerns in light of the forecasted storm this weekend in the Kansas City area, Sunday's Steelers-Chiefs Divisional Playoff game on NBC has been moved," the NFL said in a statement.

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"Moving the game from the original start time will provide local authorities more time to clear roads in the area as the weather is expected to improve throughout Sunday. The decision to make this time change was made in consultation with state and local officials as well as the Chiefs and the Steelers."

The National Weather Service issued an ice storm warning for the Kansas City area through Sunday evening, warning of a "dangerous and potentially crippling" situation with up to three-quarters of an inch of ice accumulating as the storm intensifies Saturday night, according to the Kansas City Star. The forecast for Sunday calls for warming temperatures and a change from freezing rain to rain later.

Preparations also are being made inside Arrowhead Stadium to keep the walkways, aisles and stairs clear of ice, according to the newspaper.

The Green Bay Packers-Dallas Cowboys game on FOX will still be played at 4:40 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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