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Giant American flag rips at Buffalo during national anthem

Frank Schwab
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It's windy for a few games around the NFL on Sunday, and that was presumably the cause of a large American flag being torn almost in half during the national anthem.

The flag was spread across the field for the national anthem, which isn't unusual before NFL games, and it was being done as part of the NFL's Salute to Service program according to the Associated Press. Gov. Andrew Cuomo met with members of the New York National Guard before the game.

There's strong wind in Buffalo today, and it appeared that's what caused the bottom five stripes to rip away from the rest of the 100-yard flag. That couldn't have made the players feel very good about the playing conditions (h/t to Deadspin for the photo).

In the first quarter, Jets kicker Nick Folk missed a field goal that did about a 90-degree turn to the right in midair and missed wide of the goal post.

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