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Saints-Buccaneers resumes after weather delay

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Saints-Buccaneers resumes after weather delay
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Football fans reacts to a weather delay as rain and lightning halt an NFL football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Play has resumed in the New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers game after a 69-minute delay because of lightning.

The game was stopped with 10:30 remaining in the first quarter after Garrett Hartley kicked a 44-yard field goal to give the Saints a 3-0 lead and the ensuing kickoff resulted in a touchback.

Heavy rain, thunder and lightning sent fans scurrying for cover at Raymond James Stadium.

The teams jogged off the field after game officials huddled and made the decision to suspend play.

Once players and coaches were given the OK to return to the field, the teams were given 10 minutes to warm up.

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