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Torrential rain, wind, hail force delay of Browns-Texans game (video)

Jason Owens
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Football usually carries on no matter the weather, but sometimes it’s just too much.

That was the case in Cleveland on Sunday. A violent storm swept through the city just as the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans were set to kick off, forcing the NFL to delay the scheduled 1 p.m. ET kickoff.

Torrential rain, hail and high winds forced players into the locker rooms.

The Browns and Texans had to wait to kick off on Sunday due to inclement weather. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
The Browns and Texans had to wait to kick off on Sunday due to inclement weather. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Downpour drenches Cleveland

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Several reporters from the press box captured video of the downpour, which prompted a shelter-in-place advisory for fans in the stands. The national anthem moved forward.

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Some fans stuck it out — at least through the anthem.

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The storm was short-lived, clearing after a brief delay that pushed kickoff back to 1:39 p.m. And fans fearing dreary weather for the game were instead treated with clear blue skies after the storm abated.

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The wet field appeared to make an impact as both offenses struggled to score in a 10-7 Cleveland win. The Browns secured the win by keeping the ball on the ground in a 231-yard rushing effort. Nick Chubb led the way with 126 yards and the game’s only touchdown.

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