Per NFL rules, FOX cut away from overtime of the San Francisco 49ers-New Orleans Saints game in Week 10 to show the start of its 4:25 p.m. ET games (either the New York Giants vs. Seattle Seahawks or St. Louis Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals).
According to FOX Sports' Erik Malinowski, the FOX affiliate in San Francisco cut away to show the movie "Basic Instinct."
The move angered many fans who had been watching San Francisco-New Orleans and were expecting to see the outcome. The 49ers ended up winning the game 27-24 on a 35-yard field goal by Phil Dawson with 5:18 remaining in overtime.
"Due to NFL rules" Fox switched overtime of SF-NO to commercials prior to NY-SEA. That rule sucks.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) November 9, 2014
What the hell FOX?! You do realize the other game IS IN OVERTIME.— Josh Maurice (@Josh_Maurice) November 9, 2014
Fox cutting away from overtime football to show the giants seahawks game which hasnt even begun yet... Morons.. I want to see overtime!!— Ryan L. Gallagher (@RyanLGallagher) November 9, 2014
Really wish Fox didn't interrupt that very important overtime game between the 49ers and Saints.— Gino Kane (@GinoKane) November 9, 2014
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