Ravens-Bears game delayed nearly two hours by inclement weather in Chicago

Sunday November 17th, 2013

Storms forced players and fans to leave the field in Chicago Sunday. Storms forced players, fans and media members to seek shelter in Chicago Sunday. (Via @SI_PeterKing)

UPDATE (3:25 p.m. ET): The game has resumed after a nearly two-hour long delay.

UPDATE (2:40 p.m. ET): Perhaps not surprisingly, field conditions reportedly are a "major concern" with the heavy amount of rain that has fallen. Also, the game's start time has been pushed back again, to at least 3:35 p.m. ET.

UPDATE (2:25 p.m. ET): The game has been further delayed. Officials are saying it won't resume until at least 3:25 p.m. ET.

The Baltimore Ravens found themselves dealing with yet another game delay Sunday, this time due to a nasty storm blowing through Chicago. The Ravens' Super Bowl win infamously was delayed by a blackout inside the Super Bowl, and their season-opening game at Denver started late because of a lightning threat.

The Bears and Ravens had played a little more than 10 minutes in the first quarter when game officials opted to clear the stands and send the teams to their locker rooms. Heavy rain and wind quickly began moving through the area in earnest shortly thereafter, as evacuated fans waited in the concourse.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune tweeted that Soldier Field officials even asked media members to move away from the press box's windows, with the worst of the line of storms approaching the area.

The city of Chicago was placed under a tornado warning just before 2 p.m. EST, with tornadoes sighted numerous areas not far from Soldier Field.

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