If you're a satellite subscriber or have Verizon's FiOs service and get The NFL Network, you'll get an unique look tonight at the strange happenings in the Buffalo Bills' 23-14 victory over the San Diego Chargers.
At 9:30 tonight, "NFL" Replay on the network will include special NFL Films and local broadcast footage of the game, which was bounced off of CBS for much of the first half because of a power outage.
According to a NFL Network release, the program will include shots of power crews trying to get the problem solved. Mike Periera, the NFL's vice president of officiating, will also explain the protocol that officating crews follows in the situation.
Of course, The NFL Network isn't carried on Time Warner Cable. But then again either is Channel 4, the CBS affiliate that carried the game.
Naturally, the power loss didn't help the game's local ratings, which already were down because Channel 4 isn't on cable. The game averaged a 19.6 rating, which is about half of what it would have been if Channel 4 was on cable. The ratings peaked at 24.6 in the last 15 minutes, meaning 24.6 percent of the area's households were tuned in at the finish.
-- Alan Pergament