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Raiders-Bills Thriller: NFL Cuts Away With 27 Seconds Left In Best Game Of Weekend

The Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills played arguably the most entertaining game of week two on Sunday. The game featured five lead changes in the fourth quarter as the teams combined for 35 points on five touchdowns. Although it was a heartbreaking loss for Raiders fans and an exhilarating win for Bills fans, for some fans it was bitter disappointment thanks to the NFL's sometimes arcane broadcast rules.


The NFL has numerous agreements in place with the networks when it comes to broadcasting games and it often requires stations in certain markets to switch over to the next game on the schedule. For fans in Los Angeles and some other areas, that means leaving the Raiders-Bills thriller with 27 seconds left and the Bills trailing 35-31 and driving deep in Raiders territory. The folks at Deadspin have reader-submitted video of the switch on one man's television. I'm amazed he didn't throw something at the television. I guess that's the NFL's way of convincing people to either get NFL Red Zone, get DirecTV's Sunday Ticket, or move.