Technical issues delay Patriots-Jets kickoff, affect TV broadcast

New England Patriots fans watching Sunday’s game against the New York Jets on television had to wait a little longer than usual for the game to start and may have noticed something strange during the beginning of the broadcast. The host of “The NFL Today” pregame show , James Brown, announced shortly before the scheduled start time of 1 pm that kickoff between the Patriots and Jets at Gillette Stadium would be delayed until 1:07 pm due to technical issues and that viewers would see “The NFL Today” crew after a commercial break instead of the CBS Sports crew in Foxborough. When returning from a commercial break at 1 pm, Brown announced that the kickoff would be delayed to 1:10 pm due to technical issues. Once the broadcast began, play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan announced that the crew at Gillette Stadium was experiencing power issues. Although Harlan did not state what problems the issues were causing, it appeared that CBS only had one camera angle available — elevated from midfield — du call the Patriots’ and Jets’ opening drives of the game. In addition, no graphics were used aside from the score and game clock bug in the bottom center of the screen and the “NFL on CBS” bug in the top right corner of the screen. The broadcast also did not use instant replays in the opening minutes. CBS went to a commercial break after the Patriots received a Jets punt with 11:40 remaining in the first quarter. After that break, it appeared that CBS had full use of its graphics and instant replays. Shortly after coming back from that break, game analyst Trent Green commented that he was unsure if the crew was able to use instant replay when it was unclear if Patriots wide receiver Tyquan Thornton had dropped a pass for an incompletion or fumbled the ball, which had been scooped up by Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner on the play and returned it to New England’s 1-yard line. The play was ruled an incomplete pass on the field.

New England Patriots fans watching Sunday’s game against the New York Jets on television had to wait a little longer than usual for the game to start and may have noticed something strange during the beginning of the broadcast.

The host of “The NFL Today” pregame show, James Brown, announced shortly before the scheduled start time of 1 pm that kickoff between the Patriots and Jets at Gillette Stadium would be delayed until 1:07 pm due to technical issues and that viewers would see “The NFL Today” crew after a commercial break instead of the CBS Sports crew in Foxborough.

When returning from a commercial break at 1 pm, Brown announced that the kickoff would be delayed to 1:10 pm due to technical issues.

Once the broadcast began, play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan announced that the crew at Gillette Stadium was experiencing power issues.

Although Harlan did not state what problems the issues were causing, it appeared that CBS only had one camera angle available — elevated from midfield — during the Patriots’ and Jets’ opening drives of the game.

In addition, no graphics were used aside from the score and game clock bug in the bottom center of the screen and the “NFL on CBS” bug in the top right corner of the screen. The broadcast also did not use instant replays in the opening minutes.

CBS went to a commercial break after the Patriots received a Jets punt with 11:40 remaining in the first quarter. After that break, it appeared that CBS had full use of its graphics and instant replays.

Shortly after coming back from that break, game analyst Trent Green commented that he was unsure if the crew was able to use instant replay when it was unclear if Patriots wide receiver Tyquan Thornton had dropped a pass for an incompletion or fumbled the ball, which had been scooped up by Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner on the play and returned it to New England’s 1-yard line. The play was ruled an incomplete pass on the field.

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