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CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. — The Pittsburgh Steelers arrived at Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga, New York on Jan. 14 in advance of their AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Buffalo Bills.

The Steelers’ arrival was delayed by just over 24 hours after a state of emergency in New York forced the game to be rescheduled from 1 p.m. on Sunday to 4:30 p.m. on Monday.

The Steelers were originally slated to travel at 3 p.m. on Saturday, but that was delayed by just over 24 hours by the game’s postponement and the enacting of a travel ban in Erie County, New York, which closed the Buffalo airport.

The travel ban remains in effect, but some shorter flights have been landing in Buffalo throughout the day. New York governor Kathy Hochul said that city, state and county authorities combined effort to make sure the Steelers would be able to arrive in Buffalo and get to their team hotel on Sunday night. The Steelers had a snow plow and police escort to their downtown Buffalo hotel.

New York governor Kathy Hochul announced on Sunday that the game will not be postponed again, and will be played as currently scheduled at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

“No, the game will not be pushed back again,” Hochul said. “I’ve spoken to the commissioner of the NFL several times today. I’ve spoken to the owner of the Buffalo Bills about their preparations. There are volunteers who have walked to the stadium who are helping clean it out. I would think by daylight hours tomorrow, it’ll be safe for people to drive there and bring there shovels. We have up until the fans start coming into the stadium late in the afternoon. If it was a morning game, it would be a little tougher.”


From Steelers Now photographer Ed Thompson.