11 Sep Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans play out longest-ever NFL game
Two lightening delays on Sunday 9 September lead to the longest NFL game game since the 1970 merger.
The Miami Dolphins beat Tennessee Titans 27-20 in a clash that lasted seven hours and eight minutes. The previous record was five hours and 16 minutes in a contest between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens back in November 2013.
With 1:11 remaining in the first half, the game was suspended because of adverse weather conditions. Lightening strikes near the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami lead to a delay of one hour and 57 minutes.
Both sides played out the final minute of the second quarter, but only took a three-and-a-half minute long halftime break. 43 minutes after restarting, there was another in the third quarter with 6.47 left on the clock.
The second break meant the match didn’t restart for another 2 hours and 2 minutes. In total, there were three hours and 59 minutes worth of delays, adding to three hours and 11 minutes worth of playing times.
Speaking on the oddly historic feat, Miami wide receiver Jakeem Grant described what it was like playing in such conditions. “I have never ever seen anything like that in my life. We told each other, ‘Whoever comes out with the most energy after this delay is going to win the game.’ I felt like we had more energy than they had.”
Watch highlights of the longest NFL game between the Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans below: