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Football Fans Are Upset With The NFL's 'Snow Game' Decision

Buffalo Bills stadium

Buffalo Bills stadium

After a few days of speculation, the NFL has announced a decision about the status of Sunday's matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns.

With an epic snowstorm forecast to hit Buffalo in the coming days, the league has moved the matchup from Buffalo to Detroit. The Bills and Browns will face off at Ford Field, home of the Lions, at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

The decision makes sense. With a "lake effect snow warning" having been issued by the National Weather Service for Buffalo and forecasts calling for three to six feet of accumulation, getting the Browns to Highmark Stadium would have been a logistical nightmare. 

Plus, if the Browns couldn't travel to Buffalo, the Bills likely wouldn't be able to travel out if the league waited until Friday or Saturday to move the game.

This way, the Bills will play two games at Ford Field in five days, as they are scheduled to face the Lions on Thanksgiving.

All that said, NFL fans are sad they won't be able to watch a "snow game" on Sunday.

All week, social media had been abuzz with excitement about what a game played with multiple feet of snow on the ground might look like — with some even joking that the teams' running backs could get lost in the powder.

"Football, and the NFL in particular is made for TV," one fan tweeted. "NOBODY turns the channel off of snow games. The No Fun League strikes again."

"Snow game or No game, that's what I say," wrote another.

Had the matchup been played in Buffalo, there's no guarantee the snow would have played a factor. Forecasts are calling for the snow to stop falling by Saturday, which would have allowed ample time to clear the field.

The reason for the relocation is travel. The National Weather Service cautions that "travel will be very difficult to impossible."

With eight weeks left in the regular season, hopefully NFL fans will still get to watch a few snow games. 

More importantly, hopefully the people of Buffalo stay safe amid the incoming winter weather.