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CBS explains dropped coverage of Chiefs-Jaguars game that left KC fans fuming

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While happy with the outcome of the Chiefs 40-26 win Sunday at Jacksonville, fans were still miffed.

Coverage of the game on CBS was supposed to return from a commercial break about halfway through the fourth quarter and the Chiefs leading 37-19. Instead, James Brown of CBS Sports said the network was taking viewers in Kansas City to a more competitive game: the Browns-Titans contest.

After the Browns-Titans game turned out to be a dud, Chiefs fans were shown the Jets-Bills game.

So, Chiefs fans watching on KCTV-5 were out of luck. And furious.

Brown later blamed the switch on a “production truck losing power” in Jacksonville. Announcer Jim Nantz, who was calling the Tennessee game, said: “I know there have been a couple of technical issues with satellite problems” in Jacksonville.

CBS later provided an official explanation.

“Due to a power outage during the Kansas City-Jacksonville game, viewers were switched to the Tennessee-Cleveland game and then to the Buffalo–New York Jets game,” Jennifer Sabatelle, senior vice president of communications for CBS, wrote in an email. “We regret that we were unable to return the audience to their scheduled game before power was restored.”

Kansas City Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder describes the injury wide receiver Tyreek Hill sustained in the team's 40-26 defeat over the Jaguars Sunday in Jacksonville.

Networks aren’t supposed to leave a local team’s game, and the outage wasn’t just on KCTV-5. National viewers who were watching the Chiefs’ game also were switched to a different game. The NFL Network’s Red Zone Channel lost coverage of the game as well.

While continuing to apologize to viewers, Brown provided updated scoring plays and the Jaguars’ unsuccessful onside kick over the final minutes of the game.

Chiefs fans were steamed.

Kansas City Chiefs' quarterback Patrick Mahomes talked about wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill and his sprained ankle during a post-game press conference after the team defeated the Jaguars 40-26 Sunday in Jacksonville.

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