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Mexico City site of Patriots-Raiders game reportedly 'in good shape' after quake

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Mexico City site of Patriots-Raiders game reportedly 'in good shape' after quake

While a football game should be the furthest thing on people's minds after a natural disaster, the earthquake that measured 7.1 on the Richter scale and struck near Mexico City, killing more than 200, has led to the NFL reviewing whether the Patriots-Raiders game scheduled there for Nov. 19 at Estadio Azteca can take place.

“The initial information from that review is the stadium is remarkably in good shape, and that’s a testament to the construction and the safety devices that were put in place when that stadium was built 50 years ago,” NFL vice president for international Mark Waller told NBCSports.com's Pro Football Talk.  “The stadium is actually built with four gaps in it to allow the stadium to move in the event of an earthquake.”

Social media images showing what some thought was a crack in the stadium actually showed expansion joints that are a safety feature allowing the stadium to withstand an earthquake.

For the second consecutive year, the Raiders are giving up a home game to host a game at the stadium. They defeated the Houston Texans there last season. 

“The Raiders have the people of Mexico City and the surrounding areas in our thoughts and prayers following today’s earthquake,” the Raiders said in a statement. “Mexico City is a special place for the Raider Nation, and the most heartfelt sentiments of the Raiders family go out to all of our Mexican neighbors in this time of need.”

Ryan Shazier at Heinz Field for Patriots-Steelers, crowd goes berserk

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Ryan Shazier at Heinz Field for Patriots-Steelers, crowd goes berserk

When the Steelers defense took the field on Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh, they got a little help from their injured teammate Ryan Shazier. 

The Steelers linebacker suffered a season-ending back injury against the Bengals in Week 13 and has been on the minds of his co-workers since being carted off the field against the Bengals. After undergoing back surgery a week-and-a-half ago, Shazier was well enough by the time the Patriots came to town to attend the game. 

According to CBS, many teammates didn't know he would be in attendance. Neither did the crowd. But when he was shown on the stadium's video board before New England's first offensive series, they went crazy to show their support. 

The Steelers defense proceeded to allow a six-play touchdown drive, but it will be interesting to hear if Shazier's presence provded them any sort of emotional boost.