The air quality shouldn’t be a factor for Seahawks vs. Patriots


It looks like the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots won’t be battling a third foe on Sunday Night Football.

The last few weeks, wildfires up and down the West Coast have impacted sports play, both in terms of moving practices to indoors and rescheduling games to later dates due to the air quality being at an extremely poor level.

According to league regulations, anything above 200 on the AQI (Air Quality Index) is deemed very unhealthy and results in game stoppage.

On Wednesday, the AQI in the Emerald City surpassed the 200 mark and the Seahawks moved their practice to inside the Virginia Mason Athletic Center facility.

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The smoke was being continuously monitored with a huge week two matchup ahead against the Patriots.

Good news for both squads and all who live in the Pacific Northwest, the weather has take a dramatic turn. Rain has fallen and blue skies have returned, and the air quality should no longer be a factor when the Seahawks and Patriots kickoff at 5:20 PM (PT) on Sunday evening.

On Saturday and one day before kickoff, the AQI in Seattle is 6 (‘Good’ on the AQI scale).

Thank goodness.