It happened with 5:32 remaining in the second quarter and the Giants leading 9-3. The cat caused a delay of about two minutes before it ran off back into the tunnel.
The entire scene was captured on the ESPN broadcast:
The announcers couldn’t control their laughter when they were watching replays of the cat scurrying about. ESPN’s Joe Tessitore even did a play-by-play of the cat’s journey onto the field. The delay lasted for about two minutes. Play immediately resumed once the cat went off the field of play and back into the bowels of the stadium. It is unsure if the feline has been retrieved.
Westwood One Sports broadcaster Kevin Harlan painted a descriptive and hilarious picture of the action over the radio.
It comes after what’s already been a bizarre week for the professional football teams in New York City, especially the Jets.
Giants team reporter Madelyn Burke did some digging about the cat problem at Met Life Stadium. According to building security, there are stray cats that live on the premises. The one that escaped out onto the field “must have gotten startled out by a fan noise,” Burke tweeted.
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Is Met Life Stadium Haunted?
Sam Darnold certainly thinks so. Two weeks ago, Darnold admitted he was “seeing ghosts” during a 33-0 loss to the New England Patriots. The comment was picked up by the NFL films microphones and used on the ESPN Monday Night Football broadcast. Darnold threw four interceptions and lost a fumble in the disastrous loss.
Met Life has been a house of horrors for the Giants this season as well. Big Blue is just 1-4 at home this season entering Monday night’s matchup against the Cowboys.
This is not the first time a cat has disrupted a professional sporting event. The most notable being in 1969, after a black cat ran in front of the Chicago Cubs‘ dugout. The Cubs were in first-place all season but collapsed after encountering the critter, missing the playoffs entirely.
With two outs and the bases loaded in the sixth inning, the feline scurried around the center field before finally being retrieved by stadium personnel. But the cat didn’t go down without a fight, viciously scratching the stadium official who was tasked with escorting it off the field. On the next pitch, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina hit a grand slam, making the moment even more dramatic.
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