Fans were asked to leave the stands and take shelter under the Soldier Field concourse as a precaution in the event the stadium was hit with a tornado. The threat of weather-related injury was real, and some fans used alcohol as a coping mechanism -- including one man who elected to run onto the vacated field and be tackled by the stadium staff.
It's unclear what the delay will mean for Sunday's game. Prior to the evacuation both teams leaned on their ground game, choosing to avoid testing the wind with their quarterbacks. Ray Rice was having success against the Bears defense, while Matt Forte averaged 9.0 yards per carry on two attempts.
Staying focused is often the biggest challenge for players following and long delay and it will be interesting to see if the game gets sloppy moving forward.