Midway through the first quarter of yesterday's
AFC Championship Game — which saw the Denver Broncos
defeat the New England Patriots 26-16, sending Denver to its seventh Super Bowl — KKTV's
signal froze for about five minutes. Not only were hundreds of thousands of people forced to stare at Tom Brady, but the Broncos were driving (and eventually kicked a field goal to open the scoring).
"There's probably 30 computers that are all online that make the signal get to the airwaves," explained
general manager Nick Matesi
to the Gazette
. "One of them crashed and there was no way to go around it."
This sent people, including yours truly, into paroxysms of panic, which KKTV tried to soothe with a Facebook post
. Naturally, this just gave everybody a place to freak out, and what follows are some of our favorites from among the 320 comments.