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Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 12/26/2010

Eagles-Vikings game postponed because of blizzard in Philadelphia

By Cindy Boren

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The Linc, at around 2 p.m. (via SNFonNBC)

The game between the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles tonight has been rescheduled for Tuesday night because of an impending blizzard and snow emergency in Philadelphia.

"Due to public safety concerns in light of today's snow emergency in Philadelphia, tonight's Vikings-Eagles game has been postponed. Because of the uncertainty of the extent of tonight's storm and its aftermath, the game will be played on Tuesday night at 8 p.m.," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement. "This will allow sufficient time to ensure that roads, parking lots and the stadium are fully cleared. The National Weather Service states that a winter storm warning in Philadelphia remains in effect until 1 p.m. on Monday."

The game will be played at 8 p.m. Tuesday, avoiding a broadcasting conflict with ESPN's "Monday Night Football" game between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons and, of course, giving NBC the Eagles-Vikings exclusivity on Tuesday. Games have been moved around before because of weather, usually hurricanes in South Florida.

The moves gives the Eagles a very short week to prepare for the regular-season finale next Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys in Philly. For the Vikings, it gives Brett Favre another day in which to heal from his myriad injuries (most recently, a concussion) and increases the possibility he'd be available to play. The Vikings are out of contention for a playoff berth, but the Eagles can clinch the NFC East with a win.

Of course, the Vikings have had a horrendous December. Two weeks ago, the roof of the Metrodome collapsed and they were forced to play home games in Detroit and outdoors at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium.

"What else can you say?" Jared Allen said of the latest weather problem for the Vikings. "Just add this to the list for the 2010 season."

By Cindy Boren  | December 26, 2010; 12:18 PM ET
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Comments

The NHL is still running tonight in New Jersey, WWE is still running in New York, both with worse forecast traveling conditions than Philadelphia. Do those organizations not care about "fan safety" of people traveling to/from their events or is the NFL just severely overreacting? My belief points to the latter.

Posted by: evwill | December 26, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

"giving ESPN exclusivity", that basically says it all. TV rules, but they are not playing baseball. Football was played in this type weather years ago. Play the game!!!

Posted by: jag523 | December 26, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

The worst of the storm hasn't hit Philly yet...and won't for a bit. Let's see what it's likely at gametime (a luxury the NFL didn't have)..

Posted by: CindyBoren | December 26, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-
Santa Claus

Posted by: ginnyandrick | December 26, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

WFNL.

On Tuesday, play flag football so nobody gets hurt.

Posted by: grunk | December 26, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

NFL/Division 1AA

Posted by: grunk | December 26, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Panzies

Posted by: ccwbambam | December 26, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

No jockstraps.

Panties.

Posted by: grunk | December 26, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

The Vikings must be going, "Really?" We have more snow here in VA and just drove around in it. Philly people pride themselves on being tough, but they obviously can't handle snow.

(Heavy sigh, shaking head)

Posted by: ecglotfelty | December 26, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Postponing the game is ridiculous! I think the city of Philadelphia and the reputation of their fans were both factors. The question of postponing would not have even crossed the minds of the Packers, Bears and Broncos...

Posted by: xyv1027 | December 26, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of overpaid, spoiled union wusses.

Posted by: logicprevails | December 26, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of overpaid, spoiled union wusses.

Posted by: logicprevails | December 26, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

All this wintry schedule juggling has to delight the NFL powers-that-be. I'm sure they'd love to be regularly playing games on the days of the week that are currently off limits... Tuesday, Wednesdays, Fridays...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 26, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

As long as they can get the players and zebras in... 2011 we got video camera. Who really cares about the fans with tickets, weiners can walk home or take the train. They don't need no stinkin cars. The show must go on.

Posted by: WmLaney | December 26, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Are all you bloggers sheep and so easily fooled? This had NOTHING to do with Philadelphia fans!

It has EVERYTHING to do with the new Commissioner Roger Goodell. He is a control freak and will destroy the NFL much like David Stern has ruined the NBA unless something is done about him.

Goodell wants optimum conditions for Vick to put on a show. It will be a bigger audience an Monday Night Football. The question is: what Vegas is going to do with him for this manipulation of the over-under? If he keeps it up he will be “sleeping with the fishes”.

Posted by: question-guy | December 26, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it a kinda unfair disadvantage that the Eagles will have a short week?

Posted by: rusty6 | December 27, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

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