Punishing winter storm postpones Vikings-Eagles

Published 4:05 pm Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A fierce winter storm hit the Vikings-Eagles game like a blitzing linebacker, forcing a postponement in Philadelphia that upset Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and disrupted travel plans elsewhere in sports.

But, most games went on.

The New York Jets were forced to spend the night in Chicago, where they could mull their 38-34 loss to the Bears. The New England Patriots routed the Bills 34-3 in Buffalo, but victory came at a cost. They were unable to travel home immediately afterward. And the New York Giants returned to their team hotel in Appleton, Wis., after a 45-17 loss to Green Bay. The NFL shifted the Vikings-Eagles game from Sunday night to Tuesday night because of the storm that dumped about a foot of snow on Philadelphia. The game — the first in the NFL on a Tuesday since 1946 — will be played at 8 p.m. EST, and televised nationally by NBC.

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“We’re OK with it,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “We’re organized and prepared for this, and we completely support what the league did from a safety standpoint for everybody.”