A Christmas weekend blizzard – with high winds and expected to dump over a foot of snow in the Philadelphia area – accomplished something that the NFL defenses have been attempting for weeks now, stop Michael Vick.
The 2010 blizzard forced the NFL to move the game between the Philadelphia Eagles (10-4) and the Minnesota Vikings (5-9) to Tuesday night, the first time an NFL game has played on a Tuesday since 1946.
With Philadelphia in a state of snow emergency, the NFL moved the game for the safety of the public as a foot or more of snow was forecast to fall in the region with high winds that could cause white-out conditions. The snowstorm impacted much of the Northeast, from Philadelphia to Boston.
Meanwhile, the Eagles clinched a spot in the NFC playoffs, earning the NFC East division title as the New York Giants, still reeling from their 38-31 loss to the Eagles a week earlier, fell to the Green Bay Packers 45-17. The Eagles have had an exciting season led by the remarkable turnaround of quarterback Vick as well as the emergence of LeSean McCoy at running back and the continued brilliance (if not cockiness) of wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
For the Vikings, Sunday’s postponement represented the third time the Vikings have had to change plans due to weather. Since their home, the Metrodome collapsed under the weight of snow, the team has played in Detroit, outside in a college stadium under frigid conditions, and now on a Tuesday night, a bizarre cap to a forgettable season.
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