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Saturday, December 11, 2010
New York Giants make an unplanned stop

By Matt Mosley

The New York Giants left Newark, N.J., this morning three and a half hours earlier than normal in an attempt to avoid a blizzard in Minneapolis. Apparently they didn't leave early enough, though, because the flight was diverted to Kansas City, where the team is now hanging out in an airport terminal.

A Giants team official confirmed to me that the league is still planning for the game against the Minnesota Vikings to begin at 1 p.m. ET. As of 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, the Giants had not yet made reservations for a hotel in Kansas City and were hoping to catch a flight to Minneapolis this afternoon or evening.

A restaurant in the Kansas City airport offered to make the team barbecue sandwiches (Kansas City's known for its BBQ), so players were still in good spirits. As of now, there will not be a walk-through practice held in the airport. But knowing Tom Coughlin, that could change in a hurry.

We'll continue to provide Giants travel updates on the Beast.

Update: Giants defensive end Justin Tuck just told me via cell phone that the team will likely stay in Kansas City tonight and then try to get out early Sunday morning. He also wanted to plug a Kansas City-based restaurant called In-A-Tub that specializes in tacos. He and several defensive players bypassed the barbecue sandwiches in favor of tacos.

"I bet we end up having a walk-through in one of the hangars," said Tuck.

Update II: The Giants are officially staying the night in Kansas City. They'll make the one-hour flight Sunday morning and play at 1 p.m. ET, as of now.