NFC North: NY Giants diverted

Kickoff is Monday at 8 p.m. ET

December, 11, 2010
Just for those who are asking: FOX-9 in the Twin Cities has announced it will televise Monday night's game between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants. Kickoff has been scheduled for 8 p.m. ET, according to the station.

We don't know exactly what markets the broadcast will reach, but it will be televised in at least the home markets of the Vikings and Giants.

The Vikings announced the game was delayed by the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, which operates the Metrodome, because of "unsafe conditions related to the Metrodome roof." The Vikings and the Commission have been feuding for years, so expect this episode to make its way into the Vikings' push for a new stadium.

Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune is reporting that stadium operators pulled seven workers from the roof late Saturday night as they were removing snow because of wind speeds.

Packers-Lions will be broadcast in Twin Cities market in place of Vikings-Giants on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Fortune shines on Brett Favre's shoulder

December, 11, 2010

I'm not sure if 31 or so hours will make a difference, but Brett Favre will now have another full day to rest his sprained SC joint before testing it out to determine whether or not he can continue his 297-game streak of consecutive starts.

The NFL just announced that the Minnesota Vikings' game against the New York Giants has been pushed back to Monday night. We don't immediately have details on time and television. The Vikings will now have two consecutive Monday night games; they'll play the Chicago Bears on Dec. 20.

As you know, the Giants are stranded Saturday night in Kansas City and were planning to fly to the Twin Cities first thing Sunday morning. That made for a tight schedule regardless, but my understanding is that the condition of the Metrodome roof was also a cause for the delay.

Typically, Metrodome operators use heaters to melt snow accumulation on the roof to prevent collapse. The amount of snow received Saturday, as well as high winds expected Saturday night, made that task difficult to complete. The NFL noted that "Metrodome officials" recommended a pushback of game time.

The upshot is that Favre gets more time to rest an injury he said has left him "more indecisive' than he has ever been about continuing his streak. You've got to love it.
As of Saturday evening, the NFL was still planning to maintain its original 1 p.m. ET kickoff for Sunday's game between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants. But via Twitter, league spokesman Greg Aiello said a final scheduling decision had not been made.

As you know, a blizzard has dropped more than a foot of snow on the Twin Cities and forced a rare closing of Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. The Giants were diverted to Kansas City and are spending the night there with plans for a 7 a.m. ET wakeup call Sunday. Their charter flight is scheduled to depart at 9 a.m. ET. If all goes well, the Giants would arrive in Minnesota about three hours before game time.

That's a pretty tight schedule, especially considering that Hennepin County (Minn.) pulled its snowplows from the roads earlier Saturday because of impassable conditions. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is advising against any sort of travel Saturday night in what are expected to be whiteout conditions.

The National Weather Service has extended its winter storm warning through 7 a.m. ET Sunday morning. I realize that changing an NFL game time is a big deal and requires huge logistical shifts. But if you're planning to attend Sunday's game, make sure you check and recheck the news before you leave. The kickoff time remains a very fluid situation.

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AP Photo/Ann HeisenfeltA midwest snowstorm forced the Giants' team plane to be diverted to Kansas City after a blizzard shut down the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.
Those of you who live in, or anywhere near, the Twin Cities won't be surprised by this: The New York Giants' team plane was diverted to Kansas City on Saturday afternoon after a blizzard shut down the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon posted on his Twitter page that the Giants plan to hold their Saturday walk-through at the Kansas City airport.

As of now, the NFL hasn't changed the schedule for Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff between the Giants and the Minnesota Vikings. We'll keep you updated if anything changes.

As for me, I'll be heading outside soon for Round 2 with the driveway.

*Update: An NFL official told ESPN's Ed Werder that there are no plans to change Sunday's kickoff time, even if the Giants don't arrive in Minnesota until Sunday morning. Those plans could obviously change, but that's where it stands at the moment. For what it's worth, all Delta Airlines service in and of the Twin Cities has been canceled for the rest of the day. The Giants are flying a Continental Airlines charter.

*Update II: Hanlon reports the Giants will spend the night in Kansas City. I presume they'll make it to the Twin Cities by Sunday morning. It's hard to believe the kickoff won't be pushed back, but at this point there is no word from the NFL.