The Vikings vs. Eagles matchup scheduled for Sunday evening has been postponed due to a winter storm in the Philadelphia area, the NFL announced today.
The game, which was to air at 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday, will now be played on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.
The league’s announcement was made Sunday afternoon by spokesman Greg Aiello, who cited public safety concerns stemming from the bad weather, which is expected to remain in effect until 1 p.m. ET on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
"Due to public safety concerns in light of today's snow emergency in Philadelphia, tonight's Vikings-Eagles game has been postponed,” Aiello said. “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. This will allow sufficient time to ensure that roads, parking lots and the stadium are fully cleared.”
The league’s decision to move the game to Tuesday avoids creating conflicts with the Monday night game on ESPN, played at 8:30 p.m. ET between the Saints and Falcons.
The game between the Vikings and Eagles—originally scheduled for 1 p.m. ET Sunday but moved to a primetime slot to satisfy the NFL’s flex scheduling—will be televised nationally on NBC.
NBC will not replace the game with another for its Sunday primetime slot, although it has decided to run “Football Night in America” from 7-8:30 p.m. ET, recapping the day’s games and showcasing highlights and analysis.
The postponement doesn’t figure to affect either team very much, though plenty more is at stake for the Eagles than the Vikings.
"We're OK with it," said Eagles head coach Andy Reid, whose team is still in contention for the No. 2 seed in the NFC. "We're organized and prepared for this, and we completely support what the league did from a safety standpoint for everybody.”
To secure a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed, Philadelphia (10-4) needs to win each of its final two games and hope the Chicago Bears (11-4) lose their season finale at Green Bay next week.
Minnesota (5-9) has been eliminated from playoff contention and it appears will play without quarterback Brett Favre, who was listed as doubtful as recently as Friday following his concussion last week.