Giants-Vikings Moved to Monday Night
UPDATE: Snow Caves in Metrodome Roof, Leaves Vikings, Giants, NFL Scrambling
The game will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Monday night and be broadcast by FOX only in the two local markets. The timing means that the game will go up against the national Monday Night Football broadcast on ESPN featuring the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans. That game is scheduled for an 8:30 p.m. ET kickoff.
The move was made necessary by a storm that dumped 16.5 inches of snow in Minneapolis, closed the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for a time Saturday, and stranded the Giants in Kansas City when they tried to fly into the Twin Cities for Sunday's game. The team is spending Saturday night in Kansas City, and was planning on trying to get to the stadium in time for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff Sunday.
The team chose to move their normal mid-afternoon flight to earlier in the day Saturday in hopes of beating the storm, but instead were trying to fly in as Minneapolis was being hit with the worst of the storm.
Minneapolis sports radio station KFAN reported on Twitter that the move was made for "a variety of reasons," which apparently include the weight of the new snow on the Metrodome roof.
The delay also could increase the likelihood of Vikings quarterback Brett Favre suiting up and adding to his NFL record for consecutive games started, which currently stands at 297. Favre is listed as questionable after spraining his throwing shoulder and being knocked out of the Vikings' victory over the Buffalo Bills last week, but he has barely practiced all week and missed the team's walk-through on Saturday.