- Associated Press - Monday, December 27, 2010

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - On a bizarre day when the Philadelphia Eagles were snowed out, they celebrated an NFC East championship.

The NFL moved the Vikings at Eagles game from Sunday night to Tuesday because of a blizzard that dumped about a foot of snow on Philadelphia.

The game _ the first on a Tuesday since 1946 _ will be played at 8 p.m. EST., and televised nationally by NBC.

Sidelined by the storm, the Eagles went home and watched the Green Bay Packers beat the New York Giants 45-17. That gave Philadelphia its first division title since 2006 and sixth in 12 seasons under coach Andy Reid.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter declared a snow emergency as of 2 p.m. EST Sunday.

“We are urging all Philadelphians, please be careful, please be safe,” the mayor told reporters in a news conference at City Hall on Sunday morning.

The decision to postpone the game came shortly after noon _ before there was any snow accumulation in Philadelphia.

In announcing the postponement, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said:

“Due to public safety concerns in light of today’s snow emergency in Philadelphia, tonight’s Vikings-Eagles game has been postponed. 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 postponement did not sit well with Gov. Ed Rendell, who told KYW-TV he did “not at all” agree with the decision.

“This is football; football’s played in bad weather,” Rendell said. “I think the fans would have gotten there, the subways work and the major arteries are still open, and other fans would have stayed home _ but you play football regardless of the weather.”

The governor, who does football commentaries after Eagles games, also said the decision would be a “serious handicap” for the Eagles and was unfair to the team.

“I, for one, was looking forward to sitting in the stands throughout the snow and seeing an old-time football game,” Rendell said.

Asked what Vince Lombardi would say about the decision, Rendell said “he’d be mocking us.”

Reid agreed with the league’s decision.

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