The Metrodome collapse has now come and gone. While they work to repair the Metrodome collapse in time for next week, this week’s game can finally proceed in Detroit. The Giants and Vikings have already gone through a lot before they could even take the field. For the Giants, they couldn’t even get into Minnesota before yesterday’s events, and the Vikings barely had a distraction from the Brett Favre issue. But now they must put the Metrodome collapse aside for a bizarre but highly important game ahead tonight.
Technically, things are going according to the regularly scheduled backup plan. The Vikings-Giants game was rescheduled for Monday night, and they are going to play at that time. The only difference is that they have to face each other in Ford Field now.
The distraction of the Metrodome collapse was high yesterday, but both teams must put it aside. Of course, the Giants still hope the Vikings can’t forget about it, especially after what happened on the field yesterday.
While the Giants moved on to Detroit, they had to watch the Eagles hold off the Cowboys last night. As such, the Eagles are now 9-4 and have a half-game lead in the NFC East. If New York cannot defeat Minnesota, next week’s showdown with Philadelphia could be an elimination game in the division.
The Metrodome collapse is a big deal, but for the Giants, it pales in comparison to avoiding another late-season collapse of their own. If they lose to the Vikings, then lose to the Eagles, they will have lost the NFC East. They would then be two games down with two to go, and will have lost the tiebreaker to the Eagles already.
If that happens, the Giants then have to win a wild card spot in a competitive race with the NFC South and North runners-up. But if they defeat the Vikings, they still have a shot at the NFC East crown, even if they lose to the Eagles next week. Yet taking the division will be more difficult if they don’t win their next two games.
New York has to hope that Minnesota will not be at their best, since they have nothing to play for. For the Vikings, the Metrodome collapse is a relatively mild soap opera, compared to all they’ve dealt with already this season. In fact, this only provided a temporary distraction in between Brett Favre questions.
That issue will take center stage again today, as the Vikings-Giants game eventually becomes about football again. It could be a historic night if Favre doesn’t play, to say nothing of the other extraordinary circumstances. But it could also impact the NFC playoff chase way or the other.
As the Metrodome is laid silent, the Giants and Vikings will try to avoid their own collapse at 7:20 p.m. est in Ford Ford.
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