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Heavy snow causes Metrodome collapse, Vikings game moved to Detroit

by Derrick Johnson on December 13, 2010

The roof of the Metrodome collapsed early Sunday morning under the strain of almost 20 inches of snow from a powerful storm that pummeled the midwest. The inflatable roof gave way and dumped its contents onto the playing field, forcing the NFL to move a game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants to Ford Field in Detroit.

The game had already been postponed due to the storm, which forced the Giants to stay an extra day in Kansas City. However, the unexpected collapse left organizers scrambling to find a suitable replacement. There were few options, as the nearby TCF Bank Stadium was blanketed by nearly 2 feet of fresh powder.

The unusual circumstances have created a chaotic few days for the Giants', as they've had to deal with ever-changing plans as a result of the storm. However, coach Tom Coughlin said they're taking it all in stride.

"I think they have handled this very well," he told the associated press. "I think the guys realized right away that it was out of our hands and really out of our control and we fully expected to get into Minnesota and that didn't work."

However, the delay may be good news for embattled Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, who says he would not have started had the game taken place on Sunday. Favre, who has started an NFL-record 297 games in a row, is in danger of missing the game due to a shoulder injury.

Video on Saturday showed the roof already forming a leak, and residents in Minneapolis woke up Sunday to find that the iconic dome was no longer visible. Remarkable footage shot by Fox cameras from inside the Metrodome then showed the roof bulging under the weight of the snow, which it eventually collapsed under.

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