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Are you ready for some Tuesday night football?

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 could dump more than a foot of snow on Philadelphia.

The game – the first on a Tuesday since 1946 – will be played at 5 p.m. (PST), and televised by NBC (tape delayed locally until 8 p.m.).

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.

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

The postponement did not sit well with Gov. Ed Rendell, who said 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.”

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

This will be the 23rd NFL game played on a Tuesday. The New York Giants beat the Boston Yanks, 17-0, on Oct. 1, 1946, in the last one.

SINGLETARY FIRED

Mike Singletary was fired by the San Francisco 49ers after two disappointing seasons.

The team made the announcement late Sunday, several hours after San Francisco was eliminated from playoff contention with a 25-17 loss at St. Louis.

Defensive line coach Jim Tomsula has been elevated to interim coach for Sunday’s season finale against Arizona.

San Francisco began the year with high hopes of winning the West and reaching the postseason for the first time since 2002. Singletary finished with an 18-22 record in two-plus seasons.

“One of the greatest experiences of my life was having the opportunity to coach the San Francisco 49ers,” Singletary said in a statement. “What made it so special were the players. I wish the 49ers nothing but the best.”

INJURY UPDATE

Noteworthy injuries Sunday:

 • Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey left the game against Houston with a right ankle injury.

 • San Diego running back Mike Tolbert sprained his neck and shoulder on a scary hit against the Cincinnati Bengals, but is expected to fully recover.

Tolbert put his head down and ran into the chest of safety Reggie Nelson during the first quarter of a 34-20 loss.

 • Lions receiver Calvin Johnson sat out the fourth quarter against Miami after aggravating an ankle injury.

EXTRA POINTS

Baltimore Ravens rookie linebacker Sergio Kindle was arrested early Sunday on drunken driving charges, court records show. Kindle, a second-round draft pick, hasn’t suited up for the Ravens this season. The former University of Texas star fractured his skull after falling down two flights of stairs in late July at a friend’s house in Austin, Texas. Bill Lester, the executive director of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, disputed a report by ESPN that his organization is assessing the viability of the Vikings playing the 2011 season outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus. Wins by Cincinnati and Denver clinched the No. 1 overall pick for the Carolina Panthers (2-13). The only other time the Panthers have had the No. 1 pick (1995), they traded it away for more picks. Carolina traded the No. 1 pick that year to Cincinnati, which picked Penn State running back Ki-Jana Carter. The Panthers used the picks from Cincinnati to draft Penn State quarterback Kerry Collins with the No. 5 overall pick and LSU defensive end Shawn King with the fourth pick of the second round.

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