In brief: Winter storm postpones Eagles-Vikings
NFL: A fierce winter storm sacked Sunday’s Vikings-Eagles game like a blitzing linebacker, forcing a postponement in Philadelphia.
The NFL shifted the Vikings-Eagles game from Sunday night to Tuesday night because of an expected blizzard that could dump more than a foot of snow on Philadelphia. The game – the first in the NFL on a Tuesday since 1946 – will be played at 5 p.m. Pacific and televised nationally by NBC.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter declared a snow emergency in the afternoon and urged all Philadelphians to “please be careful. Please be safe.”
Niners fire Singletary
Mike Singletary has been 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 and will run the team in next Sunday’s season finale at home against Arizona.
Singletary replaced fired coach Mike Nolan on an interim basis in 2008 before having the interim tag removed prior to the 2009 season. He went 18-22 during his stint in San Francisco, including 5-10 this season.
Panthers secure No. 1 draft pick
It took a rare Sunday off for the Carolina Panthers to finally win something big this season – the No. 1 overall draft pick.
The NFL-worst Panthers are on the clock for April’s draft and potentially in line to take Stanford star quarterback Andrew Luck after wins by Cincinnati and Denver. That gave the Bengals and Broncos 4-11 records and left the 2-13 Panthers with an insurmountable lead in the race to the bottom of the league with one week left.