Metrodome roof collapses (VIDEO)

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A powerful storm dumps mounds of snow across the upper Midwest, closing highways, canceling flights and collapsing the roof of the Minnesota Vikings' stadium. The N.Y. Giants-Minnesota Vikings game will be played in Detroit Monday.

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Monday, December 13, 2010; 3:11 PM

The roof of the Metrodome collapsed Sunday morning after snows blanketed Minneapolis. As the Capital Weather Gang explained:

Nearly a foot and a half of snow fell in Minneapolis Saturday, causing the roof of the Metrodome to collapse. The blizzard's crippling snow and wind made for difficult to impossible travel in much of southern Minnesota, western Wisconsin and parts of the Dakotas.

As Cindy Boren reported this has forced the Giants-Vikings game to be moved to Detriot:

The collapse of the Metrodome roof begins with a few small tears that allow snow to drift down to the stands and field. It builds to a terrifying roar and a deluge of snow onto the field. Fox has video of the collapse (above) and it's amazing, and sobering when you imagine what would have happened had the place been filled with fans. The sound alone would have caused mass panic.

The Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants will play Monday night at Ford Field in Detroit. Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. EST, according to NFL Network and ESPN reports. The game will be televised in Minnesota and New York; elsewhere, it'll be televised to DirecTV Sunday Ticket subscribers.

The game's delay has only mounted speculation as to the status of injured Vikings quarterback, Brett Favre, currently listed as doubtful. As Early Lead explained:

Fans lined up in Detroit very, very early this morning to get free tickets to an impromptu NFL game between the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings tonight and by late morning the giveaway at the Ford Field box office was over.

The big question involving the game tonight concerns Vikings quarterback Brett Favre and whether he will be able to make his NFL record 298th consecutive start. As usual with Favre, there's plenty of drama and uncertainty about whether his injured shoulder will let him play. Listed as doubtful (which means 50-50), he texted an ESPN reporter that he would not have been able to play Sunday. Asked about Favre's status now, Vikings Coach Leslie Frazier texted ESPN's Adam Schefter:

"Doubtful but sometimes you never know with him."

Frazier told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune in a text message that there's a chance Favre could play "because he's Brett, but he still has pain. We will see."

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