Forget that the 5-9 Minnesota Vikings were pretty terrible even before Brett Favre began showing his age and before star running back Adrian Peterson banged up his leg.
Forget that the 10-4 Philadelphia Eagles have been one of the most dominant teams all year, have already clinched a playoff spot and are Las Vegas' two-touchdown favorite in the game.
Forget that the Green Bay Packers have already handed the Eagles their division title by pummeling the New York Giants for them.
This game will be historic no matter what. Why? Well, because pro football hasn't been played on a Tuesday in more than six decades.
That probably won't be enough to buoy the spirits of Vikings fans, who not only have lost all hope of postseason action, but who also temporarily lost their stadium earlier this month when the roof of the Metrodome collapsed under the weight of snow.
Expect no redux this week, because Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field is outdoors - which seems, at least to this humble fan, like a better place to play football anyway.
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell seemed to concur when he slammed the NFL on Sunday night for postponing the game, originally scheduled for Sunday. Citing public safety, the league rescheduled the matchup after PhiladelphiaÂ Mayor Michael Nutter declared a snow emergency. But as Rendell emphatically pointed out, the snow didn't fall quite as heavily as predicted.
"I think the fans can make their own judgments about their own safety. This is football. Good lord, Vince Lombardi would be spinning in his grave if we canceled a football game over this amount of snow," he said, according to philly.com.
Rendell got into a little tussle with a weatherman over the exact amount of white stuff that fell on eastern Pennsylvania and went on to explain that all the major highways and the subway system were operating without incident.
"I think football is a cold-weather sport. It should be played unless there are blizzard conditions. This is in no way, shape or form a blizzard," he continued.
Of course, Rendell is a rabid Eagles fan - so dedicated, in fact, that in 1989 he paid an Eagles fan in the stands to hurl a snowball onto the field during a game against the archrival Dallas Cowboys. Several similarly classy fans followed suit.
This is one of a series of incidents which make observers question whetherÂ Philadelphia's moniker "City of Brotherly Love" extends to its local sports fans (at least since 1968, when the fans also chucked snowballs at Santa Claus).
So, with that context in mind, decide for yourself if Rendell is really upset about the weather, or if he is more concerned that the Eagles will now have only five days to rest before playing host to the lame-duck Cowboys, who have nothing to lose but plenty to steal: With a win, Dallas could dash Philly's chance for a first-round bye in the playoffs.