Vikes, Cards get blackout extension

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The NFL has given the Minnesota
Vikings and the Arizona Cardinals extensions to sell more tickets
and avoid local TV blackouts of their playoff games this weekend.

Arizona hosts the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday, and the
Philadelphia Eagles play at Minnesota on Sunday.

The Cardinals have until 4:30 p.m. EST Thursday to sell their
remaining 5,600 tickets.

As of midday Wednesday, the Vikings had 11,000 tickets to sell
by 4:30 p.m. EST Friday to satisfy the league's sellout
requirements and ensure the game will be broadcast. Help from the
Fox affiliate and corporate sponsors is possible.

The Vikings haven't been blacked out since 1997.

The Eagles are encouraging their fans to take advantage of the
supply and travel to the game.