Michael Robinson made the four-hour drive from Winchester, Va., to Philadelphia on Sunday to catch the game between the Eagles and the Vikings.
But as snow blanketed the city, prompting the NFL to postpone the game to Tuesday, Robinson found himself not at Lincoln Financial Field but in Fado Irish Pub at 15th and Locust, downing beers with his girlfriend, Kelli Hughes.
"It's too cold to do anything else," said Robinson, still wearing his Eagles jersey.
Philly football fans met the news of the cancellation with a mix of disappointment and understanding at sports bars around the city.
Dave Kime of Philadelphia had been excited to attend the game in a snowstorm but acknowledged he didn't think the game should be played in such high winds.
"I'd rather see the game played how it should be played," Kime said at the Field House sports bar near Reading Terminal Market.
But his friend Nick Dye asked who would want to see a football game on Tuesday night.
"People have to work the next day," he said, adding: "I think the people of Philadelphia are grossly disappointed."
The postponement has left people with tickets they won't be able to use.
Consider Michael and Katheryn Fry, who drove up from Washington to see the game but who said they would not be able to attend Tuesday because of work.
Ben Honig of Center City said he was trying to sell tickets for his friends from New York, who had planned to go to the Sunday game but who can't make it later in the week.
"They should have played," Honig said at the Fox and Hound sports bar at 15th and Spruce.
The postponement has a silver lining for fans like John Harrison of Philadelphia, who wanted to go to the game but couldn't get tickets.
"Maybe we'll be able to get tickets now," he said.
South Philadelphia resident Matthew Golden, who came to watch the game at Con Murphy's on the Parkway, said he at first thought the decision to postpone was terrible but had since changed his mind.
"People wouldn't be safe going to and from the game," he said.
"With the roads the way they are, it's not safe," Joseph Brown said.
The postponement also disappointed the staff of sports bars that had counted on large crowds.
Nate Schlitzer, a manager at the Field House, said the crowd there was about one-third what it otherwise would have been. Normally, he said, an Eagles game would mean standing room only at the bar and every table full.
He said he expected a smaller than normal game-day crowd Tuesday, adding: "It's better to have the game on Sunday because more people are off work."
Ritchie Orth, who went from Manayunk to the Field House to watch the game, agreed. "I think if the Eagles played today, there would be a little more excitement around here," he said.