The Minnesota Vikings are in the playoffs and playing for the NFC North Division title next Sunday night after beating the New York Giants 49-17 and having their Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers flexed to Sunday night.
The Vikings had to wait a little longer than expected to get into the playoffs, but their game next Sunday at the Green Bay Packers will be for the division. The Packers’ loss on Sunday guaranteed that would happen, but the Vikings still needed to win to clinch a playoff spot.
The Vikings could have clinched a playoff berth with the early slate of games on Sunday if the Carolina Panthers had remained undefeated. Instead, the Atlanta Falcons beat the Panthers 20-13, meaning the Vikings needed the Seattle Seahawks to beat the St. Louis Rams to take the Atlanta Falcons out of the tie-breaker scenarios. That didn’t happen in the late afternoon game.
Instead, the Vikings took care of business on their own with their drubbing of the Giants on Sunday night to get into the playoffs and set up the division title game.
The Packers and Vikings are both 10-5, and with the division title on the line, NBC saw that as the most attractive Week 17 matchup. It will determine the No. 3 seed in the NFC, with the loser either falling to No. 5 or No. 6 seed and having to travel in the first round of the playoffs.