Packers Loss Opens Door For Vikes

Thanks to a 22-14 loss by the Green Packers today, the Vikings are now in control of their own playoff destiny. A win over the Bears in two weeks and the Vikings will control all division tie-breaking procedures.

On a day when people throughout the country are saying what they're thankful for, the Vikings got a huge Thanksgiving Day gift from the Detroit Lions that could have implications after Christmas is done.

The Lions stunned the Packers 22-14 today, scoring six times against a Packers defense that had allowed 40 points in their three previous games vs. the Eagles, Buccaneers and 49ers. While the loss is huge in terms of dropping the Packers to 6-6 and giving the Vikings an opportunity to open a two-game lead in the NFC North with four to play, the loss to the Lions has kicked open the door for the Vikings to guarantee themselves the all-important tie-breaker.

Coming into today's game, the Vikings were 4-1 in the division, having split with the Packers, swept the Lions and winning at home vs. the Bears. With their loss today, the Packers fall to 3-2 in the division. The significance? If the Vikings beat Chicago Dec. 14, they will assure all tie-breaker advantages over the Packers, since they would finish 5-1 in the division. It also would mean that a one-game lead would technically be a two-game lead since Green Bay would have to finish with a better win-loss record than the Vikings to win the division title.

Now THAT is something to be thankful for.

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