There is no way the Minnesota Vikings can find themselves in the post-season following Saturday's result at Green Bay (GB 38 - Min 25). The Vikings headed into Lambeau Field needing to beat the Packers and then hope things went the Vikings' way for the balance of the season. However, a loss to the Packers guarantees that Minnesota have squandered the start to the season that they had.

Minnesota Vikings were once 5-0

Through the first five weeks of the season the Minnesota Vikings were 5-0 and it wasn't due to any kind of weak scheduling. The Vikings beat Tennessee, Carolina, Green Bay, the New York Giants, and Houston to open their campaign.

Since then the club has gone just 2-8 with the loss to the Packers on December 24th mathematically eliminating Minnesota from any post-season hopes. The best Minnesota can finish now is 8-8, however New York is 10-5 and Green Bay improved to 9-6. Accordingly getting the 2nd Wild Card will require at least 9 wins on the season in the NFC.

What's next for GB and Minnesota?

The Vikings will now close out their season against the Chicago Bears. Chicago themselves cannot entertain any hopes of making the post-season, ones that were abandoned a long time ago. Minnesota's Week 17 game takes place on New Year's Day at U.S. Bank Stadium at 1pm ET on FOX. It's going to be one of the more meaningless games as neither team needs a win for any purpose.

Green Bay, with the win on Saturday, guaranteed themselves a game for the division title. The Packers will face the Detroit Lions from Ford Field in Week 17. The winner of that game will win the NFC North division and this is true regardless of how the Lions do against Dallas on December 26th.

Even if Detroit beat Dallas to improve to 10-5, if Green Bay beat the Lions in Week 17 and both teams finish 10-6, it's the Packers that will hold the tiebreaking edge.

The first tiebreaker for a division lead is results in head-to-head match-ups between two teams. Green Bay already beat Detroit early in the season so if the Packers beat the Lions again, GB would be 2-0 against the Lions. That would give them the nod for the divisional title if both teams end up with the same record.

But Detroit could go 0-2 for the balance of the season, in which case they might be putting a 9-7 record into the Wild Card mix. That record might be good enough, however it certainly would not make them a lock for the playoffs. Detroit do need a win and they need it bad, preferably against GB to bring home the division title.

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