Pack stands in way of Vikings' playoff berth
- Published: Dec. 26, 2012 at 12:48 p.m.
NFL.com and NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport has his thoughts on the game:
Why this game is intriguing: Few players have received as much ink for personal accolades as Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. On the heels of an ACL tear, with 1,898 yards in 15 games and 11 touchdowns, it's all warranted. His comeback has been amazing. Yet the way he's willing his team to the doorstep of the postseason should be lauded even more. With an inconsistent quarterback, a young defense and a banged-up group of receivers -- Minnesota can still win and make the playoffs. The Vikings have defied the odds all season in what should have been a rebuilding year. All that's left is to beat the Packers at home and make it official. Not so easy, though. There are few teams as hot as the Packers, and they can clinch a first-round bye with a win, so no one will be resting. If Minnesota is going to make the playoffs, they will have to earn it.