Vikings bounce Bears from postseason contention; Peterson falls short of rushing record

The Chicago Bears saw their playoff hopes end as the Minnesota Vikings edged by their inner-divisional rival, the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers' loss knocks them out of the second seed in the NFC playoffs, bumping them to the third seed and elevating the San Francisco 49ers to the second spot.

With the win, the Vikings become the NFC's sixth seed in the playoffs, and they'll be traveling to Lambeau Field next weekend to play the Packers for the third time this season.

The Vikings relied heavily on running back Adrian Peterson to sneak past the Packers. Peterson fell just nine yards short of Erick Dickerson's record for most rushing yards in a season, but the record was likely an afterthought for anyone involved with the Vikings. The postseason birth came first.

The playoffs are now set as follows:


1. Denver Broncos

2. New England Patriots

3. Houston Texans

4. Baltimore Ravens

5. Indianapolis Colts

6. Cincinnati Bengals


1. Atlanta Falcons

2. San Francisco 49ers

3. Green Bay Packers

4. *Dallas Cowboys/Washington Redskins

5. Seattle Seahawks

6. Minnesota Vikings

* The winner of tonight's matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins becomes the NFC's fourth seed in the playoffs.

About Shane Clemons

Shane Clemons came from humble beginnings creating his own Jaguars blog before moving on to SBNation as a featured writer for the Jaguars. He then moved to Bloguin where he briefly covered the AFC South before taking over Bloguin's Jaguars blog. Since the inception of This Given Sunday, Shane has served as an editor for the site, doing his best not to mess up a good thing.