Even though the Minnesota Vikings (13-4) had hire aspirations going into today, they still accomplished what’s most important. Finishing the regular season with a win heading into the playoffs.

They were embarrassed on the road last weekend at the hands of the Green Bay Packers. Taking away any shot at the number one seed in the NFC playoffs.

The good news, a double-digit win against the Chicago Bears on the road. Giving them 13 wins for just the third time in the franchise’s history. Second since 2017.

Going into the game, WR Justin Jefferson was still alive to break Calvin Johnson’s single-season receiving yards record. In addition to QB Kirk Cousins was incredibly close to break the Minnesota Vikings single-season passing yards mark. 

Unfortunately, neither of those happened. Cousins finished 170 yards shy of Daunte Culpepper’s 2004 total, and Jefferson only hauled in four catches for 38 yards. 1,809 for the year and 156 yards shy.

In a microcosm, it would be nice to have a number of records set on the way to a 13-4 season. However, even though this game didn’t mean as much in the grand scheme, the importance of not only winning the final game of the year and continuing the momentum can’t be understated.

The Minnesota Vikings have maybe the easiest matchup of all the NFC division winners who will host a game next weekend. Taking on the sixth seed New York Giants, whom they have already played and beaten earlier this season. Carrying the momentum and homefield advantage.

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