Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers, combined with a San Francisco 49ers victory, dropped the Vikes from the NFC’s two-seed down to the No. 3 spot. There is reason to believe that was a blessing in disguise.
Would you rather:— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) January 2, 2023
-Be the #2 seed and play the Packers in first round
-Be the #3 seed and play the Giants in first round
As it currently stands Minnesota would matchup with the New York Giants in the wild card round. The Giants are locked in as the NFC’s No. 6 seed. With one spot still up for grabs in the conference, Green Bay is in a win-and-in situation with the Detroit Lions heading to Lambeau Field this weekend.
If the Packers win, they will clinch the No. 7 seed in the conference, aligning them with a matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. Nobody is itching to play Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, who have rattled off four straight wins.
Most would agree that the Giants are the lesser of two evils for the Vikings. After all, Greg Joseph’s game-winning 61-yard field goal came in Week 16. Minnesota would certainly have a mental edge to go alongside its home-field advantage.
In order for the Vikings to lock up the No. 2 seed, which would give the team home-field advantage for two rounds as opposed to one, Minnesota needs to win AND have the ‘Niners fall to the undermanned Arizona Cardinals.
Though it’s unlikely, crazier things have happened. And chaos almost ensued over the weekend as it took San Francisco overtime to outlast the Las Vegas Raiders and back-up quarterback Jarrett Stidham.
The postseason is all about surviving and advancing one game at a time. Minnesota has the ability to beat anyone in the league. However, it wouldn’t hurt to position themselves for a better matchup in the NFL’s highly anticipated Super Wild Card Weekend.
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