The NFC’s six postseason teams are already set, but Minnesota’s trip to Lambeau Field still has huge playoff seeding implications. With both teams sitting with a record of 10-5, the NFC North division title is up for grabs.
The winner of this game will clinch the NFC’s No. 3 seed and will likely take on the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card round. That comes as terrible news for both squads, as Seattle knocked out the Packers during last year’s postseason, and the Vikings already lost at home to Seattle earlier this season.
There is one scenario where these two teams square off against each other next week as well. If the Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals and the Packers win this week, Seattle would own the tiebreaker over the Vikings and would clinch the No. 5 seed. That would leave the Packers as the No. 3 seed taking on the No. 6 seed Vikings.
Despite a match-up against Seattle likely looming for the winner, it’s still a game both teams desperately want to win. The Vikings will be hoping to avenge their Week 11 home loss to Green Bay, while the Packers will be trying to win their fifth consecutive NFC North title.
As usual, this game will come down to Aaron Rodgers and Adrian Peterson. Both stars dictate their team’s offensive success, as Peterson struggled mightily in the team’s first meeting this season. Held to 45 rushing yards with one fumble, Peterson will need to play much better if the Vikings are to have any chance.
But with the way Aaron Rodgers performs at Lambeau Field, it still might not be enough. A fifth consecutive NFC North title appears likely for the Packers, but with an unenviable match-up against the Seattle Seahawks the following week, the big winner of this showdown might actually be the losing team.