For the first time in four years, the Minnesota Vikings will play in the NFL postseason, as Ryan Longwell kicked a 51-yard field goal with five seconds to play to give the Vikes a 20-19 win over the Giants and won the NFC North title.
The Bears lost in Houston, so even if the field goal was missed the Vikings would still have won the title. But the Vikings needed to get over the hump of losing a do-or-die game on the final week of the season. They had lost four times in the last five years on the last day to be eliminated from any postseason berth.
The Vikings will play next Sunday (my birthday BTW) against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Metrodome. Philly walloped a Dallas team that didn't bother showing up, 44-6, and locked up the last Wild Card berth.
Adrian Peterson rushed for 103 yards to win the NFL rushing title, and had his 1oth 100-yard rushing day of the year. Peterson also ran for a 67-yard score. Bernard Berrian caught his third TD pass of 50 or more yards this season for the second Vikings TD.
The Giants put most of the bench guys in in the second half, as they had everything wrapped up, so the loss is of little consequence to them. But yesterday meant everything to the Vikings, and they finish 10-6, and it also saves Brad Childress' job as well.