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Vikings stay alive, Texans risk losing bye

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In what arguably constitutes the biggest win for the franchise since blowing out the Cowboys in the 2009 postseason, the Vikings have beaten the other team from Texas, sending the squad with the best record in the AFC from 12-2 to 12-3.

The upset keeps the Vikings alive for a playoff berth, and it also puts the Texans in jeopardy of blowing the top seed in the AFC.

If the Texans lose next week to the Colts, where Houston has never ever ever never ever ever ever won, and if the Broncos win their last two games (vs. Browns and Chiefs) or if the Patriots hang on to beat the Jags and best the Fins next Sunday, the Texans will be the No. 2 seed at best.

And if both those things happen, the Texans will be the No. 3 seed.

The Vikings’ path to the postseason is murkier; they need to beat the Packers next Sunday, and the Vikings need help.  We’ll break it all down as the dust settles on this afternoon’s games.

Still, the Vikings may have a better shot at getting to the playoffs than Adrian Peterson has at getting the single-season rushing record.  With 86 yards today, he needs 208 to break Eric Dickerson’s high-water mark of 2,105.

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43 Responses to “Vikings stay alive, Texans risk losing bye”
  1. randyschwimmer7 says: Dec 23, 2012 4:02 PM

    The Broncos play the Browns and Chiefs, not the Colts and Chiefs.

  2. avoidtheboyd says: Dec 23, 2012 4:04 PM

    Ponder looked like Elway today. Texans are pathetic in big games.

  3. purpblooded says: Dec 23, 2012 4:05 PM

    Can’t wait to jam the ball down the Packers 2nd stringers throat next week. C’mon AP, 208 yrds!

  4. The Doctor says: Dec 23, 2012 4:06 PM

    Let’s go Ravens!

  5. fletcher08 says: Dec 23, 2012 4:10 PM

    I think Peterson had 210 yards against the packers in the first meeting.

  6. burrito12 says: Dec 23, 2012 4:12 PM

    “Can’t wait to jam the ball down the Packers 2nd stringers throat next week. C’mon AP, ”

    The Packers 2nd stringers would still win.

  7. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 23, 2012 4:13 PM

    Well done, Vikings.

    It will be fun watching the Packers end your season on your own field next week.

  8. mavajo says: Dec 23, 2012 4:19 PM

    Packers fan here. I hate the Vikings, but great win by them today. Should be a tremendous game next year!

    Also, Falcons and Texans could be one of the worst #1 seed tandems in NFL history. Assuming the Texans didn’t just choke it away to Denver or New England.

  9. mavajo says: Dec 23, 2012 4:19 PM

    Packers fan here. I hate the Vikings, but great win by them today. Should be a tremendous game next week!

    Also, Falcons and Texans could be one of the worst #1 seed tandems in NFL history. Assuming the Texans didn’t just choke it away to Denver or New England.

  10. purplepunisher says: Dec 23, 2012 4:20 PM

    To sweeten the victory, Vikings win eliminates cheating Saints from playoffs.

  11. nesuperfan says: Dec 23, 2012 4:25 PM

    It is highly doubtful that Adrian Peterson will break the record now. He has gone over 208 yards four times in his career, but even without the Packer’s first team in full-time next week, I doubt that the Packers will give the Vikings enough time of possession for AP to run wild. It is still possible, but he would probably have to break at least two VERY long runs, so as not to eat up a lot of time on the clock.

  12. txndave says: Dec 23, 2012 4:25 PM

    We can NEVER get up for games like this.
    Now instead of taking care of business at home, we have to go on the road and do it.

    Kubiak and Schaub are just GARBAGE!!!

  13. dalucks says: Dec 23, 2012 4:25 PM

    Giving Gary Kubiak a 3 year extension last summer was a bigger mistake by the Texans than drafting David Carr #1 overall. I hope Norv Turner becomes the offensive coordinator in Houston during the offseason and he calls the plays on gameday.
    A 3 year extension for Kubiak and a 4 year extension for Schaub was an emotional decision by management which the team is going in the wrong direction at this part of the season.
    I am not surprised because as a diehard Texan fan, I saw this coming.

  14. virger says: Dec 23, 2012 4:26 PM

    purpblooded says:
    Dec 23, 2012 4:05 PM
    Can’t wait to jam the ball down the Packers 2nd stringers throat next week. C’mon AP, 208 yrds!

    GB won’t be resting next week…but AP always gets his against GB anyway

  15. cpo187 says: Dec 23, 2012 4:27 PM

    “purpblooded says:
    Dec 23, 2012 4:05 PM
    Can’t wait to jam the ball down the Packers 2nd stringers throat next week. C’mon AP, 208 yrds!”

    The Packers are playing for a first round bye still. I don’t think the Vikings will be seeing the 2nd stringers. That being said, the Packers starters are the ones that gave up over 200 yards to AP the first meeting. Good luck Adrian!

  16. jessethegreat says: Dec 23, 2012 4:27 PM

    Peterson is still the class of running backs in the league today. Don’t count on him playing against second stringers though… If Seattle beats the 49ers, packers will play for a bye next week. McCarthy doesn’t like to rest his starters and should want to continue with this momentum from today.

  17. thepvyharvin says: Dec 23, 2012 4:38 PM

    If you’re a Vikings fan and aren’t excited,you’re clueless,,,,AD, Harvin,Smith,Walsh,Kalil,etc,,,we are up and coming. See us being a true top team in these upcoming years!

  18. matthewcarlson1 says: Dec 23, 2012 4:57 PM

    Chill out people. Ponder still sucks. He made some disgusting mistakes today. He played just good enough to not lose the game for us. Did anybody notice how many defenders were in the box? 9 minimum. The Texans sold out the win to stop AD, and Ponder still couldn’t get over 200 yards passing. This was a big win for the defense. Can’t wait for next week!

  19. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 23, 2012 4:59 PM

    thepvyharvin says: Dec 23, 2012 4:38 PM

    “If you’re a Vikings fan and aren’t excited,you’re clueless,,,,AD, Harvin,Smith,Walsh,Kalil,etc,,,we are up and coming. See us being a true top team in these upcoming years!”

    Yeah, because Harvin has been incredible.

  20. grandsonofcoach says: Dec 23, 2012 5:14 PM

    Will be fun to see if Pack can shut down Vikes on their two big goals…postseason and AP record. Game on.

  21. guruvious says: Dec 23, 2012 5:29 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:Dec 23, 2012 4:59 PM

    thepvyharvin says: Dec 23, 2012 4:38 PM

    “If you’re a Vikings fan and aren’t excited,you’re clueless,,,,AD, Harvin,Smith,Walsh,Kalil,etc,,,we are up and coming. See us being a true top team in these upcoming years!”

    Yeah, because Harvin has been incredible.

    ———————————————————

    if you stop trolling Viking websites and actually watched Harvin, you’d have a clue.

  22. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Dec 23, 2012 5:30 PM

    Avoidtheboyd….
    Please do not ever compare Ponder to me! Lay off the eggnog.

  23. vikingfan1971 says: Dec 23, 2012 5:53 PM

    tokyo your team is going down in the dome the vikings are 7-1 at home and if ponder played like he did today we will come up with the win and will stay alive.
    go vikings lets keep winning

  24. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Dec 23, 2012 5:58 PM

    AD got 210 on the trailer park sod farm. Should be easy enough to get at least that much at the dome!

  25. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 23, 2012 6:15 PM

    Can you imagine the angst if both the Vikings and AP choke next week against the Packers? I’d actually think that was a statistical impossibility – if they hadn’t gone 0-4 in Superbowls.

  26. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 23, 2012 6:17 PM

    guruvious says: Dec 23, 2012 5:29 PM

    “if you stop trolling Viking websites and actually watched Harvin, you’d have a clue.”

    This just in – nobody has actually watched Harvin play for a very long time.

  27. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 23, 2012 6:17 PM

    Lolz. The packers play better in domes, and they just hung a double nickel on a carbon copy of the Vikings outside.

    Matthews is back, Woodson will be back, Nelson will be back…

    Packers will win by at least two TDs, and Peterson won’t get within 100 yards of that record.

  28. billbrasky72 says: Dec 23, 2012 6:42 PM

    Peterson will break his own single game rushing record next week en route to the season record. First RB to break 300 yrds.

  29. packhawk04 says: Dec 23, 2012 6:51 PM

    Vikes have good young talent. Too bad harvin wants and will get out.

  30. nesuperfan says: Dec 23, 2012 7:13 PM

    I wonder how many of the people, who don’t understand the phrase “highly doubtful” and downvoted, would be willing to bet $1000 of their own money on AP breaking the record. If I could find such a sucker, I would certainly bet against him.

  31. vikingfan1971 says: Dec 23, 2012 7:22 PM

    harvin is with the vikings one more year and than we will see in the year thing can change.

  32. truthserum4u says: Dec 23, 2012 7:33 PM

    One thing about the Vikings, they don’t stay down for long. Interesting and obscure fact about them: After their initial seasons as an expansion team, the Vikings are the only team in the NFL with at least 20 years of history, that have never had more than two losing seasons in a row.

  33. Frazier28/7 says: Dec 23, 2012 7:58 PM

    It’s still the first string Viking d-line vs the first string Packer o-line next week that’ll determine the game.

    Peterson can get 200 against that defense, it’s all how we handle Rodgers. The Vikings smacked him around last time, the Ponder INT’s cost us the game.

  34. cuzenz says: Dec 23, 2012 8:21 PM

    Don’t listen to all these band Wagon Packer fans. Going from 3-13 to no worse then 9-7 is quite an accomplishment! Be proud of what the Vikes achieved! SKOL VIKINGS!

  35. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 23, 2012 8:53 PM

    The Vikings haven’t beaten the Packers in over 3 years. So they’re LONG overdue.

    But I see them choking next week.

  36. purplepunisher says: Dec 23, 2012 8:59 PM

    Tokyo and all these other Packer fans are the same clowns that said all off season that the Vikings would finish last in the division with 2 or 3 wins. Face it you know nothing!

  37. lordfletcher says: Dec 23, 2012 10:01 PM

    as a Vikes fan… those bashing the Texans need to just shut up. They are a great team, didn’t play well today but should be just fine come post season play.

    Great game today, skol!

  38. zygizag says: Dec 23, 2012 10:07 PM

    AD will bet more yardage against the Packers poor tackling.

    If the D can get the same pressure on Rogers, this team that is primed for this game could have a HUGE win against the Packers. If Rogers starts taking a pounding and starts making errors we may just get a , oh well we will take care of them next week attitude. They may also be thinking to highly of themselves afte the Titan blow-out.

    I thought they had a chance against the texans but certainly not the WAY they did it. The D was great.

    4-2 in the division and playoff = LF extension

  39. karlmarxism says: Dec 24, 2012 1:43 AM

    AP is no officially out of the MVP chatter. He needed to break the record and the Vikings needed to earn a playoff berth. Neither will happen. Manning will win his 5th MVP. His numbers were off the charts against the Browns–10 straight wins and probably the 1st seed in the AFC–NO CONTEST!

  40. pappavike says: Dec 24, 2012 2:47 AM

    I Don’t see this being a cake walk for either team! The Vikes have a little more to play for!! And Vikes won’t be seeing the Packers second stringers, Until second half or the Vikes have the game out of reach!! This is gonna be an old fashion slobber nocker!! And the Team that makes the fewest mistakes WINS!! Great win against the Texans.

  41. dougy1970 says: Dec 24, 2012 2:58 AM

    I love it when the Vikes and Packers play because I get to watch AJ Hawk get runover by Peterson or pancaked by Felton 25-30 times a game.

    I take genuine pleasure watching Hawk get up from the pile with his eyes peeking out the earhole of his helmet. He looks like Daffy Duck with his beak on sideways.

    Woodson wants no part of Peterson either. He just runs around the side and goes for the strip which he never gets. He then gets a 10 yard ride.

    Breck Girl Mathews will do what he always does — flail his arms in an effort to draw a holding penalty.

    Should be a good game.

  42. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 24, 2012 12:27 PM

    Right, dougy, and the packers will do what they always do, obliterate your pathetic squad.

    I hope you enjoy watching Peterson get nowhere near the record!

  43. rickytheviking says: Dec 24, 2012 12:33 PM

    Go Vikings!!!

    Get some pressure on AR or it will be a long day

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