With the Bears holding off the Lions earlier on Sunday, the stakes for the Vikings are clear.
Win and they’re in the playoffs. Lose and they’re out.
So far, they’re winning. Adrian Peterson scooted into the end zone from seven yards out with a little more than nine minutes gone in the first quarter, putting the Vikings up 10-0 on the Packers. Peterson has 61 yards on eight carries overall, leaving him 147 yards short of the 208 total rushing yards he needs on Sunday to become the NFL’s all-time single season rushing champion.
The defense has forced the Packers to go three-and-out twice, making it a good start all around for the Vikings on a day when only a win will be good enough for them to continue their season a little bit longer.