Vikings punch their ticket, guaranteeing four new playoff teams from last year

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The Vikings clinched a playoff berth Saturday night without even taking the field.

The Rams’ loss to the 49ers sewed up a trip to the postseason for Minnesota, which missed the playoffs a year ago after making the NFC Championship Game in the 2017 season.

It’s the third time the Vikings have made the postseason in Mike Zimmer’s six seasons.

Still with a chance to win the NFC North, the Vikings’ playoff berth won’t change the team’s plans for Monday night.

“We like to win around here, so let’s go win,” Zimmer said earlier Saturday when asked about the possibility of clinching before Monday’s kickoff, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press.

The Vikings are one of four teams to miss the playoffs last season who now are guaranteed a berth in the postseason this season. The Bills, Packers and 49ers also missed the playoffs last year but have clinched berths this season.

That guarantees that for the 30th consecutive season at least 30 percent of the playoff field will have new contenders from the previous season.

Since the current 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season after failing to make the postseason the previous year.

82 responses to “Vikings punch their ticket, guaranteeing four new playoff teams from last year

  1. I’m certainly glad we’re in, but first thing first, beat GB. Then hope they choke in Detroit. If not… line up and beat the team in front of you!
    Skol!

  2. “That guarantees that for the 30th consecutive season at least 30 percent of the playoff field will have new contenders from the previous season.”

    This is why I hope the NFL never get’s rid of the salary cap.

  3. SKOL Vikings! Thanks niners. Time to let Cook get healthy. The Vikes will be ready to roll on the road to Miami!!!

  4. Just rest the starters the last 2 games and heal up. Wins don’t mean a thing except in Draft position. Let the Packers gloat. Minnesota 6 seed will not play them anyway. As the last Wildcard seed they would play AT either the 49ers or the Seahawks. 5th seed will play the Packers. Since there is NO way the Lions beat them, why waste injury and give team depth 2 games of experience and jump up 2 spots in the draft.

  5. I think it’s really nice that their fans will have an opportunity to watch them lose meaningful january football.

  6. Four new teams in the playoffs but three of them are perenial playoff participants,Buffalo is truly the only new team to the playoff scene.Green Bay may be somewhat a surprise team as they have a new coach,a new system to learn and some new personnel but before the season you could count on the Niners and Vikings to make it.

  7. I don’t know if this lowers the pressure by way of the Vikings being in, or if thoughts of the division ramp up the pressure. Either way, Cousins is in a no-win situation as far as the Cousins-on-MNF narrative goes. If they win, his detractors will say he was supposed to; that he HAD to win one eventually. If he loses, they’ll just crucify him. And the weak will blame the refs.

  8. NFC is loaded this year… Packers, Saints, 49ers, Seahawks, Vikes… All of them will likely finish 11-5 or better and have the potential to make a run. Unfortunately for whoever comes out of the NFC, the Ravens look like they are clearly the class of the league right now…

  9. “Either way, Cousins is in a no-win situation as far as the Cousins-on-MNF narrative goes. If they win, his detractors will say he was supposed to; that he HAD to win one eventually. If he loses, they’ll just crucify him. And the weak will blame the refs.”
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    You like that?

  10. not sure if that guy above that said the rest of the games dont matter so just heal up is ignorant or just trolling. The lions were the better team on the field the last time they played the Packers, and this is the National Football League, in case you havent been paying attention for the past 50 years, any team can go out and beat any team at any given time given the circumstances are going in your favor.

  11. Seems like the season just kicked off and here we are getting ready for the playoffs. The older I get the quicker the seasons seem to go by. Congrats to the Vikings for getting in. Maybe things will line up for a Pack-Vike NFC championship in Lambeau. Would make for some entertaining comment sections!

  12. How embarrassing that you had to hope for another team to lose to in week 16 so that you could get in.

    The Vikings didn’t punch their own ticket, the Rams just cut theirs in half.

  13. stellarperformance says:
    December 22, 2019 at 9:09 am
    ……..slippin’ in through the back-door without having to play. Luckiest team in the NFL.
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    We have 10-4 record, have been rated 7-8 in power rankings all season, have a QB who is #2 in QB ranking, and the most complete and talented team in the NFC North. I wouldnt call that “ slippin through the back-door”, Chesse Curd.

  14. codylaws says:
    December 22, 2019 at 8:29 am
    …if Vikings are good enough they can go all the way.
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    Um yeah, you don’t say. 11 other teams can also go all the way if they are good enough. That’s kinda how this works.

  15. for the 30th consecutive season at least 30 percent of the playoff field will have new contenders from the previous season
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    and for 20 years there has been one constant: All Hail Belichick.

  16. I’m certainly glad we’re in, but first thing first, beat GB. Then hope they choke in Detroit. If not… line up and beat the team in front of you!
    Skol!.

    /////

    You guys are kind of proud of division championships and one and dones.

    Makes sense.

    Might as well play all your injured starters the rest of the season too!

  17. Congrats to the Vikings. The truth of the matter is that all NFL teams are going either up or down so if you missed the playoffs last year and you are in this year, you are going up.

    Still, you have to consider that just two years ago the Vikings were one game away from the Superbowl playing in a game where they were favored on the point spread and up against a second string QB and still managed to lose by 31 points. So while the Vikings declined from that lofty spot, they have a lot of work to do just to manage to return to the NFC Championship game this year. Call me a hater but I just don’t see it.

  18. “We like to win around here, so let’s go win,” Zimmer said
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    You haven’t won anything Zimmer.
    Prepare a team to a win in the playoffs for once.

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    Agree. The guy has got to get over the hump with the team he has or he will be coordinating again.

  19. if Vikings are good enough they can go all the way.
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    They’re not, and they won’t

  20. Doesn’t matter. The Vikings are still going to open up the cannons on the Packers. Shout out to George Kittle. He’s my favorite non Viking to watch play football. That guy plays like his hair is on fire.

  21. I’m actually a little bummed the Niners won bc I want to see the Packers whip the Vikes when the game really matters to the Barneys.

    But then again had the Rams won I’m not sure I could handle all the complaints against the refs.

  22. If the Vikings win out they might get the division if GB loses to Detroit and that won’t happen. If GB wins out they wil be #2 maybe 1. The Vikings are probably going to be 6 and play the Saints. Even if they win out will they beat out SF or Sea for #5? Doubt it. They’ll sit a Cook and hope his shoulder heals. Boone hasn’t really been scouted much. This could be a blessing in disguise and a chance to work on things. Getting Thielen in shape. They don’t even need to win at all until WC weekend and this might be their path to finally go back to the Super Bowl.

  23. The Packers are miles better than the Vikings and have room to talk. The Vikings have never even won a Championship and have deep history of choking in the playoffs. Maybe consider the fact that until you win the big game you should never open your mouth.

  24. All these nervous Packer fans boasting about winning the division (something they haven’t done yet) this year.

    I truly think they’re more worried about winning the division than winning a playoff game (because they probably won’t).

    They appear to be all in on winning the division – but fail to realize that IF they won the next 5 in a row – they’d still be trailing the Vikings…

  25. I’d just rest most of the starters Monday night. The refs got GB to the playoffs, they are going to get them the highest seed possible, so no use risking the health of key players against a GB team that likes to go at knees and play dirty.

  26. Packers or Vikings not beating the Ravens anyway so one and done and come back stronger next year, Packers already exceeded expectations and will only improve, the Vikings performed as expected but salary cap issues and probably lose some key players may be a setback.

  27. Congrats Vikes. It haunts me to see Seattle in the playoffs again. All I can remember is how we had the biggest choke in NFL history against them, losing a 19-7 lead with less than 3 minutes remaining in the NFC championship game.

  28. Kind of makes the last 2 games of the season anticlimatic. On the one hand, I want an entertaining Vikes/Pack game Monday, but on the other hand my nervous system would prefer a comfortable Viking win (not likely). At any rate, its good to see both the Vikes and the Pack relevant at the same time again, and this Viking fan appreciates the fair posts above by cabbage, pkrlvr and whatjusthapened — lets hope the other trolls get lumps of coal in their green and gold stockings.

  29. Making the playoffs is better than not making the playoffs. So Conrgats to some of you more reasonable Purples.

    Too bad Zimmer ran Cook into the ground weeks 7-10 vs. Lions, Skins, Chiefs with Matt Moore and Cowboys. Cook had 112 touches (Mattison just 34). Too many mid-season carries for a guy built like Cook.

  30. vikesfansteve says:
    December 22, 2019 at 11:58 am

    If the Vikings win out they might get the division if GB loses to Detroit and that won’t happen. If GB wins out they wil be #2 maybe 1. The Vikings are probably going to be 6 and play the Saints. Even if they win out will they beat out SF or Sea for #5? Doubt it. They’ll sit a Cook and hope his shoulder heals. Boone hasn’t really been scouted much. This could be a blessing in disguise and a chance to work on things. Getting Thielen in shape. They don’t even need to win at all until WC weekend and this might be their path to finally go back to the Super Bowl.
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    I don’t see why the Lions can’t beat the Packers they already beat them once this season in Green bay.

  31. gtodriver says:
    December 22, 2019 at 12:02 pm
    They appear to be all in on winning the division – but fail to realize that IF they won the next 5 in a row – they’d still be trailing the Vikings…
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Attaboy!

    The Vikings need to win four SuperBowls in a row to give another team a remote chance of overtaking the Vikings’ all-time NFL record for the most postseason losses ever, including all pre-merger teams when only “six “ teams played. That includes their tandem record for the most one-and-done postseason appearances…….. in the history of the NFL!

  32. For those saying Minnesota will play a wildcard game at Green Bay, You are wrong. The #5 seed goes to GB, 6th goes to #1 seed in New Orleans. so resting Starters makes perfect sense.
    Detroit is too banged up and even tho the 1st game was close, 2nd game won’t be. Referees help or not. So Vikings heal up, and gain 2 or 3 spots in the draft, Then they can draft their replacement for X-Ray Rhodes.

  33. Whatever happens, merry christmas and safe travel to you and yours this holiday on both sides of the rival. beat green bay!

  34. I don’t understand the division logic. In the current iteration of the NFL, there are four divisions in the AFC and four divisions in the NFC.

    Since that has happened, the Packers have won it roughly half the time. The Vikings need to catch up.

    Or…do you want to count before that? Because when we talk about football from awhile back we are told no one cares about football from that long ago.

  35. billh1947 says:
    December 22, 2019 at 8:47 am
    Four new teams in the playoffs but three of them are perenial playoff participants,Buffalo is truly the only new team to the playoff scene.Green Bay may be somewhat a surprise team as they have a new coach,a new system to learn and some new personnel but before the season you could count on the Niners and Vikings to make it.
    ________________

    The 9ers and Vikings who in 2018 combined for a total of 12 wins werre being counted on to make it. The 9ers who have a team that represented the NFC in the SB last year, and a Seattle team that is always competitive.

    The only team I count on getting in every year is the Patriots, because they have a division that has been tradiotnally weak, and they cheat.

  36. LIKEtheVIKE says:
    December 22, 2019 at 3:19 pm
    For those saying Minnesota will play a wildcard game at Green Bay, You are wrong. The #5 seed goes to GB, 6th goes to #1 seed in New Orleans. so resting Starters makes perfect sense.
    Detroit is too banged up and even tho the 1st game was close, 2nd game won’t be. Referees help or not. So Vikings heal up, and gain 2 or 3 spots in the draft, Then they can draft their replacement for X-Ray Rhodes

    @@@@@@@@222

    Wildcard weekend #6 plays #3, #5 plays #4. #1 and #2 get a bye.

  37. It’s an excellent group of playoff teams. In fact, each NFC playoff team has won at least 1 Super Bowl.

    Well, except the Vikings of course. They’re completely outclassed in this field.

  38. As a Viking fan, I’m thankful for seeing my team reach a seat at the post season feast. It’s okay for troll nation to hate on them, make fun of them. We know it mostly comes from envy or just haters doing what they do best.

    Congrats to Packer, and all the other playoff bound team fans as well. Unless you’re able to be their in person prepare to grab that chip and a chair and enjoy your teams run no matter how far it goes. Feels good doesn’t it?

    SKOL!

  39. To the very wordy Packer fan who vents a lot of pent up frustration because of all the years his team couldn’t make the playoffs…

    You can’t have a playoff loss when you fail to make the playoffs.

    You also can’t earn a playoff win when you fail to make the playoffs.

    Despite only being in the league since 1961, only 12 teams have more playoff wins.

    Interesting that the win leader isn’t the Packers or the Bears, despite being in the league longer than any other teams.

    New England puts all the old guard to shame, despite being in the league 50 fewer years.

  40. tokyosandfarter says

    I don’t see why the Packers and Bears won’t destroy the Vikings. They both did once this year.
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    The Bears and the Packers won those games, but they didn’t come close to “destroying” them early in the year.

    Destroying would infer at least a 14 point victory. The combined margin in the Packer and Bear game was only 15 points.You know, like the Chargers (15 point beatdown) and the Niners (29 point beatdown) did to the Packers.

    The Vikings losses averaged only 6 points per game. The Packers averaged 17 points per game.

    Just the facts…

  41. Hey tokoairbag,

    QUOTE tokyosandblaster says:
    December 22, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    I don’t understand the division logic. In the current iteration of the NFL, there are four divisions in the AFC and four divisions in the NFC. ” End Quote
    ——————————————–

    You might have missed it but no one cares about your inability to understand logic. Vikings clinched a playoff berth. Iterate that.

  42. “Going up against a below average defense, Boone has a chance to really show off again not only to Vikings fans, but to the entire world. His physical yet athletic running style combined with the Gary Kubiak outside zone running scheme should have him poised for success against the league’s 24th ranked run defense. “

  43. This is easy cheesey.

    “With Rodgers leading some clutch drives in the second half and the defense stepping up, the Packers will get the job done. They will move to 12-3 on the season and will clinch the NFC North title. In addition to those accomplishments, Green Bay will take yet another step towards earning a Wild Card bye.”

  44. @cellarperformance

    Tell me again about Rodgers leading some clutch drives in the second half…

    You haven’t watched much Packer football this season. Rodgers in the second half hasn’t done much all year.

    Well, there were the garbage time performance against the Chargers and the Niners…

  45. h0metownzero says:
    December 22, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Kirk Cousins has finally joined the elite company /////

    Aaron Rodgers has no company. He is the only QB in NFL history to go 15-1 in the regular season and go 1 and done in the playoffs.

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