Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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The Minnesota Vikings will play an NFC South opponent in the Divisional round.

The first NFC Wild Card playoff game made the Vikings playoff picture more clear.

The No. 6 seed Atlanta Falcons upset the No. 3 seed Los Angeles Rams 26-13 Saturday, so the Falcons will travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles next weekend. Since the Eagles are the No. 1 seed they play the lowest remaining seed, which is the Falcons.

That means the Vikings will face either the No. 4 seed New Orleans Saints or the No. 5 seed Carolina Panthers. The Vikings have played each team once already this season. Minnesota handed New Orleans its first loss of the season in a 29-19 Week 1 thumping. Then in Week 14 the Vikings suffered a 31-24 road loss to the Panthers. That was the last time the Vikings lost a game.

The Vikings will be watching closely as the NFC South rivals face off Sunday. The Panthers take on the Saints in New Orleans in at 3:40pm (CST). The game is on FOX.

The victors will take on the Vikings next Sunday, January 14th in Minneapolis at 3:40pm (CST).

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A guest post from friend of the site, Luke Braun

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This post was guest-written by Luke Braun, a contributor at Purple PTSD and longtime friend of the site. Follow him on Twitter at @spokenflow22.

Every year, I engage in the exercise of picking the entire playoffs before the postseason starts. Think of it like a mini March Madness — mostly just for fun. This year, there’s no reason not to share and explain my reasoning to the world.

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Brett Anderson (@brettAnderson87), Drew Mahowald (@DrewMahowald), Sam Neumann (@NeumSamN) and Sean Borman (@SeanBoarMan) return from mini-hiatus to talk Vikings playoffs. They give out awards for season MVP and most improved players, discuss their ideal playoff scenarios, and talk a little about the future of the quarterback situation.

Check out the episode above and subscribe to the Vikings Territory YouTube channel to ensure that you never miss a VT Roundtable discussion, the latest installment of Bump & Run or and a variety of other #content.

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Minnesota Vikings defensive backs Harrison Smith and Xavier Rhodes were named to the 2017 Associated Press First-Team All-Pro squad.

The end-of-season awards keep coming for the Minnesota Vikings.

The Associated Press announced its annual All-Pro roster Friday morning and it included two of the leaders of Mike Zimmer’s vaunted Vikings defense on the first team and two more Vikings on the second team.

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Forget about the four Super Bowls. The Vikings have made the playoffs more times than you think.

Everyone knows that this could be the year the Minnesota Vikings become the first NFL team to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium. The chances get better with every win. This year’s squad rolled into the playoffs in style, earning a 13-3 record, NFC North Championship, and a first-round bye.

With a proven head coach, a talented young roster, and perhaps the most envious quarterback situation in the NFL, both the present and the future are looking bright for the Vikings franchise, while the rest of the teams in the division appear to be moving backwards.

The Packers’ playoff streak just ended after eight seasons, resulting in a mass transformation of the front office and coaching staff. The Lions just finished 9-7, fired their head coach, and have to be wondering why they gave their quarterback so much money. And the Bears? They’re simply “Da Bears.” They’re like the new Lions of old, I guess.

With how things have unfolded for the Vikings this season, it got me thinking — how have the Vikings stacked up against other NFL teams in terms of making the playoffs year-in and year-out since their inception? Here’s a quick run through the team’s history and its success in the postseason.