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Vikings to Play Panthers or Saints

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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Sean Borman

Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's still somehow an optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and is an IT nerd by day. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBormanNFL.

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2 years ago

And the Saints it is! I imagine the odds makers will take into account the Saints improved defense and running game since Week 1 and favor the Vikings by a wafer-thin margin, especially any of them who are still not sold on Keenum.