When the Minnesota Vikings left Lambeau Field at 6-6 after losing to the Packers on Dec. 2, no one imagined they'd be back so soon.
After all, getting back to Green Bay for a playoff game would require four straight wins including one against the Packers in Minnesota in the final week of the regular season. But sometime in the past month, the Vikings started looking less like the 3-13 team they were in 2011 and more like a playoff outfit, and it's safe to assume the Packers now realize how far Minnesota has come if they didn't quite yet a week ago.
Few things would send the Packers faithful into an offseason of discontent more emphatically than seeing the division-rival Vikings take a playoff bye and then a playoff game from Green Bay in the span of two weeks. But somehow that is possible with Vikings running back Adrian Peterson seemingly capable of shattering would-be Packers tacklers in the 20-degree weather expected for Saturday night's game.