GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Packers could have avoided this. They had control over the NFC's No. 2 seed, which would have given them a first-round bye to watch from home as four playoff teams get eliminated this weekend.
Instead, the Vikings beat Green Bay in the regular-season finale, earning a postseason spot for Minnesota and setting up a rematch between the NFC North rivals for Saturday night at Lambeau Field.
"We're very confident," Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson said this week. "I feel like we're playing some good ball right now in all phases. We're playing some inspired football. I feel like if we just continue to play the way we have, playing Viking football, then the sky's the limit. I feel like we're peaking at the right time."
Minnesota won its last four regular-season games to sneak into the playoffs as the NFC's No. 6 seed. Though Peterson was great all year, finishing just nine yards away from Eric Dickerson's all-time rushing record, the difference late in the s...