Sunday's 37-34 win against the Green Bay Packers perhaps wasn't the most dominating win of the season for the Minnesota Vikings, but it certainly was the biggest. Beating NFC North champion Green Bay was Minnesota's most important victory since the 2009 season.
A 37-34 win, thanks to a time-expiring 29-yard field goal by rookie kicker Blair Walsh doesn't qualify as a "convincing" win, but it should convince the team's remaining doubters that it is playoff worthy. Sunday was a must-win for Minnesota against one of the hottest teams in the league, and it outlasted Green Bay in a shootout.
A look at how the Vikings (10-6) secured their playoff berth:
Pass offense: A
Minnesota's offense isn't built around the passing game, of course, as its No. 31 NFL ranking indicates. So, expecting or grading based on 300-yard passing games isn't fair to the Vikings or quarterback Christian Ponder. What Ponder did Sunday isn't measured solely in big yardage totals. Ponder had his best game as a pr...