The Minnesota Vikings talked about the importance of winning Sunday at St. Louis, and the reality of the situation was realized after wins elsewhere Sunday.
A 33-26 win for Minnesota against St. Louis, combined with wins by the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys and losses by the Chicago Bears and New York Giants, means the Vikings own the final Wild Card playoff spot with two weeks left because of tiebreakers. Minnesota (8-6) will need to keep its strong play going next week on the road at 12-2 Houston and at home against the Green Bay Packers in the regular-season finale.
Here's how the Vikings scored one of their most impressive all-around efforts on Sunday:
Pass offense: C
Minnesota's game plan again revolved around the running game, understandably. A big early lead also played right into the Vikings' hands and allowed them to stick with the plan. Quarterback Christian Ponder nearly had at least one pass intercepted when it went through the defensive backs...