MINNEAPOLIS A little over a month ago, the Minnesota Vikings and quarterback Christian Ponder were licking their wounds after a tough loss at Lambeau Field and lamenting a missed chance at a key road win against the Green Bay Packers because of two interceptions thrown by Ponder.
Minnesota spoke then of the necessity of having to win-out to have any hopes of reaching the postseason. Four wins over four weeks, with games against four playoff hopefuls. First was a 21-14 win against the Chicago Bears, followed by a 36-22 win at St. Louis and a 23-6 win at Houston. As unlikely as a postseason run once seemed, the Vikings knew they could finish it off with a home win against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
Minnesota is headed to the playoffs, following last year's 3-13 record which tied the franchise mark for fewest wins in a season, thanks to rookie Pro Bowl kicker Blair Walsh's 29-yard field goal as time expired in Sunday's 37-34 win.
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