The Green Bay Packers controlled their own destiny: win the final two games of the season and they’d be in.
They can cross Week 17 off their to-do list.
Green Bay put on a show for their home fans on Sunday, defeating the Minnesota Vikings, this year’s NFC North champions, 41-17 to keep their playoff hopes alive.
As has been the case for quite some time in this historic rivalry, there was a lot of hype surrounding these two teams leading up to the game.
Last week, Minnesota clinched the division title. The Packers won three straight games to reclaim their playoff spot. And, of course, Packers top cornerback Jaire Alexander called Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson’s performance in the first meeting between these two teams this season – nine catches, 184 yards, two touchdowns – a fluke.
So, with tensions high at kickoff, this was shaping up to be a good game. But no one predicted what happened to the Packers.