To pull off a second consecutive win over the Packers, the Vikings will have to contend with the cold weather -- and Aaron Rodgers -- on Saturday night in the wild-card game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
The Vikings know how to finish a season. In the last regular-season game at the Metrodome, they hosted the Packers to one of the great games in the history of their rivalry. It wasn't perfectly performed, but for drama's sake it's has few to match it, as the Vikings outlasted the Packers and earned the opportunity to meet them next Saturday in the playoffs at Lambeau Field.
Vikings center John Sullivan just missed making the Pro Bowl when the announcements were made on Wednesday. He was chosen to be a first alternate (along with fellow offensive lineman rookie LT Matt Kalil), but that designation won't get him the $500,000 bonus he would have received had he been voted onto the team.