The Packers had a chance to do their Viking brothers a really big favor last night and beat the Bears, catapulting the Vikings into the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Packers found converting a 38-yard field goal at the end of the game too challenging and the Bears wound up winning in overtime. Now the Vikings will have to either beat the Giants or have the Bears lose to Houston if they want to claim the division crown.
Before this weekend, I was pretty confident the Vikes were going to make the post-season, but now? I’m shaky. Not quite as shaky as Adrian Peterson‘s grip on the ball, but getting there. Prevailing over the Giants will be a tall order, and though Houston has had a decent season, I don’t feel all that safe pinning my hopes on their ability to defeat a highly-motivated Chicago team. I have begun feeling that sensation all Vikings fans know so well – the sense of imminent choking, gagging, puking, stumbling, fumbling doom we’ve all been conditioned to experience once the stakes get high.