Ranking the Vikings preferred first-round playoff opponents

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New York Giants

The New York Giants will be a tough opponent, but then again, any of the Wild Card teams will come to U.S. Bank Stadium and push the Vikings to their limits in an effort to move on to the next round of the playoffs.

In their last meeting, the Vikings made mistakes but overcame them, even having a head in the fourth quarter. There aren’t many reasons to think that Minnesota couldn’t do it again when in a win-or-go-home situation,

The Vikings held Saquon Barkley in check through most of the game until a late run burst through the defense for a long score. If the defense can hold again, Minnesota would have an excellent chance at getting a win.

The Minnesota Vikings will most likely face the Giants unless they can leapfrog the 49ers in the NFC standings. Unless the Vikings win AND the 49ers lose, they will get that third seed and face off against the sixth seed, which is locked into New York.