Black & Blue Division Turning PurpleThe Minnesota Vikings are set to solidify control of the NFC North and the long-dominant Green Bay Packers.
Vikings Hope To Take Their Home Success On The RoadThe Minnesota Vikings are unbeaten at home and winless on the road. With back-to-back games at division rivals the next two weeks, they hope they can duplicate their home success on the road.
Green Bay Packers Inury Report: Rodgers, Lacy Probable For NFC Title GameThe Green Bay Packers listed both their starting quarterback (Aaron Rodgers) and running back (Eddie Lacy) on the injury report as limited participants in Thursday's practice. The team estimated that the two players would have been limited on Friday as well and gave both a probable chance to play on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in the NFC championship game. The Packers list four players on their injury report and the Seahawks list seven (two not injury related) on theirs.
Packers Ready For Rematch In SeattleThe Green Bay Packers played the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1 as the first game of the season. This week, the Packers will look to avenge their 36-16 loss in the opener. Both teams are different teams than in that first meeting, but Bovada sees the Seahawks as 7.5 point favorites at home.
Injury Report: Rodgers Probable To Play Sunday For The PackersThe Green Bay Packers begin their playoff season against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday at Lambeau Field and Aaron Rodgers will be a part of it. The MVP favorite quarterback has been nursing a strained calf to his left leg. The Packers list five players on their injury report and the Cowboys list 12 players on theirs.
Packers Look To Change Recent Playoff TrendThe Green Bay Packers have made the playoffs in each of the last three seasons since winning the Super Bowl. However, they have failed to get past the divisional round and have just one win in that time frame. The Packers want to change that fortunate this weekend. The last time the Packers and Dallas Cowboys played a playoff game at Lambeau Field was the famed Ice Bowl.
Team Grades: Lions Season Ends In DallasThe Detroit Lions had a lead in their playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys, but couldn't hold on for the win.
No Vikings Make NFL's All-Pro TeamsThe Minnesota Vikings have another reminder of a tough season: No one made the 2014 Associated Press NFL All-Pro teams. The selections announced Friday end a mini-streak for the Vikings, which had at least one All-Pro in each of the past three seasons.
Blocked Kicks Are Reason For Concern For The Packers In the PlayoffsThe Green Bay Packers do not have many holes in their game as they enter the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the NFC. However, one is their blocking in the kicking game. They allowed more combined blocked field goals, extra point attempts and punts than they had in the previous five seasons combined.
Bye Week Will Help Rodgers Get Healthy For Packers Playoff RunThe Green Bay Packers do not have to play this Sunday. That is a good thing as quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be able to get some extra rest before the Packers begin their run toward the Super Bowl. They will host one of three teams in the Divisional Round. Their opponent will be determined by the outcome of the Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys game.
Opponent Profile: Lions Prepare For Cowboys' Potent OffenseThe Detroit Lions have to face the Dallas Cowboys and their excellent offense, perhaps without Ndamukong Suh.
Team Grades: Vikings Get Zimmer First Win Over Division Rival In Season FinaleThe Minnesota Vikings outlasted the Chicago Bears for a 13-9 victory Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings finish the season with the third best record in the NFC North, despite winning just one inter-divisional game. The Vikings' good, but not great, performances from the offense, defense and special teams units helped bring the win home.