Surprise! The Vikings are in the playoffs. - USA TODAY Sports
|MINNESOTA VIKINGS (10-6)||WC||GREEN BAY PACKERS (11-5)|
|Date:||5 January 2013
||Location:||Green Bay, WI|
|Time:||7:00 PM Central||Stadium:||Lambeau Field|
Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch. 225
Sirius Ch. 92
(Westwood One Ch. 88)
|TV Announcers:||Al Michaels
|Know Thy Foe:||Acme Packing Company|
|Chris' Prediction:||Taking the 5th on this one|
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-Basically, thou shalt not be a jackwagon in the game thread.
Well, things just got a bit interesting here, didn't they?
For those that may not have heard, the Minnesota Vikings have declared starting quarterback Christian Ponder inactive for tonight's contest with an elbow injury. That means Joe Webb will be the starter tonight at Lambeau Field, and in so doing will become the first quarterback in NFL history to start a playoff game without attempting a pass in the entire regular season.
No pressure or anything, Spider-Man.
Okay, what follows is what I had initially typed up for my preview piece before all of this. It still applies.
The Minnesota Vikings are playing what, essentially, is their fifth consecutive elimination game this evening, as the 2012 NFL Playoffs begin at Lambeau Field. They've won their last four against teams that finished the 2012 regular season with a record of 40-23-1, including a victory over this same Green Bay Packers team just six days ago at the Metrodome.
Any season where the Minnesota Vikings play more than 16 games is a good one in my books. Nobody outside of the players' families expected this team to be here in this situation, but here they are. They're playing their best football of the year at the right time. . .can they continue reaching down and coming up with great performances now that a loss means the end of their season?
However this game goes, it's been a great ride over the course of this season, from the draft to the stadium drama to everything that's happened on the actual field of play. Here's hoping that we'll all be able to come back here next week and watch our favorite football team attempt to knock off the Atlanta Falcons and make a return trip to the NFC Championship Game.