Who saw this coming? At 6-6 and reeling, the Vikings ripped off four consecutive wins against quality competition. Their 37-34 victory over the Green Bay Packers sets up an NFC wild-card round rematch next week at Lambeau Field. The Packers blew their chance for the conference's No. 2 seed and a first-round bye.
Cowboys-Redskins on Sunday night was a win-and-in game for the NFC East title. Washington's 28-18 victory won the NFC and set up an all rookie quarterback showdown in D.C. next week. Seattle defeated the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to win the NFC East. Seattle is the NFC's No. 5 seed.
They blew an opportunity to clinch the AFC's No. 1 seed for a second consecutive week, this time with a 28-16 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Following wins by Denver and New England, Houston fell all the way to the No. 3 seed. Now the Texans will host the Cincinnati Bengals next week to open wild-card weekend. Houston lost three of its final four games by 57 points combined. What a stunning collapse for a 12-4 team.
John Elway sends a hearty thanks to his Stanford buddy, Andrew Luck, for helping the Broncos grab the AFC's No. 1 seed. Am easy win over the Kansas City Chiefs, combined with the Texans' loss, locked up the spot for Denver. New England also owes its old rival in Indianapolis. The Patriots now get a bye and the No. 2 seed.