When the Packers last made a trip to the desert, they might as well have been set upon by snakes and scorpions for all the fun they had. Arizona throttled Green Bay, 38-8 in Week 16, leaving the visitors confused about their future and wondering whether the 2015 season would be one of ultimate disappointment.
The final game of the NFL's Wild Card Weekend resides in Washington, D.C., where the Redskins host the Packers. In a weird twist, Washington fans were rooting for a matchup against Green Bay considering how the Packers limped to the finish line.
The Minnesota Vikings (11-5) secured their first NFC North division title since 2009 with a 20-13 win at Green Bay in Week 17. But after earning the No. 3 seed, the Vikings face a tough opening matchup in the NFC playoffs.
Since Green Bay couldn’t stop the Arizona juggernaut last Sunday in the desert, it must now conquer the Vikings for a second time in the season or end up consigned to a road trip during the first week of the postseason. It’s not the best situation for a team that was at one point 6-0 and presumably headed for big things.
Thanks to an uninspired performance against the Falcons in Atlanta last week, any dreams the Carolina Panthers (14-1) had of a perfect season have come to an abrupt end. The Panthers must now re-focus and set their sights on locking up the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage for the NFC playoffs.
The Minnesota Vikings (9-5) look to clinch a playoff spot in Sunday's primetime matchup against the New York Giants (6-8). The Vikings hold the first of two NFC wild card spots and are one game behind Green Bay for the division title. Minnesota would clinch a postseason spot with a win or tie, an Atlanta loss or tie or a Seattle win or tie.