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Vikings’ playoff clinching scenarios for Sunday

By Andrew Krammer

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to 6-8 with a loss to the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night, so the Vikings gained part of the help they’d need to clinch a playoff spot by this weekend.

The Vikings (8-5) now hold a 2.5-game lead over the Buccaneers for the final NFC wild-card spot, with the Atlanta Falcons (6-7) and NFC East trio of Washington (6-7), Philadelphia (6-7) and New York (6-7) the closest. To secure a playoff spot by Sunday, the Vikings will need to defeat or tie the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium and need a combination of others to lose or tie. The Vikings can go above and beyond a wild-card spot and take the NFC North should they win the final three games, ending Jan. 3 at Lambeau Field.

Here are the scenarios, according to NFL spokesperson Randall Liu.

Vikings’ official Week 15 playoff clinching scenarios
1. MIN win + WAS loss or tie + ATL loss or tie
2. MIN win + WAS loss or tie + SEA loss or tie
3. MIN win + NYG loss or tie + ATL loss or tie
4. MIN win + NYG loss or tie + SEA loss or tie
5. MIN tie + ATL loss or tie + PHI loss or tie + WAS loss
6. MIN tie + ATL loss or tie + PHI loss or tie + NYG loss
7. MIN tie + ATL loss or tie + WAS loss or tie + NYG loss or tie
(As long as WAS and NYG both don’t tie)

The relevant matchups: WAS@BUF, ATL@JAX, CLE@SEA and PHI@AZ

The post Vikings’ playoff clinching scenarios for Sunday appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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