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The Vikings will host the Seahawks on Sunday in first round of playoffs

By Derek Wetmore

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The scene is set. Now that the Vikings have won the NFC North with a 20-13 victory in Green Bay, the Vikings will turn their eyes to the NFL playoffs.

For their first playoff game since 2012, the Vikings will play host to the Seattle Seahawks at noon Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings (11-5) improved by four wins from Mike Zimmer’s first season as head coach. No. 3-seeded Minnesota will host the No. 6-seeded Seahawks, who finished 10-6.

The Seahawks are on tear lately, though, averaging 32 points in the past eight games, including a 36-6 stomping of the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon. Seattle is 6-2 in that stretch.

There were three possibilities when the sun rose Sunday in Green Bay. If the Vikings won, they would have been assured of the NFC North title, and thus would host the Seattle Seahawks, regardless of the outcome of the game between the Seahawks and Cardinals.

If the Vikings lost, however, the Packers would have won the division. That would mean that the Vikings would have traveled to the nation’s capital to play Washington if Seattle had lost. If Seattle won, the Vikings would be making a return trip to Lambeau Field next week to play the Packers once more.

Before the Vikings kicked off, the Seahawks had already wrapped up an impressive 36-6 victory in the desert. So the only way the Vikings would have played in Washington would have been if Minnesota and Green Bay tied Sunday.

But with the Vikings win, they set up their first home playoff game since 2009, when Brett Favre was the quarterback for a victory over Dallas.

The post The Vikings will host the Seahawks on Sunday in first round of playoffs appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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