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Dublin: 8°C Monday 17 May 2021

This unreal back-handed interception couldn't stop the Vikings beating Green Bay

Here’s what the NFL post-season is going to look like after week 17 came to a close.

THE REGULAR SEASON of the NFL came to an end last night with plenty of shuffling for playoff places left to be done.

The final game in week 17 brought the two contenders for the NFC north grill to grill in Lambeau Field, and it was the visitors who took the title for the first time since 2009.

Despite an incredible back-hand interception Micah Hyde off a Teddy Bridgewater toss, the Vikings owned the third quarter going from 6 – 3 to 20 -3 entering the fourth quarter thanks to Adrian Peterson and a contentious fumble return run in by Captain Munnerlyn.

The defence stayed strong for Minnesota limiting Aaron Rodgers’ rally to 10 points, mainly thanks to Xavier Rhodes’ interception of a would-be touchdown pass.

Vikings Packers Football Rhodes also knocked down Rodgers' late hail mary to deny the Packers one last time. Source: Matt Ludtke

The prize for the NFC North-winning Vikings is a home playoff berth next weekend, but they must host last year’s Super Bowl runners-up, Seattle Seahawks. The Packers meanwhile, travel to Washington later that night.

The Panthers and Cardinals will have the weekend off while awaiting the lowest and highest remaining seed respectively.

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In the AFC, the Broncos took top seed after making hard work of seeing off the San Diego Chargers 27 – 20, while the Patriots slipped to second after a 10 – 20 defeat to Miami Dolphins.

The week off before facing the highest remaining seed out of Saturday’s Wildcard games — Bengals (3) v Steelers (6), Texans (4) v Chiefs (5) – will be welcome for Brady and the Patriots as the star quarterback was nursing his ankle in the post-match press conference thanks to this hit from Ndamukong Suh.

Get well soon, Tom!

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Sunday, 10 January: NFC games

Minnesota Vikings (3) v Seattle Seahawks (6) — 18.05 Irish time.

Washington (4) v Green Bay Packers (5) — 21.40 Irish time

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Sean Farrell

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