Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Vikings clinch division crown

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Vikings won the NFC North by holding on for a 20-13 win Sunday night over the Packers.

Adrian Peterson ran for a touchdown, cornerback Captain Munnerlyn returned a fumble 55 yards for a score, and Minnesota claimed its first division title since 2009.

The Vikings host the Seahawks in a wild-card playoff game next Sunday. Green Bay, which saw its four-year reign atop the NFC North end, will travel to East Division champion Washington next Sunday for a first-round playoff game.

The upstart Vikings survived despite a shaky finish in hostile territory. The defense knocked away a desperation pass in the end zone from Aaron Rodgers on fourth down as time expired.

Packers kicker Mason Crosby forced a fumble on Cordarrelle Patterson's potentially field-flipping 70-yard kickoff return with 5:21 left. But the Packers' next drive ended with Rodgers being intercepted in the end zone by former FSU cornerback Xavier Rhodes.

The Packers were swept at home by their three NFC North division rivals, the first time they went winless at home in their division since 1968, the season after Vince Lombardi retired as coach.

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