DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 11: Joe Webb #14 of the Minnesota Vikings drops back to pass during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 11, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Vikings 34-28. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Only three teams in the NFL still have a chance at the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and the Minnesota Vikings are one of those three teams. At 2-11, the Vikings are challenging the 2-10 Rams (who play on Monday night) and the 0-13 Colts for the worst record in the NFL. The reward, of course, is the top pick in the NFL Draft.
Minnesota still can play spoiler in the NFC playoff chase. They play at New Orleans next week, and the Saints are battling the 49ers for the No. 2 seed and a first round bye in the playoffs. Green Bay has already clinched home field advantage in the NFC playoffs, but New Orleans and San Francisco are tied for the No. 2 spot and the valuable first round bye. San Francisco also must play Pittsburgh next week.
In the final week of the season the Vikings will play the Chicago Bears, whose playoff hopes took a major hit today when Tim Tebow led another stunning comeback for a 13-10 win. Chicago now has little margin for error, as they no longer control their playoff fate.