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NFL playoff schedule 2013: Vikings head to Green Bay for first-round rubber match

After clinching a playoff berth with a win over the Packers, the Vikings will face Green Bay once again this coming Saturday.


The Minnesota Vikings clinched their first playoff birth since 2009 with a last-second win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, and they'll be tasked with doing it again in the first round of the NFL playoffs, but this time on the road. The Vikings will travel to face the Packers in the rubber match of a split season series, one in which the home teams were victorious.

Minnesota fell to the Packers 23-14 at Lambeau Field in the first week of December -- a game that they lost despite running back Adrian Peterson rushing for 210 yards on just 21 carries. Quarterback Christian Ponder was just 12-25 for 119 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in that game, compiling a 41.9 quarterback rating. He was much better in Minnesota's win on Sunday, and he'll need to continue to play that way to give Minnesota a chance to do something in the playoffs. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday night on NBC.

Elsewhere around the league, the other NFC game features the Washington Redskins hosting the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. CT on FOX. In the AFC, the Cincinnati Bengals will visit the Houston Texans at 3:30 p.m. CT on Saturday on NBC, while the Indianapolis Colts will travel to face the Baltimore Ravens at noon on Sunday on CBS.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.