Vikings have a path, slender as it may well be, to the No. one seed –

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The Vikings will safe the No. 6 seed, at worst, if the Rams lose to the 49ers on Saturday night. A Rams acquire over the 49ers, on the other hand, would be the very first move in a convoluted and sophisticated chain of the occasions that could conclusion with the 10-4 Vikings swiping the No. 1 seed from the currently 11-three 49ers, Seahawks, Saints, and Packers.

Many thanks to our study experts at NBC Sports, the street to Miami would go through Minneapolis if the Vikings beat the Packers and the Bears, if the Packers reduce to the Lions in 7 days seventeen (which would give Minnesota the division title), if Saints eliminate to the Panthers in 7 days seventeen (which would give the Vikings the No. two seed), if the 49ers drop to the Rams on Saturday, if the Seahawks get rid of to the Cardinals on Sunday, and if the Seahawks and 49ers tie in Week seventeen.

Which is pretty much certainly not likely to materialize even if the Seahawks and 49ers tie (which they virtually did before this yr), the Packers getting rid of to the Lions, the Saints shedding to the Panthers, and the Seahawks losing to the Cardinals appear significantly-fetched at best.

There is a further likely path that does not require a Week 17 tie in the 49ers-Seahawks rematch. It is hinges on the energy of victory tiebreaker, which would probably utilize to a 3-way tie at twelve-four between the Vikings, Seahawks, and Saints or the Vikings, 49ers, and Saints. This requires the Packers to drop out, the Saints to shed to the Panthers in Week 17, and the 49ers or Seahawks to lose this weekend and the loser this weekend to get the 49ers-Seahawks rematch future Sunday.

And, sure, the Vikings would be in considerably better shape to get the No. 1, 2, or 3 seed if they’d won alternatively of lost at Environmentally friendly Bay (ought to have won), at Kansas Metropolis (ought to have received), or at Seattle (could have received). This year, probably much more than at any time, 1 premature reduction has real consequences when it arrives to seeding, and as to the Vikings the price for their 4-four file absent from dwelling most likely will be owning to go 3- on the road in January to conclude a 43-y