Updated: Vikings must win to reach playoffs

MINNEAPOLIS -- The back door to the playoffs has closed for the Minnesota Vikings, and they now have only one path to get to the playoffs: They must defeat the Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon at the Metrodome.

When the day started, a scenario existed in which the Vikings could lose to the Packers and still advance if the New York Giants, Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys all lost their respective Week 17 games.

But the Giants' resounding 42-7 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles eliminated that scenario. If the Vikings lose to the Packers, their season will be over.

To that end, I'll be over in our Countdown Live chat during the Packers-Vikings game. Please do join us.