NFC North Sunday programming note

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- OK. It's time to start the trek back to NFC North blog headquarters. I feel reasonably confident I've left you with enough to chew on for the balance of the day.

My game column from late Saturday night/early Sunday morning suggests the Green Bay Packers have transformed into the kind of team they need to be in order to defeat the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional playoff round. I offered some further "Quick Take" thoughts on the matchup as well.

The Minnesota Vikings, on the other hand, concluded an uplifting season in bizarre fashion. I more or less accepted their explanation for why quarterback Christian Ponder couldn't play but questioned whether they should have been surprised by his condition. We also scrutinized their game plan with backup Joe Webb, who is an able runner but had no passing accuracy after becoming the first player in NFL history to start a playoff game without throwing a pass in the regular season first.

The Chicago Bears' coaching search is also updated in all its glory as it extends into a second week.

I'll check in when I return to HQ for any news. Otherwise, we'll be back to our full blogging slate -- complete with Free Head Exams for the Packers and Vikings -- on Monday morning. Have a great afternoon.