CHICAGO -- Minnesota might have kissed away its first-round playoff bye Monday night at Soldier Field.
That’s the upshot of its stunning loss to a Chicago team that appeared to have mailed in the season weeks ago. The Vikings overcame a 16-0 halftime deficit to force overtime but ultimately lost for the third time in four games. Devin Aromashodu’s 39-yard touchdown reception, one play after Minnesota tailback Adrian Peterson fumbled, saw to that.
More important, the Vikings 11-4 record leaves them tied with Philadelphia in the NFC’s playoff seeding.
The Eagles own the tiebreaker over the Vikings, based on conference record, and thus would claim the NFC’s No. 2 seed with a victory Sunday over Dallas. The Vikings would host a playoff game during wild-card weekend.
Minnesota will be left to wonder why it opened this game so flat, and they walked into the locker room knowing that overtime wouldn’t have been necessary if Bears defensive tackle Israel Idonije hadn’t blocked a third-quarter extra point. They’ll have all week -- and possibly the offseason as well -- to mull it over.