Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings earned the wild-card spot the Giants were hoping for - USA TODAY Sports
The Washington Redskins won the NFC East on Sunday and the Minnesota Vikings earned the final wild-card spot.
The Washington Redskins are the NFC East champions by virtue of Sunday's 28-18 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. The Redskins earned it, winning seven straight games to finish the season. So, congratulations to them.
Considering their success, you have to believe many teams will incorporate elements of their 'Pistol' offense next season. As for the Dallas Cowboys, after a three-interception performance by Tony Romo and a second straight final game of the season loss to fall short of the playoffs you have to wonder if Romo and head coach Jason Garrett have reached the end of the line in Dallas.
The Minnesota Vikings ended up with the NFC wild-card spot the Giants were hoping for Sunday. Minnesota defeated the Green Bay Packers, 37-34. Adrian Peterson, by the way, gained 199 yards rushing and fell just nine yards short of Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards.
Here is your NFL Wild-Card Weekend playoff schedule:
Saturday, January 5
AFC: 4:30 p.m. (ET)
Cincinnati at Houston (NBC)
NFC: 8 p.m. (ET)
Minnesota at Green Bay (NBC)
Sunday, January 6
AFC: 1 p.m. (ET)
Indianapolis at Baltimore (CBS)
NFC: 4:30 p.m. (ET)
Seattle at Washington/Dallas (FOX)
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