(NEW YORK) — Win and you’re in. That’s the mindset the Minnesota Vikings take into their final home game of the season against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
The Vikings currently hold on to the final playoff spot in the NFC and can’t afford to lose on Sunday. Even so, Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder says he’s playing it cool.
“I’m not going to try and put extra pressure on myself, it’s the most important game of the year because it’s the next one,” said Ponder. “We’re not treating it like any bigger.”
The Vikings are 6-1 this season at home and Adrian Peterson is just 208 yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson’s 1984 single-season rushing record. The last time these two teams faced off, Peterson rushed for 210 yards.
“I do good with pressure, I’m able to just relax and understand if it happens it happens, if not it wasn’t meant to happen,” said Peterson.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is hoping the team can spoil the Vikings final home game.
“We’re in a position right now to control our fate, to get the No. 2 seed with the win,” said Rodgers. “We need to make them one-dimensional.”
If the Packers were to win, Minnesota would need the Cowboys, Giants and Bears to lose to get in.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN