When the Vikings (10-5) and Packers (10-5) renew the Border Battle for the 111th time (including playoffs) at 7:30 p.m. (CT) Sunday, it will mean more than a shot to claim an 11th win this season.
The NFC North title and No. 3 seed in the NFC Playoffs will go to the winner, meaning the victor will host a Wild Card game on the weekend of Jan. 9-10.
If Minnesota wins, they will host Seattle. If Green Bay wins, Minnesota will be the No. 5 or No. 6 seed, pending the outcome of Seattle's trip to Arizona. If the Seahawks (9-5) win, the Vikings will return to Green Bay. If the Seahawks lose to the Cardinals (14-2), Minnesota will visit NFC East champ Washington (8-7).
Enough about that, and on to 10 numbers of note to preview this week's matchup.
0 — times the Vikings have previously visited Lambeau Field for a regular season game in January
4 — interceptions returned for touchdowns by Harrison Smith, including a 35-yarder after picking off Eli Manning Sunday; Smith has 12 career interceptions, including one of Packers QB Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field (Dec. 12, 2012); Rodgers went from that night until Oct. 11, 2015, without throwing an interception in a home game
5 —net differential in turnover margin for the Vikings and Packers this season; Minnesota has 20 takeaways (12 interceptions and eight fumble recoveries) and 15 giveaways (eight interceptions and seven fumbles lost); Green Bay has the same totals of takeaways (15 interceptions, five fumble recoveries) and giveaways (seven interceptions and eight fumbles lost)
7 — Vikings quarterbacks who have thrown for 3,000 or more yards in a season, including Teddy Bridgewater, who has 3,132 on the season; the last QB to do so was Brett Favre (4,202 in 2009 when the Vikings last won the NFC North); Bridgewater joined Hall of Famer Warren Moon (8,492) and Favre (6,711) as the only QBs to throw for more than 6,000 yards over the course of their first two seasons with Minnesota
19 — points scored by Blair Walsh Sunday against the Giants, which is the most by an NFC player in a game this season, and apparently helped Chad Greenway win a fantasy football league (see tweet below); Walsh vaulted to fourth among NFL kickers in scoring this season (127 points)
26 —catches by Kyle Rudolph for 313 yards since the teams last met (including six for career highs of 106 yards and a long of 47 for a touchdown in Week 11); Rudolph has five receiving TDs on the season and has set a new career high with 495 yards
42 — sacks taken by the Vikings and Packers this season, including 3.0 of Bridgewater Sunday against New York and 8.0 of Rodgers at Arizona
43 — first downs gained by Green Bay because of opponent penalties; compared to 18 that have been gained after flags thrown against the Packers; that plus-25 differential is the largest spread in the NFL; the Giants are next at plus-18, followed by the Cardinals at plus-14; Minnesota has been awarded 28 first downs via penalty, compared to 34 awarded to Vikings opponents
51 —receptions by Stefon Diggs in 12 games, which is tied with Sammy White (1976) and Paul Flatley (1963) for third-most by a Vikings rookie receiver; Diggs ranks second among rookies in the NFL with 712 receiving yards* *
104 — yards needed by Adrian Peterson to overtake Robert Smith's 1,521 in 2000 that ranks third all-time in franchise history behind Peterson's 2,097 in 2012 and his 1,760 in 2008; Peterson enters Week 17 leading the NFL with 1,418 yards, which is 64 more than Tampa Bay's Doug Martin, and is trying to claim his third NFL rushing title