The Vikings again showed an impressive bounce-back factor on Sunday to take down the Falcons 20-10 for their fourth straight win on the road.
Minnesota has followed losses this season with two wins in a row, five wins in a row and Sunday's victory with five games to play.
The Vikings (8-3) have the third-best record in the NFC and are ahead of the Packers (7-4) for first place in the NFC North.
Much can happen between now and Jan. 3, 2016, when the divisional rivals are scheduled to renew the Border Battle.
If the postseason started next weekend, the seeds would be:
No. 1 Seed — Carolina (11-0), NFC South
No. 2 Seed — Arizona (9-2), NFC West
No. 3 Seed — Minnesota (8-3), NFC North
No. 4 Seed — Washington (5-6), NFC East
No. 5 Seed — Green Bay (7-4), Wild Card
No. 6 Seed — Seattle (6-5), Wild Card
Carolina and Arizona would have first-round byes.
Minnesota and Washington would host Wild Card games, with the Seahawks visiting the Vikings.
Ironically, Seattle is next up for Minnesota and will visit the Vikings at noon (CT) on Dec. 6 at the University of Minnesota.
Other Week 13 action includes: Green Bay at Detroit (Dec. 3), Carolina at New Orleans and Arizona at St. Louis (Dec. 6) and Dallas at Washington (Dec. 7).
After hosting the Seahawks, the Vikings will have a quick turnaround against the Cardinals on Dec. 10 for Thursday Night Football in Arizona.