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Vikings Can Make Playoffs with Week 17 Win Against Bears

DETROIT — The scenario is a simple one for the Vikings.

Win on Sunday at home against Chicago, and Minnesota is headed to the playoffs.

"Win and in. That's how it is," Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer said Sunday after a 27-9 win in Detroit. "We're OK with that."

Added Vikings tight end David Morgan: "At the end of the day, we've got to do what we've got to do. We don't want it on someone else. It's all in our power still, so we've just got to do what we've got to do."

The Vikings, who are only in contention for a Wild Card spot, needed three scenarios to play out in Week 16 to clinch a postseason berth.

A pair of them — a Vikings win and a Washington loss — did happen. But Philadelphia rallied for a 32-30 win over Houston as the Eagles kicked a 35-yard field goal on the final play of the game.

Moments after wrapping up in Detroit, a few dozen Vikings huddled around a television on the far side of Minnesota's locker room as the drama played out in Philadelphia.

But there we no groans when the Eagles won, as the Vikings instead embraced the chance to control their own destiny.

"We were definitely watching the game. We control our own destiny," said Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen. "We've got to win next week. We want it to be that way, anyways, but we were watching the game.

Added Vikings running back Dalvin Cook: "If they would have won, it would have been a plus for us, but we've got to go play some good football next weekend."

The Vikings are trying to get to the postseason for the third time in the past four seasons under Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer. Minnesota won NFC North titles in 2015 and 2017.

The Vikings are still in play for either Wild Card spots. They can snag the fifth seed if Minnesota wins in Week 17 and Seattle loses one of its two remaining games. The Seahawks (8-6) host the Chiefs (11-3) on Sunday night.

If the Vikings lose in Week 17, Minnesota can also get in with an Eagles loss or tie.

View game action images as the Vikings take on the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday.

But as the page turns to Week 17, they are set on getting past the Bears, who have already claimed the division title.

The Bears scored a 25-20 win over the Vikings in Week 10 in Chicago.

"This is a team that beat us already, so we want to go redeem ourselves and play some good football," Cook said. "It's another chance for us to get better.

"It's going to be that type of atmosphere. All of the fans back home and whoever is watching, let's get it going. Let's get this thing as loud as possible because we're going to bring the energy, too," Cook later added. "We know it's going to be a playoff-atmosphere game, and that's how we like it. Around this time, there's no better game to play in than a playoff-atmosphere game, so we're going to be ready for it."

Kyle Rudolph, who had a career-high 122 receiving yards and touchdowns of 44 and 4 yards, said, "The bottom line is we have to go get a win next week. We don't want to leave it up to anyone else. We've said it the last couple weeks, that we control our own destiny, so now it's one game, and we've got to go get a win.

"Coach Zimmer says it all the time, 'We've got to empty the bucket,' and that's the way we have to play next week, at home," Rudolph added. "I'm really looking forward to that environment, being back at U.S. Bank Stadium, because it's going to be like a playoff game."