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Vikings Help NFL Continue Playoff Changeover Streak

The streak is still alive.

Since the NFL switched to a 12-team playoff format in 1990, there have been at least four new postseason teams each year.

This season was no exception, as there are two teams from the NFC and two from the AFC.

The Vikings are a new playoff participant, along with the Washington Redskins, Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs.

Here's a glance at how each team reached the playoffs:

Minnesota Vikings

11-5, NFC North champions

Last playoff appearance: 2012

Will host Seattle at noon (CT) Sunday

The Vikings closed out the regular season in grand fashion, clinching the NFC North title in Green Bay with a 20-13 win over the Packers. Minnesota, which finished 11-5, was led offensively by running back Adrian Peterson and his league-leading 1,485 yards. Anchored by a stout defense that gave up less than 19 points per game, the Vikings will have payback on their mind in their playoff opener. Seattle won 38-7 over Minnesota in Week 13 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Washington Redskins

9-7, NFC East champions

Last playoff appearance: 2012

Will host Green Bay at 3:30 p.m. (CT) Sunday

The third different NFC East champion in the past three years, Washington sat at 4-6 entering the stretch run of the regular season. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, who set a franchise record for completions with 367, then got hot and led Washington to four straight victories. Although Washington didn't record a win against a team over .500, they have home-field advantage over Green Bay.

Houston Texans

9-7, AFC South Champions

Last playoff appearance: 2012

Will host Kansas City at 3:30 p.m. (CT) Saturday

Houston started four different quarterbacks this season as the Texans used a late surge to make the playoffs by winning seven of their last nine games. Led by defensive end J.J. Watt and his 17.5 sacks, Houston's defense ranked third in the league by allowing just over 310 total yards per game. The Texans lost at home to Kansas City in Week 1.

Kansas City Chiefs

11-5, AFC Wild Card team

Last playoff appearance: 2013

Will play at Houston at 3:30 (CT) Saturday

Sitting at 1-5 earlier this season, Kansas City looked like it was heading for a lost season. Now the Chiefs are the hottest team in the NFL and have won 10 straight games. Although they'll be on the road to start the playoffs, they'll do so in a familiar place. Kansas City opened the season with a 27-20 victory in Houston. The Chiefs have lost eight consecutive playoff games.




7 (Cincinnati, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles Raiders, Miami, New Orleans, Washington)


5 (Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, New York Jets)


6 (Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco)


5 (Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Los Angeles Raiders, New York Giants)


5 (Chicago, Cleveland, Miami, New England, San Diego)


4 (Atlanta, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Philadelphia)


5 (Carolina, Denver, Jacksonville, Minnesota, New England)


5 (Detroit, Kansas City, Miami, New York Giants, Tampa Bay)


5 (Arizona, Atlanta, Buffalo, Dallas, New York Jets)


7 (Detroit, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Washington)


6 (Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, New York Giants, Oakland, Philadelphia)


6 (Chicago, Green Bay, New England, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Francisco)


5 (Atlanta, Cleveland, Indianapolis, New York Giants, Tennessee)


8 (Baltimore, Carolina, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, New England, St. Louis, Seattle)


5 (Atlanta, Minnesota, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Diego)


7 (Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, New York Giants, Tampa Bay, Washington)


7 (Baltimore, Dallas, Kansas City, New Orleans, New York Jets, Philadelphia, San Diego)


6 (Green Bay, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Washington)


7 (Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia)


6 (Cincinnati, Dallas, Green Bay, New England, New Orleans, New York Jets)


5 (Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Seattle)


6 (Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Houston, New York Giants, San Francisco)


4 (Indianapolis, Minnesota, Seattle, Washington)


5 (Carolina, Kansas City, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Diego)


5 (Arizona, Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Pittsburgh)


4 (Houston, Kansas City, Minnesota, Washington)

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