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3:15 PM -The Vikings pulled of the win in Jacksonville. 

Minnesota blocked the Jaguars 61-yard field goal attempt and take a knee to close out the game.

Vikings win 25-16.

3:06 PM - The Vikings extend their lead on a  3-yard touchdown pass from Bradford to Kyle Rudolph, who is now tied for first in franchise history with 28 career receiving touchdowns. Minnesota leads 25-16 late in the fourth quarter.

2:56 PM - The Vikings defense holds strong with a quick three-and-out to force a punt. Minnesota takes over at its own 46-yard line with just over five minutes remaining.

2:50 PM - The Vikings don't score as Asiata fumbles at the goal line. Jacksonville recovers in the end zone for a touchback and has the ball at the 20-yard line.

2:45 PM - The Vikings keep their drive alive as the Jacksonville gets a personal foul for roughing the punter. Guard Brandon Fusco left the game with a concussion.

2:33 PM - Minnesota's defenses forces a quick three-and-out before rookie safety Jayron Kearse gets a hand on the ensuing punt. The Vikings will take over at their own 41-yard line.

2:25 PM - The Vikings regain the lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by Matt Asiata. Forbath's extra point try is no good as Minnesota leads 18-16. There is 14:13 left in the fourth quarter.

2:22 PM - The Vikings trail 16-12 at the end of the third quarter but are driving. Minnesota has the ball at Jacksonville's 3-yard line and have gone 59 yards in seven plays.

2:10 PM - Jacksonville takes its first lead of the game on a 14-yard yard touchdown pass. The Vikings secondary was flagged for 42 penalty yards on the drive. The Vikings trail 16-12.

2:03 PM - Cornerback Trae Waynes (concussion) and wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (ankle) are out for the remainder of the game.

1:59 pm - The Vikings regain the lead as Forbath remains perfect on the day with a 46-yard field goal, his fourth field goal of the day. Minnesota is up 12-9 with 8:29 left in the third quarter. Adam Thielen had  big 26-yard grab on the drive.

1:49 PM - The Vikings defense holds tough near the red zone, which pays off when Jacksonville misses a 41-yard field goal. Minnesota takes over on the Jaguars 31-yard line.

1:26 PM - The Vikings and Jaguars are tied at 9 at halftime. Kai Forbath has three field goals for Minnesota as Jason Myers has three field goals for Jacksonville. The Vikings are outgaining the Jaguars 185-160 in total yards.

1:22 PM -The game is tied up.

Jacksonville ties the game at 9-9 with a 24-yard field goal with nine seconds left in the second quarter.

1:10 PM - The Vikings are stuffed on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line. Jacksonville will take over at the same spot.

12:58 PM - The Jaguars counter with a field goal of their own, this one from 55 yards out, as Minnesota now leads 9-6 with just over six minutes left in the second quarter.

12:50 PM - The Vikings lead 9-3 as Forbath hits another field goal, this time from 40 yards out. Cordarrelle Patterson provided a boost with a 53-yard kickoff return to open the drive.

12:43 PM - Jacksonville cuts Minnesota's lead to 6-3 with a 45-yard field goal. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes had a strong pass breakup on the drive for the Vikings.

12:37 PM - The Vikings have a 6-0 lead over the Jaguars at the end of the first quarter. Kai Forbath has kicked a pair of field goals for the Vikings. Minnesota has 101 yards of total offense thanks to a pair of 40-plus yard passing plays, while Jacksonville has 36 yards of offense.

12:32 PM - The Vikings go three-and-out and are forced to punt after gaining just one yard. Jeff Locke punts it away as the Jaguars take over on their own 39-yard line.

12:27 PM - Minnesota forces another punt as the Jaguars drive stalls near midfield. Everyone Griffen had a sack on the series. Jacksonville extended its drive with a first-down run on a fake punt earlier in the drive. Minnesota will take over on its own 22-yard line.

12:19 PM - Minnesota gets another field goal as Forbath hits from 32 yards out for a 6-0 lead. The Vikings started their drive with another big play as Bradford connected with Adam Thielen for 41 yards.Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell is questionable to return with an ankle injury.

12:14 PM - The Vikings defense gets a quick three-and-out as Brian Robison gets his seventh sack of the season. The Vikings take over on their own 41-yard line after the punt.

12:07 PM - The Vikings get on the board on their opening drive with a 43-yard field goal by Kai Forbath. Minnesota had a big play early as Sam Bradford and Kyle Rudolph connected for a 44-yard pass on the Vikings first play of the game. Minnesota leads 3-0.

12:01 PM - Chad Greenway, Kyle Rudolph, Everson Griffen, Brian Robison and Rhett Ellison are today's captains for the Vikings. Jacksonville wins the toss and elects to defer. The Vikings will start with the ball.

View behind-the-scenes pregame gameday photos as the Vikings take on the Jaguars at EverBank Field in Jacksonville.

10:30 AM -Vikings safety Harrison Smith will miss his first game of the 2016 season for Sunday's matchup with the Jaguars.

Smith, who is dealing with an ankle injury, leads Minnesota with 97 total tackles tallied by coaches. He is one of three starters not playing against Jacksonville.

Safety Anthony Harris, who joined the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2015, will make his first start of the season and third career start.

Center Joe Berger is also inactive with a concussion. Berger will miss his second straight game. Nick Easton will make his second consecutive start at center for the Vikings.

Punt returner Marcus Sherels, one of two players in the NFL with a pair of punt returns for touchdowns this season, is also inactive.

Quarterback Taylor Heinicke, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, linebacker Edmond Robinson and tackle Rashod Hill are also inactive.

The Jaguars list of inactives is below:

QB Brandon Allen

RB Denard Robisnon

OL Jeremiah Poutasi

RB Chris Ivory

FS Peyton Thompson

C Bradon Linder

WR Allen Hurns

The Vikings enter the final quarter of the season sitting at 6-6, the same spot they were in 2012 before they – on the back of Adrian Peterson – rattled off four-straight wins to secure a playoff spot. This time around, they'll start that quest without Peterson, who's still sidelined with a knee injury, but will likely need to replicate their success from four years ago if they hope to make it back to the playoffs.

Heading into this weekend, none of the Vikings' final four opponents (Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Green Bay, and Chicago) are over .500, so the opportunity is there, and it starts this Sunday against the 2-10 Jaguars, who have lost seven games in a row heading into the matchup.

One thing that will certainly help the Vikings' playoff quest is the return of Head Coach Mike Zimmer, who after missing last Thursday's loss to the Cowboys due to his emergency eye surgery will be back this Sunday. Zimmer left the door open during his Friday press conference to possible coaching the game from the press box.

On the flip side, things won't get any easier without Harrison Smith, who has been ruled out due to an on-going ankle injury that he's been battling and playing through for about a month. C Joe Berger has also been ruled out, which is another tough blow, but given where we are in the season, the team is relatively healthy.

Jacksonville has ruled out several key players, mainly on offense, including WR Allen Hurns, TE Julius Thomas, and RB Denard Robinson. As a whole the unit is averaging 18.7 points per game, 27th in the league. The Vikings of course have had their share of offensive struggles, so the game could come down to which offense makes fewer mistakes.

To that point, on the defensive side of the ball, the Jaguars are 26th in points allowed but just 4th in yards allowed per game. That speaks to the fact the group is usually faced with short fields and tough situations to deal with.

If the Vikings' defense and special teams units can do what they've done for most of the season and be game-changers, the team should put itself in a position to take their first step towards a late-season playoff push.

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