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Win over Packers gives Vikings control of NFC wild-card race

Kirk Cousins had a monster game for the Vikings.

The top spot in the NFC wild-card race belongs to the Vikings after they beat the Packers 24-17 Sunday night at U.S. Bank Stadium. 

NFC wild-card standings: 

  1. Vikings (6-4-1)
  2. Redskins (6-5)
  3. Seahawks (6-5)
  4. Panthers (6-5)
  5. Eagles (5-6)
  6. Packers (4-6-1)

Minnesota plays at New England this coming Sunday followed by a massive showdown on Monday Night Football on the road against the Seattle Seahawks. 

Key takeaways from the win over the Packers:

  • Kirk Cousins completed 29-of-38 passes for 342 yards and 3 touchdowns. 
  • Adam Thielen had 8 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown. 
  • Stefon Diggs had 8 catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. 
  • Dalvin Cook caught 3 passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. 
  • Sheldon Richardson had 2 of the Vikings' 4 sacks on Aaron Rodgers. 
  • Dan Bailey made just 1-of-3 field goals, although one miss was from 56 yards. 
  • Aaron Rodgers was held to 198 passing yards. 
  • Xavier Rhodes left the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent hamstring injury. 

Meanwhile, the Packers' season is on the brink of elimination as they fall to 4-6-1 and two wins behind the wild card leaders. 

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