Despite loss, Vikings still in playoff picture

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The numbers don't lie.

Had the Vikings defeated Chicago Sunday, their Week 13 game against Green Bay would have been for the NFC North lead. Now the Vikings are hanging on to hopes that they can secure a Wild Card spot.

To that end, all is not lost -- yet.

Minnesota is 6-5, tied for the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs with five games to go.

Seattle and Tampa Bay also lost Sunday, and both have identical 6-5 records.But right now, according to, the Seahawks -- via tiebreakers -- are in, while the Vikings and Buccaneers are out.

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