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Vikings win in Jacksonville but the playoff picture isn't any clearer

The Vikings beat the Jaguars but didn't get any help from the Lions and Redskins.
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The Vikings' playoff hopes aren't any clearer after Sunday's 25-16 road win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The game was again an offensive bore for the Vikings with the exception of some much-needed explosive plays, including three of them 40-plus yards in the first half. But it was the same old story at the goal line as Matt Asiata was stuffed on a fourth-and-goal run from the one and he later lost a fumble on another carry at the one.

Minnesota actually trailed 16-12 in the second half after a touchdown pass from Blake Bortles to Bryan Walters, and then a rare one-yard touchdown run by Asiata put the Vikes on top 18-16 and the score stayed that way after Kai Forbath shanked an extra point wide left.

Sam Bradford's 2-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph put the game out of reach late in the fourth quarter. Rudolph is now tied with Steve Jordan for the most tight end touchdowns in Vikings history (28).

Game stats

  • Sam Bradford: 24 of 32, 292 yards, 1 TD
  • Matt Asiata: 11 carries, 37 yards, 1 TD
  • Jerick McKinnon: 14 carries, 31 yards
  • Adam Thielen: 4 catches, 101 yards
  • Kyle Rudolph: 4 catches, 60 yards, 1 TD
  • Sacks - Everson Griffen (2), Brian Robison, Danielle Hunter

Minnesota came into Sunday with hopes of winning while the Giants, Lions, Buccaneers, Redskins and Packers all lost. So far, the Lions beat the Bears 20-17 and the Redskins topped the Eagles 27-22. This afternoon features the Bucs-Saints and Packers-Seahawks followed by tonight's Cowboys-Giants game.

NFC North

  1. Lions: 9-4
  2. Vikings: 7-6
  3. Packers: 7-6
  4. Bears: 3-10

Wild Card

  1. Giants: 8-4
  2. Buccaneers: 8-5
  3. Redskins: 7-5-1
  4. Vikings: 7-6
  5. Packers: 7-6

Week 15 key games

  • Packers at Bears
  • Lions at Giants
  • Vikings vs. Colts
  • 49ers at Falcons
  • Bucs at Cowboys
  • Redskins vs. Panthers

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