Around The NFC North: Lions Make The Playoffs, Vikings Lose Adrian Peterson

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 24: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings is helped off the field after being injured in the third quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on December 24, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Detroit Lions Are Playoff Bound - Pride Of Detroit. How can you not feel good for fans of the Detroit Lions. Their team made the playoffs for the first time since 1999. They have their first 10 win season since 1995. And they accomplished both tasks at home as they dominated a good Chargers team. If the Green Bay Packers meet the Lions in the playoffs, then I expect to see the Packers destroy them at Lambeau Field. But in the meantime, it's been a very good season for a long suffering franchise.

Sources: Peterson likely tore ACL vs. Redskins - NFL - Yahoo! Sports. While the Vikings technically won their game over the Redskins, they suffered two major losses for their franchise.

First, after the Colts had an improbable win over the Texans on Thursday night, the Vikings had moved into a tie for the No. 1 overall pick and the right to draft Andrew Luck. A third win doesn't do anything to turn that possibility into a reality.

Second, franchise RB Adrian Peterson suffered a brutal knee injury. A source said "I'll be happy if it's just the ACL." Clutch16 provided the ugly gif here. If he's torn multiple ligaments, then visions of Daunte Culpepper will be dancing in Viking fans' heads tonight, and it could mean he'll miss the entire 2012 season. Packers TE Andrew Quarless recently tore multiple knee ligaments and there's already talk of a lost season.

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