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Around The NFC North Week 13

With the Packers loss on Thursday night they haven't yet clinched a playoff spot yet. One more win and one more Detroit loss will do the trick.

Minnesota was pounded 34-0 by the Packers three weeks ago, but since then they've rattled off three consecutive wins to pull themselves back up to 6-6. They dominated Detroit on Sunday and it looks like Detroit is done. They've got four very winnable remaining games on the schedule (at S.F., Chicago, Washington, at Denver) and should be in great shape for a run at the wild card. They can't overtake the Packers for the division lead since the Packers beat them twice and own the tiebreaker against them.

I was watching part of this game and I have no idea how Chicago managed to lose it. QB Eli Manning looked lost for the 2nd week in a row. However RB Derrick Ward's great game kept them in it until Manning was able to straighten himself out and make some big passes on the game winning TD drive. That's a huge blow to Chicago's wild card chances since they're still below .500 and this was a loss against another potential wild card team for the tiebreaker.