The Green Bay Packers’ playoff hopes may have come to an end on Monday night, but their 2017 season will still continue for another two weekends. The final stretch of 2017 begins on Saturday night with the final home game of the season against a bitter divisional rival.
The Packers host the Vikings on Saturday of Week 16 for the second straight season, doing so on Christmas Eve a season ago. That game went the Packers’ way as Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdowns and ran for a fifth while Jordy Nelson racked up almost 150 yards through the air with two scores as the Packers went on to win the division.
This week, the Packers will instead hope to play spoiler for a pair of NFC North rivals over the final two games of the season. Minnesota currently holds the second seed in the NFC, but a Packers win would put a first-round bye in jeopardy — three other teams are just one game back of the Vikings in the NFC, though the Carolina Panthers are the only ones who would hold the tiebreaker over Minnesota. Then, a Packers win in week 17 would likely eliminate the Detroit Lions from playoff contention.
Tune in on Saturday for the first of these final two games. Here’s how to do just that.
Minnesota Vikings (11-3) and Green Bay Packers (7-7)
Saturday, December 23, 2017
7:30 PM Central Time (8:30 Eastern)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
NBC (national broadcast)
Commentators: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michelle Tafoya
NBC Sports Live
NBC Sports Live App
Vikings favored by 9 points
Over/under total: 41
Week 6, 2017
@Vikings 23, Packers 10
Week 16, 2016
@Packers 38, Vikings 25
All-Time Series Record
Regular Season: Packers lead 59-51-2
Playoffs: Tied 1-1