Playoff Position on the Line for Pack, Vikes
Thursday, December 21, 2006
(Sports Network) - The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings will be fighting for their playoff lives on Thursday night, when the two longtime division rivals square off at Lambeau Field.
Both the Packers and Vikings begin Week 16 at 6-8, which puts them just a game back of the 7-7 Giants and Falcons for the NFC's second Wild Card spot. The clubs are part of a five-team pack that stands at 6-8, but superior conference marks place the duo at the forefront of that group. Minnesota has a 6-4 record against NFC foes heading into Thursday night, while the Packers are 5-5 within the conference.
The Packers received a solid contribution from their rushing tandem of Ahman Green (946 rushing yards, 38 receptions, 6 TD) and Vernand Morency (380 rushing yards, 2 TD, 16 receptions) in last week's win over Detroit, and will be seeking more production from the ground game this week. Green carried 22 times for 79 yards to draw ever-closer to the 1,000-yard plateau, also catching a game-high-tying seven passes totaling 44 yards.
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