The home boys are vying for the top seed and hosting all their playoff games at Reliant Stadium, an opportunity made more likely by the San Francisco 49ers' defeat of the New England Patriots in Week 15.
The visitors currently have a hold on the second wild card spot in the NFC. To maintain their hold, they will probably have to win out. That means beating Houston and division foe Green Bay in their final two games.
The Vikings' postseason quest has an added dimension to it. RB Adrian Peterson is less than 300 yards away from breaking the single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards set by Eric Dickerson in 1984.
But thwarting the individual and team goals of Minnesota is more involved than stopping one man from setting a new rushing mark.