Vikings vs. Texans: Minnesota's Biggest Winners and Losers from Week 16

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Vikings vs. Texans: Minnesota's Biggest Winners and Losers from Week 16
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What a difference a year can make.

A year ago, on Christmas Eve, the Minnesota Vikings won their third game of the season, but not a lot of Minnesota fans were celebrating a victory that not only saw Adrian Peterson shred his left knee, but also saw them lose a shot at one of the two prized quarterbacks in the coming draft.

A year later, and two days before Christmas, the Minnesota Vikings went on the road and thoroughly whipped one of the best teams in the NFL, dominating the Houston Texans from start to finish, winning 23-6 and taking a giant step forward in their quest to make the playoffs just a year after a 3-13 season.

The Vikings won their third straight game and second straight on the road to improve to 9-6 and stay alive in what looks like will be a wild final Sunday in determining who's in and who's out of the NFC playoffs.

The Texans fall to 12-3 and missed out on a chance to clinch home field throughout the AFC playoffs.

We take a look at the winners and losers from Minnesota's stunning, dominating win over the Texans.

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