The Green Bay Packers did not get the bye week that they wanted to have in the 2012 postseason, but at least the Packers will be able to host a NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field.
The 11-5 and No. 3 seeded Packers will be taking on the 10-6 and No. 6 seeded Minnesota Vikings on Saturday night at the frozen tundra.
The Packers and Vikings split their 2012 season series at one game apiece, which included the 37-34 victory by the Vikings at the Humpty Dome in Minneapolis last Sunday.
That victory basically forced this game, as otherwise the Packers would have held on to the No. 2 seed and would be resting their walking wounded for a week. The Packers would have hosted a NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lambeau Field next weekend (after a bye this week), if they had held onto the No. 2 seed.
But it is what it is now, and the Packers have to take care of business on Saturday night versus the Vikings. If the Packers win, they will head to San Fransisco to take on the 49ers on January 12th in a Divisional Playoff game.
The Packers have a number a keys to victory on Saturday night against the Vikings, and I'm listing five of them.