Who Is the Best Matchup for the Vikings in the First Round of the Playoffs?

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Who Is the Best Matchup for the Vikings in the First Round of the Playoffs?
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The Minnesota Vikings have clinched a playoff berth, and depending on the results in Week 17, Minnesota has the opportunity to play three different teams in the NFC Wild Card Round.

With a victory over the Green Bay Packers, the Vikings will win the NFC North and set up a first-round matchup with the Seattle Seahawks. If Green Bay wins, Minnesota's opponent will depend on the result of the Seahawks-Arizona Cardinals matchup.

With wins from the Packers and Cardinals, the Vikings would travel to Washington as the No. 5 seed to play the Redskins. If the Packers and Seahawks win, Minnesota would go back on the road to play Green Bay at Lambeau Field for the second consecutive week. 

In the following slides, we'll examine which of the three scenarios is best suited for the Vikings, taking into account strength of opponent, past matchups and necessary results from Week 17. 

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