Here’s the deal. We will look at this from two perspectives: The Vikings facing postseason elimination, and the Vikings playing one final act as the spoiler.
At this point even Vikings' fans may admit that the possibility of the Vikings still being in the running is bleak at best, but certainly not out of the question.
But the Bears could enter this contest with the division won, or fighting for a playoff spot themselves.
Now, if the Bears won outright, there should be little resistance from Chicago with a lot of players ultimately getting some rest.
But if they are fighting for a playoff spot as well, this will be the war of all wars.
Two teams with veteran quarterbacks leading the way. Two teams with vastly different approaches offensively; each one being as dangerous as the next. Two teams that have defenses that are as dangerous as they come—it doesn’t get any better than this.
But the Vikings could also find themselves, one final time, playing the role as a spoiler—against divisional rival Chicago no less.
OK, so it can get better.
Either way, the end to the 2011 Vikings season has vast similarities to its origin: end the game—and in this case the season—on a positive note in an effort to offer a brighter horizon for the future.
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