NFC North Capsule: Week 17

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IDecember 28, 2008

The Vikings and Bears had something to play for, but let's start with history at Lambeau this afternoon. The Detroit Lions pulled off an unbelievable 0-16 season after losing to the Green Bay Packers 31-21 at the Frozen Tundra.

This feat, or disgrace, whatever you want to call it, was the first time in 32 years that a team went winless. The expansion Tampa Bay Bucs went 0-14 in 1976. Now and forever, the Detroit Lions will be known for one thing and one thing only—0-16!

Chicago went to Houston needing a win—sorry, but not so fast my friend. The Bears gave up an early 10-0 lead, falling to the Texans 31-24 at Reliant Stadium. The loss gave the Vikings the NFC North Division title, and it sent Da Bears into hibernation until training camp.

The Vikings needed to win. They could not rely on the Bears, so they went out and earned it themselves. Ryan Longwell booted a 50-yard field goal as time expired to defeat the Giants 20-19, sending the Minnesota faithful into hysteria.

Next Sunday, the Vikings will host the Philadelphia Eagles at the Metrodome in the wild card round. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on FOX.


Vikings 10-6
Bears 9-7
Packers 6-10
Lions 0-16