The final NFC North standings are locked into place, all that remains to be determined is the final record next to each team’s name.
Here is a quick look back at week 16 in the NFC North with a glance at where we are now and how the regular season will conclude.
Minnesota Vikings 33, Washington Redskins 26 (box score)
The Vikings took themselves out of the number one draft pick sweepstakes with their second road win of the year. It was a costly win, however. Adrian Peterson suffered an ACL tear, an injury that may limit him early in the 2012 season. Christian Ponder was replaced by Joe Webb after another bland performance. Webb accounted for three touchdowns to help key the win.
Detroit Lions 38, San Diego Chargers 10 (box score)
The Lions took full advantage of the opportunity to clinch a playoff berth thanks in large part to Matthew Stafford. He finished with 29 completions on 36 attempts for 373 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions in leading an impressively efficient offense. The Lions defense showed up to play as well. Justin Durant led the team in tackles and Chris Houston and Cliff Avril intercepted Philip Rivers late in the game to slam the door shut.
Green Bay Packers 35, Chicago Bears 21 (box score)
The NFC’s top seed belongs to the the Green Bay Packers thanks to their victory over the Bears on Sunday Night Football. Aaron Rodgers threw for five touchdowns, including two to Jordy Nelson and two to James Jones. Kahlil Bell ran for 121 yards on the Green Bay defense but did not find the end zone and Josh McCown was intercepted twice.
NFC North Week 17 Schedule
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings