It's back-to-back prime-time games for the Minnesota Vikings.
Fresh off a playoff-clinching thumping of the New York Giants on Sunday night at TCF Bank Stadium before a nationwide television audience, the Vikings showdown with the rival Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field has been moved from a noon start to the 7:30 p.m. time slot next Sunday night on NBC, the network announced Monday.
The rescheduled border battle kickoff on NBC-TV is for all the North Division marbles and a higher position in the playoff seedings. Both teams heading into the regular-season finale have 10-5 records.
Depending on what happens vs. the Packers, the Vikings could be the National Football Conference's No. 3, 5 or 6 seed.
If they beat Green Bay, the Vikings are the NFC North champs and the No. 3 seed in the conference. That would mean a home playoff game against Seattle.
But if they lose to Green Bay and Seattle (9-6) loses at Arizona, the Vikings will be the No. 5 seed and open the playoffs at Washington vs. the Redskins.
If the Vikings lose to Green Bay and Seattle wins, the Vikings will be the No. 6 seed and begin the playoffs with another game at Lambeau.
If the Vikings and Packers tie — an NFL rarity, but possible — the Vikings will be the No. 5 seed and play at NFC East champion Washington.