Well, it looks as though Vikings coach Mike Tice won't be getting that contract renewal at the end of the year after all. This game was a carbon-copy of the last time the Packers and Vikings met: same score, same last-minute field goal to clinch it for the Pack. The Vikings defense looked as sad as usual: only Chris Claiborne's interception return for a TD kept this game close in the second half. Minnesota's offense looked unstoppable before the half, unstartable after.
The winners take the NFC North divisional title, while the losers still have to qualify for a wild-card spot in the NFC playoffs. To be fair, I don't expect either team to advance far in the playoffs: both teams lack strength in the defense to have a real chance to win it all.
Update 28 December: Apparently, Red McCombs did give Tice the one-year extension to his coaching contract (details here). I'm surprised, but somewhat relieved: the team didn't need yet another year of upheaval in the coaching ranks.Posted by Nicholas at December 24, 2004 06:32 PM
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