49ers Kick Rams Out of Playoff Contention With 34-31 Win

49ers Kick Rams Out of Playoff Contention With 34-31 Win

But they now have the opportunity to wrap up the division title on Monday night in a highly-anticipated matchup with the Minnesota Vikings.

Not since the 2018 season (and never for the Vikings' biggest rivals) had the stadium felt so friendly to a visitor. The reason being that the Packers have a rollover game in Week 17 against the Detroit Lions, so this might be their only shot of losing.

The loss by the Rams eliminated them from the race to the postseason, dropping the team to 8-7 and ending any hopes of catching the Vikings for one of the NFC Wild Card slots. The Minnesota offense would total just 139 yards on the night at an average of only 2.6 yards per play.

In his absence last week, Mike Boone rushed for 56 yards and two touchdowns.

So, in all likelihood, the Vikings will land the sixth and final NFC playoff berth, the second of two wild cards - then probably play at either Green Bay or New Orleans on January 4 or 5. The game marked the controversial return of Kerryon Johnson, who missed eight games with a knee injury.

That doesn't mean necessarily of course that the Saints can't (or wouldn't) be better off getting to play any more additional games at the Superdome in this year's upcoming Playoffs, but it obviously couldn't hurt them either. Without running backs Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison, the Vikings run game was stagnant, picking up just 57 rushing yards. He is expected to play again in the finale against Green Bay.

After starting the season hot with a flawless 6-0 record, the Packers lost three straight including their first home defeat to the Detroit Lions in over two decades.

ESPN's cameras captured a sideline exchange between Cousins and Diggs after the play where the quarterback appeared to be saying, "I didn't see the backside corner" on the interception.

"Winning is always lovely", quarterback Aaron Rodgers said after the game. "I probably shouldn't have brought him across the field; either take him vertically, or press on".

The defense put in a strong performance with six sacks.

"It won't change much", Zimmer said. "Offensively, we didn't play as well as we could play". If not for the Packers coughing up the ball and settling for field goals, the home club might've lost by 20-plus. San Francisco will look to prove it can beat teams playing well in consecutive weeks, while Seattle will want to prove its team is more good than lucky. Otherwise, if Cincy win out, and the other teams lose their remaining games, things get complicated, and the tie-breaker rules will apply, factoring in strength of schedule, which is turned on its head when it comes the ranking the worst team in the league, so the team with weakest schedule (the NY Giants out of those three) finishes higher.

Once upon a time, going to Lambeau Field for a playoff game was one of the most intimidating scenarios in sports.

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