Sunday Start Time Moved Back For Marquee Matchup: Packers @ Vikings
One of the biggest games in the NFL’s week 17 slate will be played at Mall of America Field this Sunday when the Vikings host the Packers. At stake is a possible first round bye for Green Bay, a playoff berth for the Vikes, and NFL history.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who tore his ACL just over a year ago, needs just 102 yards to become the seventh player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. Peterson needs 208 yards to break Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record, set in 1984 with the Los Angeles Rams. Peterson torched the Packers for 210 yards on 21 carries earlier this month, but had a streak of eight consecutive 100-yard rushing games come to an end Sunday in Houston.
As evidence of this game’s importance, the NFL has moved the start time from a noon start to 3:25 p.m. The NFL announced the change on Sunday night.
The Vikings will clinch their first playoff berth since the 2009 season with a win.