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Vikings clinch NFC North title with biggest comeback in NFL history

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The Minnesota Vikings are back in the playoffs — clinching the NFC North division title in historic fashion on Saturday.

The Vikings stormed back from a 33-point halftime deficit to stun the Colts, 39-36, in overtime at a raucous U.S. Bank Stadium.

The 33-point comeback is the largest in NFL history.

This marks the Vikings’ first division title since the 2017 season and their first playoff berth since 2019.

Those playoff berths came with Mike Zimmer as head coach, but rookie head coach Kevin O’Connell has led a Vikings resurgence as the 11-3 squad has wrapped up a division crown with three games still to play.

Minnesota’s opportunities at clinching the division title in each of the previous two weeks were thwarted by the Detroit Lions. The Vikings could have clinched the NFC North in Week 13, but a Detroit win over the Jacksonville Jaguars prevented that. Minnesota could’ve emerged from a head-to-head matchup with the Lions in Week 14 with the division crown, but Detroit prevailed.

This time around, the Vikings wrapped up a win over the Colts on Saturday and clinched the crown.

Entering Week 15, the Vikings were the NFC’s No. 2 seed. With a playoff berth and a home game sewn up, they have an outside chance at moving past the No. 1 Philadelphia Eagles and locking up the conference’s only bye. More realistically, Minnesota’s onus will be on holding down the second seed.

Regardless, the Vikings are NFC North champs and back in the playoffs after a two-season hiatus.

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