NFL Playoffs: Minnesota is the Favorite in the NFC

Dan AdamsCorrespondent IJanuary 4, 2010

CHICAGO - DECEMBER 28: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 28, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 36-30 in overtime.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Minnesota strides into the postseason as the second seed in the NFC Playoffs. Of all the teams the Vikings needed to count on to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Minnesota got the perfect scenario. Playing for the NFC East crown, the Dallas Cowboys destroyed the flying Philadelphia Eagles at home.

The Dallas victory guaranteed them a home rematch against those same Eagles next week. It also propelled the Minnesota Vikings from the third seed to the second, giving them a much needed first-round bye.

In the last six quarters, the Minnesota Vikings offense has put up an impressive 74 points. With four losses on the road this season and a perfect 8-0 record at home, how crucial was it that Dallas came through against Philadelphia? It was the biggest swing of the day.

You could discount whatever the mediocre 8-7 AFC teams were battling for. One thing is for sure, eight Minnesota Vikings will be traveling to Miami in February. With the recent changes in the playoff picture, those eight Pro-Bowl players on Minnesota should be shooting to play in the second football game played in Miami in February.

Purple Pride should be buzzing through the Twin Cities over the next two weeks as the Vikings prepare for either the Cowboys, Packers, or Cardinals. Brett Favre has taken them exactly where they wanted them. The Vikings perfect home record is very impressive and if things break their way in the Divisional Playoffs, Brett Favre may not need leave Minnesota until media week in Miami.

If anyone needed the rest over the next couple weeks it is the Vikings fans. With so much momentum lost with losses to the Panthers, Cardinals, and Bears, Vikings fans were throwing in the towel. They were at the breaking point. Most of them are so cautious after the upset at home in 1998 that they do not want to believe.

I am telling you "Purple" fans, BELIEVE! Brett Favre is going to get you to the NFC Championship. Brett Favre will not be playing outside in the NFC Championship. Adrian Peterson will play on fast field-turf in either the Metrodome or the Superdome.

The Vikings avoided any catastrophic injuries to their key players in the finale against the Giants. Sidney Rice, Visanthe Shiancoe, and Percy Harvin all looked like they were in tip-top shape on Sunday. Doubt all those nay-sayers who will use the victory over the Giants in some negative fashion. Doubt all those nay-sayers that say Adrian will fumble in some crucial post-season situation.

Most of all, take your Brett Favre jersey and wear it in front of those Packers fans for the next month because you know it just irks them every second he succeeds here. Minneapolis-Saint Paul is no longer "loserville U.S.A." as KFAN radio wonk Paul Allen has dubbed the this city with the struggles of all the major sports teams.

There is a very realistic possibility that you could be playing on that final Sunday in February. Relish it, live it, believe it.