(Detroit, MI) — Kirk Cousins threw for 253 yards and three scores as the Vikings kept their playoff hopes alive with a 27-9 win over the Lions in Detroit. Cousins connected with Kyle Rudolph for a 44-yard Hail Mary touchdown on the final play of the first half to put Minnesota ahead for good. Rudolph had two TD’s for the Vikings, who hold the final Wild Card in the NFC at 8-6-and-1.

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Vikings are one win away from returning to the postseason. They control their own destiny heading into Sunday’s regular season finale. The Vikes will host the Chicago Bears currently holding the second NFC Wild Card at 8-6-and-1. Philadelphia is right behind at 8-and-7. The Eagles visit Washington to wrap up the year.

(Undated) — A handful of NFL teams punched their tickets to the playoffs this weekend. Dallas and New England each clinched their respective divsions on Sunday by winning. Despite a loss to Philadelphia, Houston is guranteed a Wild Card berth. Seattle secured a Wild Card spot by knocking off Kansas City. The Saints clinched the top seed in the NFC by beating Pittsburgh.

(Oklahoma City, OK) — Andrew Wiggins scored the final three points of the game as the Timberwolves edged the Thunder 114-112 in Oklahoma City. Paul George missed a three-pointer at the buzzer for OKC. Wiggins ended with a game-high 30 points for Minnesota, which won for just the second time in its last eight games. The Wolves visit Chicago on Wednesday.

(Duluth, MN) — Three Duluth Bulldogs will be playing for the U.S. national junior hockey team. The World Junior Tournament begins Wednesday in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. Two UMD defensemen and forward made the team, along with a St. Cloud State forward and a Wisconsin defenseman who is a St. Paul native.

(St. Paul, MN) — The Wild and the rest of the NHL are enjoying an extended break for the holidays. Minnesota is back in action Thursday night in Chicago battling the Blackhawks. The Wild sit fifth in the Central Division with 37 points.

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Golden Gophers are off the hardwood until this Sunday when they host Mount St. Mary’s at Williams Arena. Minnesota has won four straight to improve to 10-and-2 on the year after Friday’s 86-67 rout of North Carolina A&T.

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