Unofficially, the playoffs start on Sunday for the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers.
Sure, border state bragging rights are on the line again in the regular-season finale. Another rushing title is within the grasp of Minnesota's Adrian Peterson. Aaron Rodgers has one more shot to tune up the sluggish Green Bay offense.
This is all overshadowed, naturally, by a bigger priority for both teams: The winner claims the NFC North title and the right to host a home playoff game the following weekend.
"We haven't had the same type of stats that we've had in years past, but we've rattled off 10 wins, another playoff berth," Rodgers said. "At this point, it's all about winning games and making a run in the playoffs."
That's something the Packers (10-5) are used to doing. Even with all their issues on offense — from injuries to the inconsistencies with both the run and pass — they can still win a fifth straight division title.
The upstart Vikings (10-5) want to end that reign in the game that was switched to prime time. They're looking for their first NFC North crown since 2009.
"It would be great, but we have to go out there and prove it. We can't talk about it," quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said.
They're on a pretty good run heading into Lambeau Field, having beaten the Bears and Giants at home in their previous two games by a combined score of 87-34. Before those two games, they lost 23-20 at Arizona, the same team that blew out the Packers last weekend, 38-8.
Bridgewater has been a difference maker with a 123.2 passer rating in that three-game stretch. The Vikings have bounced back since an embarrassing 38-7 loss at home to Seattle on Dec. 6.
"Yeah, it's definitely a different team," Bridgewater said. "It's a group of guys that don't want another Seattle performance to happen again."
The Packers are also 2-1 over their last three games, but their last game might have been their "Seattle moment" after getting bullied by Arizona.
"We've got to put that one behind us," receiver James Jones said. "We're on to Minnesota and let's get on playing some football."