(Reuters) - The Minnesota Vikings claimed a wildcard playoff berth by beating the NFC North champion Green Bay Packers 37-34 on a 29-yard field goal by rookie Blair Walsh with no time remaining on the clock on Sunday.
The victory by the Vikings (10-6) deprived their North division rival Bears of a trip to the postseason as Minnesota advanced thanks to a tiebreaker even after Chicago had improved to 10-6 with a 26-24 victory over the Detroit Lions.
Minnesota's win also denied the Packers (11-5) a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson led the way with 199 yards rushing on 34 carries, becoming the seventh man to surpass 2,000 yards rushing in a season as he finished just nine yards behind the record of 2,105 logged by Eric Dickerson of the Los Angeles Rams in 1984.
(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York, Editing by Gene Cherry)
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