It's testament to the high standards set by the Minnesota Vikings this season that a 41-21 playoff victory could come off, well, a touch ho-hum. Yet as they coolly dispatched the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, one couldn't help but wonder if the Vikes' 15-1 regular-season mark had merely earned them a second playoff bye. The Vikings' pleasingly expert offensive-line play and speedy defense drained the contest of drama in short order. The Cards--probably the worst of the dozen NFL teams to qualify for the postseason despite their wild-card victory over the Dallas Cowboys--were left utterly overwhelmed. By the third quarter, smokers who'd gathered in a chilly Metrodome foyer broke into a robust (if somewhat incongruous) chorus: "Packers suck! Vikings rule!" The Cardinals, it seems, didn't even merit... More >>>