MINNEAPOLIS -- Let the wild card weekend begin. In just five days, the Minnesota Vikings will take on the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the playoffs.
It's a season outcome few in the Vikings world could have predicted.
"[Mid-season], they lost four of the previous five, and five of the previous seven games. The team felt dead," said Paul Charchian, a KFAN host, during Monday's noon broadcast.
Still, fans welcome the chance to play on in the playoffs.
"If you're a true Vikings fan, you have that hope that they'll pull it through in the end, and they did," said Laura Field, who just happens to also be a niece of former Vikings linebacker, Scott Studwell.
Fans do have options for how to get to Green Bay. A Jefferson Lines bus will leave Minneapolis at 10 a.m. Saturday, returning the next day. The round trip ticket will cost $136.
Sun Country Airlines is also offering a chartered flight to Green Bay, leaving Minneapolis at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, returning around midnight. That ticket is $299, round trip.
Those planning to stay over in Green Bay for the night should know they'll likely pay at least double for a hotel. Most hotels are requiring a "two-night minimum" for the NFL playoff weekend.