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Live blog: Vikings hang on to top Jets; inch closer to clinching division

The Vikings aim to become only the seventh team in the Super Bowl era to clinch a division title with five games remaining in the regular season.
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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throw a pass over New York Jets defensive end John Franklin-Myers (91) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

MINNEAPOLIS — With a win over the New York Jets — the Vikings' Week 13 opponent — and a Detroit Lions loss or tie, Minnesota would have the NFC North wrapped up. But Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks knows there's plenty more work ahead.

"We've been humbled, especially recently, so we know that we're not invincible," said Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks, referring to team's 40-3 loss to Dallas two weeks ago. "We've gotta work every day to win in this league. It's not an easy league to win in...so we're going to have to do uncommon things to be great."

A win Sunday could classify as one of those "uncommon" things.

According to NFL analyst Joe Ferreira, if Minnesota clinches the division with five games left, it would be the first time its happened since 2009 when the Indianapolis Colts won the AFC South with more than a month to go. It would also be the second time a Vikings team claimed the division this early in the season, the first time coming in 1973 when they went on to reach the Super Bowl.

Follow along with KARE 11 and Locked On throughout the game below:


INTERCEPTION: Cam Bynum ends it with an interception with 10 seconds left.

TOUCHDOWN: After review, Jets QB Mike White breaks the plane, while Zuerlein adds one. Vikes up 27-22. 

TOUCHDOWN: Cousins to Jefferson for 10 yards gives the Vikings a more comfortable lead at 27-15 with about 8:30 left in the fourth quarter.

FIELD GOAL: The Jets' Greg Zuerlein makes another successful three-point attempt, upping the score 20-15 


FIELD GOAL: The Jets make it an eight-point game with their fourth field goal, slowly closing the gap at 20-12.

FIELD GOAL: The Jets hit another field goal at the top of the third quarter, bringing the score to 20-9 Vikes still ahead.



FIELD GOAL: A 60-yard field goal from the Jets' Greg Zuerlein brings the score to 20-6 with seconds remaining in the half.

FIELD GOAL: Greg Joseph hits another field goal just before halftime putting the Vikings up 20-3.

TOUCHDOWN: Alexander Mattison takes it to the endzone to widen the Vikings' lead at 17-10.

TOUCHDOWN: Just under two minutes into the second quarter, Dalvin Cook ran in a 4-yarder to put the Vikings up 10-3.


FIELD GOAL: The Jets tie it up 3-3 with 8:30 left to play in the first quarter.

FIELD GOAL: Greg Joseph hits a 51-yard field goal to put the Vikings on the board.

INTERCEPTION: Harrison Smith intercepts QB Mike White in the opening drive, giving the ball to the Vikings.

FIELD GOAL: Greg Joseph hits a 51-yard field goal to put the Vikings on the board.

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