Black and Blue all over: Game day

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
PHOENIX -- It's a crisp 50 degrees on Sunday morning in the desert, and we're not expecting the mercury to top the 60-degree mark. I know that comes as a huge disappointment for those hanging on through ice storms and blizzards around the country, but I'm just giving you a glimpse of the elements Minnesota and Arizona will play in later Sunday.

After I zip up my windbreaker, I'll be in the University of Phoenix press box -- along with ESPN.com colleagues John Clayton and Mike Sando -- to chronicle a game with all kinds of playoff implications. The Cardinals are looking at it as a battle for the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoff picture, while the Vikings know they need a win to maintain their one-game in the NFC North.

If all goes well, we'll check in before the game on the final results in Indianapolis (where Detroit is visiting) and Jacksonville (which is hosting Green Bay).

Until then, let's take a spin around the NFC North: