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Jamar Chase looks to keep the Bengals in the playoff hunt. (Photo by Perry Knotts/Getty Images)

A full Saturday of football begins with two teams that didn’t expect to be in this position. The Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings are in the playoff hunt, but neither team can rest without stretching.

After a slow start and an injury to Joe Burrow, the Bengals found themselves 7-6 and in need of help if the team wanted to make the playoffs. Jake Browning has performed admirably in Burrow’s absence, but faces a tough task against a resurgent Vikings defense in Week 15.

On the other hand, Minnesota also relies on a different signal caller. Nick Mullens will get a shot after Joshua Dobbs struggled in Week 14. Mullens came on in relief of Dobbs to lead the Vikings to a 3-0 win over the Las Vegas Raiders. Now that he’s been relegated to a starting position, Mullens will have a lot more to show if the Vikings hope to keep a playoff spot in the NFC.

Yahoo Sports provides the latest news, scores and injuries during Saturday’s games in Week 15.

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  • Mike Hilton! The Bengals CB intercepted a pass to Vikings WR Justin Jefferson in the red zone, bringing it to Cincinnati’s 17.

  • The Vikings tried a trick play at Cincinnati’s 25, but it wasn’t successful.

  • Aw, alas. Jake Browning targeted Charlie Jones for a deep touchdown pass that went just out of his reach. Jones didn’t know he was going to be open when he started running his route, picking up speed as he sensed the ball coming.

  • Bengals deputy Cody Ford for Capa headed to the Blue Tent.

  • Things are taking a terrible turn for the Bengals injury-wise. At the top of the second quarter, OL Alex Cappa left the field.

  • Bengals DE Trey Hendrickson throws a half sack with Jermaine Pratt. Hendrickson had two seasons with 14 or more sacks in his three years in Cincinnati. The Bengals get the ball back.

  • Another concern for Bengal. In the final minutes of the first quarter, cornerback DJ Ivey went down after a hard cut. The cart had to be towed.

  • Browning went for a 3-and-out on his second possession of the day. On one of those attempts, Higgins had an interception over the middle.

  • Both opening possessions are over, with the Vikings leading 7-3.

  • The Nick Mullens era in Minnesota is off to a good start! After the Vikings got inside the Bengals’ 1-yard line with a quasi-dash push, it was Ty Chandler for the touchdown.

  • Reeder, a key component of the Bengals’ run defense, has a knee injury. He seemed to be at the bottom of the heap.

  • Bengals DE DJ Reeder is injured and carted off the field. Within minutes, the team announced him outside For the rest of the game.

  • Evan McPherson’s 65-yarder gave the Bengals a 3-0 lead after the first possession of the game.

  • Jake Browning leads the Bengals to a solid start. Chase Brown had a 13-yard reception. Jamar chased Chase as Browning took a significant hit.

  • Today’s NFL Playoff Implications:

    The Vikings (7-6) currently sit at No. 6 in the NFC. A win today would extend their lead over the five 6-7 teams below them.

    The Bengals, on the other hand, are one of six 7-6 AFC teams, and a third straight win today would make them serious playoff contenders.

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