Then: The Vikings were in the middle of a coaching controversy. Brad Childress had lost the confidence of his players after trading for then hastily cutting Randy Moss.
Now: A week later, Childress was fired. The Vikings are now coached by former Bear Leslie Frazier.
Then: Brett Favre was in the midst of the NFL's longest consecutive games-played streak.
Now: Favre ended the streak before Monday night's loss to the Giants. Look! You can even buy a $500 football to commemorate the old man hanging on too long.
Then: The Bears were 5-3, and needed the win to keep playoff hopes alive.
Now: A win in Minnesota is just as crucial, as the Bears can clinch a playoff berth and the NFC championship with a win and a Green Bay loss.
Then: Adrian Peterson was one of the NFL's top running backs, sitting in second place for the most yards gained.
Now: After gaining just 51 yards against the Bears, Peterson's year has taken a downturn. Save one 107-yard game against the cellar-dwelling Buffalo Bills, Peterson has been disappointing. He had a career-low 26 yards against the Giants.
Then: Superstar sackman Jared Allen was slumping, with only 3.5 sacks.
Now: Allen is a late bloomer, as he sacked Jay Cutler twice, and has had one sack in every game since, giving him 10 sacks on the season.
Then: The Metrodome had an intact roof, and though not the best field in the NFL, it was appropriate for a professional football game.
Now: Ummm ...