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Ball control has dictated series winner

Adrian Peterson had more yards but not nearly as many carries in the first meeting of the Vikings and Packers. Early momentum and the ability to control the clock have been keys to victory in the series this year.

It's rare when two teams play three times during a season. By definition, it entails two teams from the same division both making the playoffs and meeting for Round 3 in the postseason. In the 52-year history of the Vikings-Packers rivalry, the teams have only met once in the postseason – a 31-17 win by the Vikings at Lambeau Field in January 2004. Typically when teams prepare for each...

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