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Three Years Later, Memories Still Fresh

Kevin Williams

Two Vikings bitterly remember the 2003 meltdown in Arizona that kept Minnesota out of the playoffs and made Cardinals receiver Nate Poole a hero in Green Bay, and former Packer Ryan Longwell tells it from his perspective on the Green Bay sidelines. It's a story that symbolizes the domino effect of the NFL's playoff chase, creating happy memories for some and frustrating recollections for others.

Forgive a few Minnesota Vikings for shuddering the first few times they see the Arizona Cardinals during pregame warm-ups Sunday at the Metrodome. Sunday's contest is the first time the two teams have met in almost three years, but even three years isn't long enough to erase from memory one of the most horrific meltdowns in Vikings history. It was Dec. 29, 2003, Vikings fans will recall, when the...

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