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Notebook: The 12-men controversy

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The Vikings had several players that said they didn't know what happened on a costly fourth-quarter penalty, but Brad Childress solved it. However, there was a misunderstanding that followed that and proved more costly than the penalty itself.

Vikings player after Vikings player was vague on what happened on a crucial fourth-quarter play that may or may not have taken the team out of field goal position in a 31-28 overtime loss in the NFC Championship Game. The situation: With less than a minute to play in regulation, the Vikings moved to the Saints 33-yard line. Chester Taylor and Adrian Peterson took consecutive carries for no gain...

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