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Purple past, future clashed Sunday

Leslie Frazier (Adam Bettcher/Getty)

The conference championship games provided a reflection to how close the Vikings were just two years ago and the first team meeting at the Senior Bowl kicked off the coaches' interaction with many in the incoming rookie class.

Sunday provided a glimpse of how close the Vikings were to a fifth franchise entry into the Super Bowl just two years ago and how far away they were in 2011. The tight conference championship games in both the AFC and NFC Sunday only further reinforced the pain of Vikings fans and players two years ago with their overtime loss in New Orleans. "That year stands alone. We did some great things and... Recommended Stories