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Vikings players well aware of rivalry, stakes

Vikings players know what's on the line and are making no attempt to downplay the rivalry with the Packers or the significance of Sunday's game. The fact that there are playoff implications for both teams only intensifies the sense of urgency. What more could a regular-season finale have?

Hype typically surrounds any Vikings-Packers game. Green Bay and Minnesota have enjoyed a time-honored rivalry that has witnessed the rise and fall of both franchises. A new chapter is going to be written Sunday. The Vikings and Packers have a game at Mall of America Field that doesn't require any playing up. There can't be much more at stake. The Packers need a win to lock down the No....

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