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Notebook: Players react to ‘backing in'

Jared Allen (Kevin Terrell/Getty)

Are the Vikings backing their way into the playoffs and do they care about that perception from some outside the team? It depends on which player you ask. Plus, see what might be the biggest difference between the Giants and Vikings, along with other notes.

Jared Allen couldn't care less if people say the Vikings are backing their way into the playoffs. The key, according to Allen, is that Minnesota is in a position to win and be in the postseason tournament. "People can say you backed in, but eventually you had to win enough games to get there. As soon as you're in the tournament, it all starts over," Allen said. "We were 9-7 and we beat...

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