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Notebook: Vikings knew urgency of game

Matt Kalil (Brace Hemmelgarn/US Presswire)

The Vikings made no bones about the importance of Sunday's game to their playoff aspirations. Plus, more than a dozen notes that helped tell the tale of the game.

For the better part of the last week, after falling to Green Bay at Lambeau Field the previous Sunday, the Vikings knew their playoff hopes almost surely hinged on running the table for the final four games of the season to have a chance to make the playoffs. On Sunday, the Vikings got the first step of that process accomplished, defeating Chicago 21-14 to keep their playoff hopes alive and...

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