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ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 15: Running back Eddie Lacy #27 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the ball as defensive end George Selvie #99 of the Dallas Cowboys defends during a game at AT&T Stadium on December 15, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

2013 Packers: Surmounting Injuries, Eddie Lacy’s Bright Future

The Green Bay Packers overcame some significant injuries to win the NFC North and make the playoffs, but they still lost in the first round. Here is the story of their season.

01/07/2014

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 24: Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers rushes against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on November 24, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Vikings and the Packers tied 26-26 after overtime.(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Packers Face Injury Questions On Defense

The Green Bay Packers have had trouble stopping the 49ers in their last two meetings. Now they have to try and beat them in the playoffs while facing injury issues on defense.

01/03/2014

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Packers Hope To Avoid Deja Vu Against Niners

The Green Bay Packers pulled off a huge win to make the playoffs, but now they have to face off with the San Francisco 49ers. They will have to work to prevent a repeat of what happened when these two met last season.

12/31/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 29: Cordarrelle Patterson #84 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball 50 yards for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions on December 29, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Patterson Propels Minnesota Vikings To Victory In Metrodome Finale

The Minnesota Vikings closed the history of Mall of America Field with a victory Sunday by beating the Detroit Lions 14-13. Cordarrelle Patterson scored two touchdowns, one rushing and the other receiving for the only two Vikings scores. The Lions scored 13 straight points in the second half to take a lead, but could not keep the Vikings from scoring the winning touchdown.

12/30/2013

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 08: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings is taken off the field after being injured during the second quarter of the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Adrian Peterson Hopes To Play In The Vikings Finale At Mall Of America Field

Reigning MVP Adrian Peterson expects to play in the final game ever at Mall of America Sunday against the Detroit Lions. The running back played in the Minnesota Vikings loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, but lasted just one offensive play into the second half. His backup, Toby Gerhart, is unlikely to play and cornerback Xavier Rhodes could return after missing two weeks. The Vikings had four players list as non-participants, seven as limited participants and four as full participants in Thursday’s practice.

12/27/2013

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 22: Mohamed Sanu #12 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Minnesota Vikings at Paul Brown Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Blown Out By The Cincinnati Bengals

The Minnesota Vikings were a minor inconvenience for the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton tossed four touchdowns to lead the Bengals to a 42-14 victory. Dalton threw just 11 incompletions and was sacked twice to build a 136.5 quarterback rating. Cordarrelle Patterson was the lone bright spot for the Vikings with a 35.8 yard kick return average, 54 rushing yards and a touchdown.

12/23/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 1: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball for ten thousand career rushing yards against Chris Conte #47 of the Chicago Bears on December 1, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Peterson, Gerhart Set To Return For The Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings are likely to have their top two running backs back for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Vikings listed four players as non-participants, four players as limited participants and four players as full participants in Thursday’s practice.

12/20/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 29: Matt Cassel #16 of the Minnesota Vikings hands the football off to teammate Matt Asiata #44 during the first quarter of the game on August 29, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Defeat Eagles Without The Help Of Adrian Peterson

The Minnesota Vikings routed the NFC East Division leading Philadelphia Eagles on the arm of Matt Cassel and legs of Matt Asiata. The two combined for 433 yards and six touchdowns as the Vikings won 48-30. Each unit had good games for the Vikings.

12/16/2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 16: Donnie Avery #11 of the Indianapolis Colts catches a pass while defended by Chris Cook #20 and Harrison Smith #22 of the Minnesota Vikings at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Vikings Safety Harrison Smith On Pace To Play Sunday

Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith is eligible to be taken off the injured reserve list before Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America Field. He has missed _ games since suffering a turf toe injury against the Carolina Panthers. The Vikings are still waiting to find out their running back situation with Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart expected to only practice on Friday this week.

12/13/2013

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 08: Quarterback Matt Cassel #16 of the Minnesota Vikings hands off during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Vikings 29-26. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Vikings Team Grades: Multiple Leads Slip Away In Icy Loss To Baltimore Ravens

The Minnesota Vikings had the game won. Then they didn’t. Then they did. Finally, they didn’t as the Baltimore Ravens scored a touchdown with four seconds remaining to pull off the 29-26 victory Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. The Vikings units performed all right considering the elements they were playing in all game.

12/09/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 13: Matt Cassel #16 of the Minnesota Vikings passes the ball during the game against the Carolina Panthers on October 13, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Panthers defeated the Vikings 35-10. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Vikings QB Christian Ponder Not Cleared To Return To Practice, Cassel To Start

The Minnesota Vikings will not have quarterback Christian Ponder for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens due to the concussion suffered in the win over the Chicago Bears. Matt Cassel will take over as the starter with Josh Freeman serving as his backup. The Vikings had five players listed as non-participants, four as limited participants and four as full participants at Thursday’s practice.

12/06/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 1: Jerome Simpson #81 of the Minnesota Vikings is unable to hold on to a pass during the first quarter of the game against the Chicago Bears on December 1, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Win In Wild OT Against Chicago Bears

The Minnesota Vikings seemingly defeated the Chicago Bears, then had a chance to lose and finally won on a 34-yard field goal by Blair Walsh. Adrian Peterson ran for 211 yards to help the Vikings get the 23-20 victory Sunday at Mall of America Field.

12/02/2013

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 24: Jamarca Sanford #33 of the Minnesota Vikings breaks up a pass intended for Jarrett Boykin #11 of the Green Bay Packers as Xavier Rhodes #29 also defends at Lambeau Field on November 24, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Xavier Rhodes’ Concussion Leaves Minnesota Vikings Really Thin At Corner

The Minnesota Vikings lost cornerback Xavier Rhodes and wide receiver Joe Webb during the game against the Green Bay Packers with concussions. Neither has formally passed the NFL’s concussion protocol, but the team is still hopeful that will be available Sunday against the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field. The Vikings listed six players as non-participants, one as a limited participant and four as full participants for Thursday’s practice.

11/29/2013

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Vikings Lament Another Lost Late Lead

The Minnesota Vikings have little left to play for, with a fan base largely focused on positioning for next year’s draft pick.

11/25/2013

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 24: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs between Mike Daniels #76 and Mike Neal #96 of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 24, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Vikings tied the Packers 26-26 after overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings And Green Bay Packers Play To Rare Tie

The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers played to a 26-26 tie at Lambeau Field Sunday. The Vikings turned an early seven-point deficit into a 16-point lead early in the fourth quarter. The Packers scored 16 straight points in the fourth quarter, including 10 in the final four minutes to force overtime. Both teams kicked a field goal on their opening drive of overtime and traded punts before time ran out.

11/25/2013

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