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“If you want to be a good team you definitely got to be able to win on the road,” pass-rusher Red Bryant said.

_Minnesota: Yes, the Vikings have Adrian Peterson, but their passing game is putrid. They were next-to-last in the league in total yards passing and in yards per pass attempt, and until Christian Ponder completed a 65-yard pass on Sunday, they had just one completion longer than 45 yards all season, a 54-yarder on Nov. 11 against Detroit.

“He’s definitely playing more consistent,” Peterson said of Ponder. “He’s playing faster football, not thinking as much as much.”

When it’s all said and done, one team will be left standing and celebrating, warts and all.


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Contributing were AP National Writer Nancy Armour, AP Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell and AP Sports Writers Joe Kay, David Ginsburg, Howard Ulman, Kristie Rieken, Mike Marot, Janie McCauley, Joseph White, Tim Booth, and Associated Press Writer George Henry.


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