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Sunday Start Time Moved Back For Marquee Matchup: Packers @ Vikings

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 at 6:52 am

One of the biggest games in the NFL’s week 17 slate will be played at Mall of America Field this Sunday when the Vikings host the Packers. At stake is a possible first round bye for Green Bay, a playoff berth for the Vikes, and NFL history.

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who tore his ACL just over a year ago, needs just 102 yards to become the seventh player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. Peterson needs 208 yards to break Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record, set in 1984 with the Los Angeles Rams. Peterson torched the Packers for 210 yards on 21 carries earlier this month, but had a streak of eight consecutive 100-yard rushing games come to an end Sunday in Houston.

As evidence of this game’s importance, the NFL has moved the start time from a noon start to 3:25 p.m. The NFL announced the change on Sunday night.

The Vikings will clinch their first playoff berth since the 2009 season with a win.

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