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Updated: December 23rd, 2012 10:08pm
Game time for Vikings' regular-season finale vs. Packers is changed

Game time for Vikings' regular-season finale vs. Packers is changed

by Judd Zulgad
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The Minnesota Vikings' regular-season finale next Sunday against the Green Bay Packers at the Metrodome has been shifted from a noon start to 3:25 p.m. on Fox.

The NFL announced three game-time changes on Sunday night.

The Dallas-Washington game will be the prime-time game at 7:20 p.m. on NBC and the Miami-New England matchup will move to 3:25 p.m. on CBS.

The fact the Vikings' game was moved to a more attractive start time for television comes as no surprise. Already one of the NFL's best rivalries, the second meeting of the season between the Vikings and Packers will carry plenty of importance.

The Vikings will clinch their first playoff berth since the 2009 season with a win. The Packers are battling San Francisco to earn the second seed and a first-round playoff bye in the NFC.

The Vikings game isn't only attractive because of the team's playoff pursuit.

Running back Adrian Peterson, who has had some of his best games against the Packers, is 207 yards shy of Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards set in 1984.

That's a lot of yards for Peterson to get in one game, but he's proven twice before this season he has that type of performance in him.

Peterson eclipsed 207 yards rushing in the Vikings' last meeting with the Packers on Dec. 2 at Lambeau Field (210 on 21 carries) and again two weeks later at St. Louis (212 on 24 carries).

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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