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Vikings 'embarrassed' by Packers' late drive last game

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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The Packers hit the Minnesota Vikings where it hurt three weeks ago when they killed the final 2 1/2 minutes of their 33-27 win with six runs by James Starks for 55 yards. The Vikings had all three of their timeouts plus the two-minute warning, so all they  needed was a stop to get the ball back with more than enough time to go for the game-winning score. But Starks picked up three first downs, which allowed the Packers to finish the game with quarterback Aaron Rodgers taking a knee on the final play. Minnesota has the NFL's fifth-rated run defense and was appalled by giving up that game-ending drive when its defense knew the run was coming, which means its defense has something to prove in this week's game at Lambeau Field.   "That was embarrassing for us," defensive end Jared Allen told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune this week. "We hang our hat on that. ... That's something that did not sit well in our stomachs. And we need to get back to being more dominant on that front."

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