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Packers likely to face Vikings two weeks in a row if they lose on Sunday

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Packers likely to face Vikings two weeks in a row if they lose on Sunday
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It's possible that the Green Bay Packers will play the Minnesota Vikings in each of the next two weekends. It's the most likely scenario if the Vikings win on Sunday in Minneapolis.

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A Packers loss this weekend would most likely drop them to the No. 3 playoff seed in the NFC. That would give Green Bay a home game against the No. 6 seed on wild card weekend. The Vikings would secure the No. 6 seed with a victory in their regular season finale.

According to the NFL's playoff scenarios, the NFC East champion - either Dallas or Washington - would get the fourth seed, and either San Francisco or Seattle are most likely to get the No. 5 seed.

The Packers would get the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye if they beat the Vikings, or if both San Francisco or Seattle lose, which is not likely since both are double-digit favorites on Sunday.

The Niners play Arizona, while Seattle faces St. Louis.

Packer defense hopes to stop Peterson

The Packer defense says it has all the respect in the world for Adrian Peterson. But it doesn't mean they'll hand him the NFL season rushing record on Sunday when Green Bay plays at Minnesota in their regular season finale.

Both teams will start practicing for that contest Wednesday.

Peterson needs 208 yards to break Eric Dickerson's season mark of 2,105. The Green Bay defenders know how possible that is, after he had 210 yards against the Pack on Dec. 2.

It was a year ago when Peterson tore an ACL knee ligament.

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews says you'd love to see a player who overcame so much go on to break the rushing record. But his team vows not to be the ones to do it.

The Packers and Vikings both have a lot to play for on Sunday. A Minnesota victory would put the Vikings into the playoffs, while a Packer victory would give Green Bay a first-round bye in the post-season.

Buyer beware

Fans heading to Minneapolis for Sunday's Packer-Viking game are being told to watch for counterfeit tickets. The regular season finale has playoff ramifications for both teams.

Vikings officials say lots of tickets will be sold over the Internet and outside the Metrodome on game day. The Vikings urge fans to use common sense and check whether the Packers have returned any of their tickets. Only the Vikings ticket office, Ticketmaster and the NFL Ticket Exchange can guarantee valid online tickets. The cheapest price on the Ticket Exchange this morning was $190 for a single nosebleed seat.

On Stub-Hub, the cheapest pair ran for $240 each. The Vikings say any fans caught inside with fake tickets will be asked to leave, and they could be arrested.

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