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Notebook: Wilf stresses game's importance

Zygi Wilf (Hannah Foslien/Getty)

The Vikings knew their win was big, but Zygi Wilf stressed the importance of the game on Friday during a rare speech during a team meeting. Plus, Lions injuries influenced an early Vikings decision, Leslie Frazier was happy with Christian Ponder despite a lack of production, the Bears were the ones dropping passes this time, Brandon Marshall is called best receiver in the game, and more.

The Vikings made no pretenses about how important their final four games of the season were to their playoff chances. Jared Allen amended his stance from a couple weeks ago almost-must-win games to no-doubter must-wins the rest of the way. The Vikings even flew in a big-wig from the East Coast – owner Zygi Wilf – Friday to talk to the team to stress the importance of Sunday's showdown with the...

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