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Key matchup: Fortunes on the kickers' feet

Blair Walsh (Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

Blair Walsh had a Pro Bowl season as a rookie. Mason Crosby was on the hot seat most of the year. In a rivalry that is often close, field goals could be vital and the weather could be an equalizer.

When two teams are as familiar with one another as the Vikings and the Green Bay Packers are, games are typically fought down to the wire and often are decided by seven points or fewer. They know each other so intimately that they have a sort of shorthand to what each team does well. As such, the games tend to be incredibly physical and all points are at a premium. With the intensity dialed up...

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