When the NFL regular season ends next week, the Minnesota Vikings will officially be the NFC North division champs. They will ceremoniously hoist a cloth banner somewhere in the rafters of the Metrodome. But if true champions are measured by their capacity to win critical games late in the season, then the real NFC North champs are the Green Bay Packers. And the Packers have earned it. Trailing the Vikings by four full games just six weeks ago, the Packers have demonstrated unyielding determination and grittiness to battle back in the NFC North. They have gone 6-1 in their last seven games and were it not for a miraculous toenail catch by Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace two weeks ago, then the Packers would be playing for the banner next weekend on a scorching 7-0 run. The Packers' inc ...
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