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Five for fighting

Five for fighting
Given their talent-laden roster, the Vikings' 6-5 record certainly is a disappointment.

But with five games remaining, they still can achieve their preseason goal of winning the NFC North Division and advancing to the postseason. But they haven't left themselves much of a margin for error, and they face a key game Sunday night against the Chicago Bears , who also have a 6-5 record and defended their home turf against the Vikings last month.

The Vikings embraced coach Brad Childress' reference to "the fierce urgency of now," a classic line from Martin Luther King Jr. in a convincing 30-12 victory in Jacksonville last Sunday. But those words ring even truer this Sunday, which is why the Vikings don't want to think about the alternative to victory.

"It's huge," Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield said. "Right now, we're in a good position. We're 6-5, tied for the lead, and playing the other team we're tied with. So this is the one. This one is real important.

"If we lose this one, there could be trouble getting in."

The Vikings have had issues on defense, offense and special teams. But recent history proves that Super Bowl teams usually catch fire in December.

"Of course you want to win early, but you have to win late to gain some momentum heading into the playoffs," Winfield said. "Everything needs to be clicking."

Here's a closer look at how those Super Bowl teams fared in their final five games:

Year, team Final 5 Record/division: comment

*2007 Giants 3-2 10-6/2nd: Lost two of last three but built momentum in 38-35 loss in finale to New England.

2007 Patriots 5-0 16-0/1st: The perfect regular season may have come at a price in the postseason.

*2006 Colts 2-3 12-4/1st: Got embarrassed 44-17 in Jacksonville but defied the trend in the postseason.

2006 Bears 4-1 13-3/1st: Dominant defense helped them win six of their last eight.

*2005 Steelers 4-1 11-5/1st: After a 38-31 home loss to Cincinnati, they outscored their final four opponents 115-33.

2005 Seahawks 4-1 13-3/1st: Loss to Green Bay in the season finale snapped an 11-game winning streak.

2004 Patriots 4-1 14-2/1st: Aside from a one-point loss in Miami, Pats dominated final eight opponents.

2004 Eagles 3-2 13-3/1st: They started 13-1 but lost their final games to the St . Louis Rams and Cincinnati.

2003 Patriots 5-0 14-2/ 1st: After a 2-2 start, the Pats won their final 12 games of the season

*2003 Panthers 3-1 11-5/1st: Panthers closed with three-game winning streak after three-game losing streak.

2002 Buccs 3-2 12-4/1st: Offenses scored only 22 points in final two games but came to life in the playoffs.

2002 Raiders 4-1 11-5/1st: Closed out the season with convincing wins over two division rivals.

2001 Patriots 5-0 11-5/1st: Capitalized on a Week 16 bye and closed season with a 38-6 victory at Carolina.

2001 Rams 6-0 14-2/1st: Dominated their final two opponents at home, outscoring them 73-30

*2000 Ravens 3-0 12-4/2nd: After a drought, the offense started to click toward the end of the season.

2000 Giants 4-0 12-4/1st: Finished season with five-game winning streak, including three on the road.

1999 Rams 4-1 13-3/1st: A 38-31 losses to Philadelphia in the finale ended seven-game winning streak and woke them up.

1999 Titans 4-1 13-3/ 2nd: Won final four games of the season after a 41-14 loss at Baltimore.

1998 Broncos 2-2 14-2/ 1st: After a 13-0 start, they lost two consecutive on the road before winning finale.

1998 Falcons 4-0 14-2/ 1st Closed out season with nine consecutive wins.

*Played in wild-card game.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 29, 2008

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