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Posted Dec. 23, 2010 @ 4:58 p.m. ET
By Alex Mayster

Take a quick stroll down memory lane with PFW for a recap of the Vikings' Week 16 contests each of the last five seasons:

2009: The Vikings rallied from 16 down to send their game against the Bears to overtime, but Minnesota couldn't pull it out in the end and fell 36-30 to Chicago. The Vikings outscored the Bears 30-14 after the break, with a pair of touchdowns coming from RB Adrian Peterson. Minnesota tied it on Peterson's second score, only to have the Bears answer right back to go up by a score. QB Brett Favre then found Sidney Rice with just 16 second remaining to send it to OT, but the Bears got the last laugh with an overtime TD. 

2008: Minnesota TE Visanthe Shiancoe reeled in a pair of touchdown passes in the Vikings 24-17 loss to the Falcons. After an early Atlanta touchdown, Shiancoe tied things at 7-7 with a 21-yard touchdown reception from QB Tarvaris Jackson. But the Falcons would score 17-staight points in the second and third quarters, and Minnesota was unable to rally with just a 10-point fourth.

2007: The Vikings trailed Washington by 25 points late in the third quarter before the offense finally started to click. Jackson made a valiant effort to get Minnesota back into it with a pair of rushing scores and a two-yard pass to TE Jim Kleinasser, but the Redskins' lead was too big to overcome. Jackson had a team-high 44 rushing yards on eight carries.

2006: Minnesota lost a battle of defense, falling 9-7 to the Packers. The Vikings' "D" held Green Bay to a pair of field goals in the first half, and took a 7-6 lead in the third on a 47-yard interception return TD from CB Fred Smoot. But with just 1:34 remaining, the Packers' third field goal of the game proved to be the game-winner as PK Dave Rayner hit a 44-yarder. Jackson completed just 10-of-20 passes in the game for 50 yards.

2005: The Vikings let a late lead slip away in a 30-23 loss to the Ravens. QB Brad Johnson hit RB Travis Taylor and TE Jermaine Wiggins for TD passes in the first half, and a pair of field goals from PK Paul Edinger gave Minnesota a 20-17 lead entering the fourth quarter. But the Ravens would answer with 13 striaght points in the final quarter, and the Vikings were unable match the output. 

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