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Local Story 2 12/2 Vikings back in playoff race

Three weeks ago, the Vikings looked like they were headed for the exits. Now, after a 42-10 victory Sunday over the Detroit Lions that was fueled by scoring 28 points in the second quarter alone, the Vikings are in a three-way tie for the second NFC wild card playoff spot with a 6-6 record.

An Associated Press story focused the lead on star rookie running back Adrian Peterson, who returned after suffering a leg injury three weeks ago against Green Bay. Typical with recaps of NFL games, the writer mixes in statistics with storytelling, reporting on the reversals of fortune for both teams (Detroit was 6-2 four weeks ago and now have lost four straight). Once the storytelling is done, the key stats are listed for those interested in player performances.

Kevin Siefert, beat writer for the Star Tribune, makes a joke for his lead as the Vikings by saying they were clinging to a 32-point lead midway through the third quarter, an almost insurmountable margin by that point. Continuing on the "fun" aspect of ripping the opponents apart, Siefer brings the human element of the story into play when the article talks about Kenechi Udeze's interception return that was halted by his slow-motion run; he got tackled from behind. He ends the article on a more serious tone with another player reaction as safety Darren Sharper commented on how good the Vikings can perform if running on all cylinders.