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Fox Sports Tennessee:
NASHVILLE A steady and chilling rain fell straight down Friday afternoon on the Vanderbilt football team. The Commodores were prepping in their own stadium for a bowl game just a short cab uh, bus ride away.
As practice closed, a sense of exuberance mixed with confidence seemed to possess these Commodores. Call it history already made and even more possibly to come for a team that is about to play in back-to-back bowl games for the first time in program history.
Beat North Carolina State (7-5) on Monday in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at nearby LP Field, and Vandy (8-4) will have won nine games in a season for the first time since 1915.
U.S. President in 1915 for 100, please Alex. The question is, who is Woodrow Wilson? Vanderbilt football coach in 1915 for Fort Knox, please Alex? The question is, who is Dan McGugin, for whom the Vanderbilt athletic complex is named?
Yes, these could well be the best of times for Vanderbilt football under second-year coa...
BEST OF MAXIM
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- In this week's meeting with the media, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers talked about facing the Minnesota Vikings this weekend, getting Jordy Nelson back, his level of trust in the team's running backs, and more.
Five question-and-answer highlights:
1. What is the locker-room mentality right now heading into the final regular-season game?
GREEN BAY, Wis. Aaron Rodgers grew up watching Steve Young scramble, stay alive in the pocket and connect on throws downfield several seconds after most NFL quarterbacks would have thrown the ball away. That is how Rodgers believes the position is best played, and it's worked well enough for him to result in a Super Bowl championship and a Most Valuable Player award before the...
Aaron Rodgers has proven himself as a passer, but the Vikings are particularly impressed with his ability to move around, both in the pocket and outside, creating a lot of problems for the defenders in coverage.
This season’s MVP debate has dwindled down to a two-man race in recent weeks. Peyton Manning‘s rebirth in Denver and Adrian Peterson‘s medical miracle with the Vikings have taken center stage and appear to be the only contenders remaining — at least, that’s the idea floating around the NFL. The league’s reigning MVP might have something to say about that, though.
After last season’s finish for the Packers, playing well at the end of the season has become a theme for 2012. Can Aaron Rodgers deliver? Signs are at least pointing upward. Matt Tevsh takes a look at his history closing out seasons, including comments this week from his coaches.
How have the Vikings gone from 3-13 to fighting for a playoff spot? Look no further than Antonio Winfield, who coach Mike McCarthy called one of his favorite players on another team and Aaron Rodgers called "probably the toughest pound-for-pound guy in the league."
Position coach Jerry Fontenot has helped Jermichael Finley get back on track after a disappointing first nine games to the season. With Fontenot making things more fun, Finley has become a go-to weapon and regained the trust of Aaron Rodgers.
In one of the most remarkable games imaginable, the Vikings beat the Packers 37-34 on a last-play field goal. Adrian Peterson rushed for 199 yards to outduel Aaron Rodgers, who threw for 365 yards and four touchdowns.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Regular-season NFL games don't get any bigger than Sunday's regular-season finale when the Minnesota Vikings host the Green Bay Packers.
In the biggest game for Minnesota since the 2010 season-opener, the stakes are high with playoff positioning on the line for both teams. There's also the side story of Adrian Peterson's chase for the single...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. With the top seed in the NFC clinched last year, the Green Bay Packers entered their final regular-season game sitting several star players like MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers, cornerback Charles Woodson, linebacker Clay Matthews and receiver Greg Jennings.
Two weeks later, Green Bay lost its first playoff game to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants...
Of the many changes and upgrades that the NFL has made to enhance its appeal in catering to the needs of its fans, the move to having all divisional matchups in Week 17 is among the shrewdest. The league, specifically commissioner Roger Goodell, have done just about everything right as it relates to the structure of the schedule, the matchups, and providing the most enticing and...
The Packers had just three players selected to the all-star team, including benched center Jeff Saturday. The others: Aaron Rodgers, who will start at quarterback, and Clay Matthews, who has missed a quarter of the season.
Green Bay Packers (11-4) at Minnesota Vikings (9-6)
There are many reasons to like the Vikings here. They’ve played great football at home, going 6-1 with wins over San Francisco and Chicago, as opposed to 3-4 on the road. They played the Packers tight a few weeks back and that was in Green Bay. They’re also playing very good football right now, winning 3 in a row since that...