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Vikings playoff hopes dwindling following loss to Rams

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NFL: Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) runs after a catch against Los Angeles Rams free safety Taylor Rapp (24) during the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Thielen was hurt on the play and left the game, but would return.
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MINNEAPOLIS -- On the day after Christmas, Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford was still in a giving mood. But the Minnesota Vikings were not able to take full advantage of the gifts he bestowed.

Despite Stafford throwing three interceptions, two to linebacker Anthony Barr inside the Rams’ 15-yard line, the Rams held on for a 30-23 victory over Minnesota on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The loss dealt a severe blow to the Vikings’ playoff hopes, dropping Minnesota (7-8) dropped from the No. 7 spot to No. 9 in the NFC playoff race. Philadelphia (8-7) moved ahead in the seven-team playoff chase with a 34-10 home win over the New York Giants. With two games left, Minnesota also would fall a game behind No. 8 New Orleans (7-7) if the Saints beat Miami on Monday night. Seven teams will make the NFC playoffs.

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“I’m frustrated, disappointed,” Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins said. “Had an opportunity at home, and it’s disappointing because a win here (Sunday), you do control your destiny and you’re in a better place.”

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Bow hunter, 80, lands her ninth bull elk while visiting Utah

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Evie Johnson says she'll continue to bow hunt until she can't pull back the bow any longer. “I have good genes," she said. "It's something I like doing."
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BEMIDJI — Even though she grew up in a hunting family on a farm southwest of Bemidji, Evie Johnson didn’t do much hunting herself until she was in her 40s.

She’s 80 years old now and has been bow hunting big game for some 38 years. On Sept. 5, Evie harvested her ninth bull elk with a clean shot from her tree stand in northeastern Utah. The big boy yielded 195 pounds of meat, so much that Evie and husband Ken had to buy a new freezer.

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