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Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, right, tries to break a tackle by Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith, left, after making a reception during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)

Rookie DBs come up big for Vikings

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EDEN PRAIRIE — In the biggest game of the season, the faces of the future for the Minnesota Vikings defense were never more present.

Safety Harrison Smith and cornerback Josh Robinson, two rookies who are supposed to be learning the ropes and suffering through growing pains, made two of the most important plays of the game to help their team beat the Chicago Bears and stay in the playoff hunt.

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