Brian Robison: Vikings learned in 2016 it can “go south real quick” if not focused

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The Vikings have won seven straight games after a 2-2 start to position themselves at the top of the NFC North and as one of the top contenders in the conference with the playoffs rapidly approaching.

One thing the team wants to work on in the coming weeks is finishing games without letting opponents take bites out of the big, early leads they are building up. That goes hand in hand with guarding against any complacency that might seep in thanks to the gap the team has built over other aspiring postseason participants.

Defensive end Brian Robison believes that opening last season 5-0 before stumbling to an 8-8 record at the end of the season will benefit the team as they close out this year.

“We started 5-0 last year and were clicking on all cylinders, and obviously we had a lot of injuries and things like that, but down the stretch we had some ballgames we were in that we very easily could have won and just weren’t able to finish it off,” Robison said, via the Pioneer Press. “For us, I think it helps us focus this year. I also think it helps us realize it doesn’t matter how many games you win, it can go south real quick if you don’t stay focused.”

The Vikings sit just one game behind the Eagles in the race for the top seed in the NFC, which should provide ample reason to keep focused on adding to their win total down the stretch. It should also help that they’ll be facing the Falcons and Panthers, who may be on the team’s postseason schedule, in the next two weeks.

56 responses to “Brian Robison: Vikings learned in 2016 it can “go south real quick” if not focused

  1. Tell that to the Eagles, who are too busy dancing, celebrating, and posing for group pictures during their games.

  2. Just remember Viking fans, like you’ve told us for years, if you don’t win it all you’re just chokers. Or does that only work one way?

  3. No matter how good the Vikings can be during a season history has proven that they will somehow someway find a way to loose in the most heartbreaking way imaginable. Hopefully this is the Vikings year. They are deserving.

  4. Just remember Viking fans, like you’ve told us for years, if you don’t win it all you’re just chokers. Or does that only work one way?

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    25 years of Hall of Fame QB play = 2 Super Bowl wins. While not bad, its less than what you would expect, wouldn’t you say?

  5. pkrlvr says:
    November 28, 2017 at 10:30 am
    Just remember Viking fans, like you’ve told us for years, if you don’t win it all you’re just chokers. Or does that only work one way?
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    Actually, it’s packer fans who always claim that you have accomplished nothing unless you win a Super Bowl. We just use packer fan rules on the packers.

    How’s your offseason going?

  6. pkrlvr says:
    November 28, 2017 at 10:30 am
    Just remember Viking fans, like you’ve told us for years, if you don’t win it all you’re just chokers. Or does that only work one way?

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    Yeah, Viking fans invented that. Because, we all know the cheese for brains NEVER called the Vikings chokers for losing the SBs, NFCCGs and other playoff games.

  7. I didn’t think the team was “clicking on all cylinders” last year even when they were 5-0. They were doing it with smoke and mirrors because they have forced a ton of turnovers and got several defensive and special teams TD’s and their offensive line was bad even when healthy. This years team isn’t get any D/ST scores but there offensive line is rock solid and, as a result, their offense ranks 5th in yards per game and 9th in scoring. This years team is much more balanced and built for success.

  8. pkrlvr says:
    November 28, 2017 at 10:30 am
    Just remember Viking fans, like you’ve told us for years, if you don’t win it all you’re just chokers. Or does that only work one way?

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    No you are 100% correct. If we secure home field throughout playoffs and fail to win the SB in our own stadium then yes we would ckoke. Funny you and stella use the same verbage. Are you guys the one and the same? Dilly Dilly?

  9. fakevikesfansteve says:
    November 28, 2017 at 10:42 am

    No matter how good the Vikings can be during a season history has proven that they will somehow someway find a way to loose in the most heartbreaking way imaginable. Hopefully this is the Vikings year. They are deserving.

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    Get off the bandwagon with your fake Vikings love. There’s plenty of room on the wagon in Brown County, WI. You deserve to be over there.

  10. Packer fans predict they will win the Super Bowl every season. In fact, they predict that they will clinch the division in November every season (and that the Vikings will finish third or worse). With that level of confidence in your team, what else would you call it when they fail to achieve those lofty goals?

    Meanwhile, any degree of optimism expressed by Viking fans about their team is immediately shot down by Packer fans. If a Viking fan says, “I think the Vikings have a good chance to win this week,” that’s interpreted by Packer fans as “the Vikings are a lock to win the Super Bowl every year for the next decade.”

    We’re playing by Packer fan rules. You say your team is great and will win the Super Bowl and the Vikings are terrible and will never win anything. Therefore, the Packers failing to win the Super Bowl is a choke and the Vikings failing to win the Super Bowl is as expected, right?

  11. Early in the season, the Vikings lost a couple games. Then they started beating the teams they were supposed to beat, then they started beating playoff contenders. Unlike last year, they’re getting better as the season goes along. Who knows when they will peak? Hopefully, early February.

  12. The only thing I know for sure is that teams like the Browns, 49ers, Giants, and Packers will not win the Super Bowl. I’m just happy as we enter December that my team is still being talked about in NFL circles as a team that will contend. Every single week, the team that loses to the Vikings is beat up after their game. This is a physical team that can beat anybody right now.

  13. pkrlvr says:

    November 28, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Just remember Viking fans, like you’ve told us for years, if you don’t win it all you’re just chokers. Or does that only work one way?
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    This is a Vikings story. Why are you here again, with the 2nd comment even?

    Oh yeah, because your fan base is a pack of hypocrites. You want to castigate( I will wait for you to look that word up) Vikings fans for being on packers stories, yet you guys do the same thing.

    Sorry we broke your QB. Send him back for the next vikes game so we can finish the job.

  14. Teams that have never won a super bowl:

    Tennessee, LA chargers, philthy , Minnesota, Jacksonville, Houston, Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Carolina, Buffalo, Atlanta, and Arizona.

    It takes more than a ticket to the dance to win the biggest prize in football. Teams have win streaks and moments but only the greatest organizations can complete the ultimate goal. Not a coincidence that neither of these 13 franchises have never won.

  15. Steve Jensen-you nailed it! That is exactly how they won, plus playing a Giants and Packers team before they got hot. This team is playing well, not great. Hard to explain that D having too many lapses in games where they build a nice lead. It’s like they are being paid to keep games close, or the refs get paid to keep games close…..Yes, I went there. Special teams are not very special this yr either. Could they cost the team a playoff win again this year?

  16. pkrlvr says:
    November 28, 2017 at 11:32 am
    Uh oh, I spoke the truth and the purples are unhappy. The hypocrisy is strong here.

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    Yes, the hypocrisy is very strong in your home.

  17. The biggest difference from last year is obviously the offensive line. Signing Reiff and Remmers (solid). Drafting Elflein who is playing like a veteran and it allowed Berger to move back to guard. Easton is a surprise and is playing great. Throwing Boone and Clemmings overboard was addition by subtraction. Spielman focused on the problem and fixed it. Best GM in football.

  18. sportoficionado says:
    November 28, 2017 at 12:05 pm
    Teams that have never won a super bowl:

    Tennessee, LA chargers, philthy , Minnesota, Jacksonville, Houston, Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Carolina, Buffalo, Atlanta, and Arizona.

    It takes more than a ticket to the dance to win the biggest prize in football. Teams have win streaks and moments but only the greatest organizations can complete the ultimate goal. Not a coincidence that neither of these 13 franchises have never won.

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    The word “neither” refers to two, as in one or the other, not a group of 13.

    Put another way, it appears that you passed neither English or grammar while in school.

  19. pkrlvr:

    Yeah that wasn’t the definition of a choke job in Seattle or having their asses handed to them by Atlanta last year. You don’t have to hear it from Vikings fans. Plenty has been written and plenty of Packers’ fans have bitched about Mike McCarthy’s play calling for years. Hell, you can just look back to this Sunday. Check the message boards.

  20. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    November 28, 2017 at 11:26 am
    South starts Sunday in Atlanta

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    I thought you packers said south would start weeks ago in Washington. Please make up your minds.

  21. No wonder the Viking fans are chewing their nails to the bone. They know, now that they have had ProBowl caliber play from the QB position for nearly two years, if they don’t win the SuperBowl………it will be a choke-job. Their big mouths have made it so. Make no mistake……….they made the rules.

    Good luck! Don’t choke!

  22. pkrlvr says:
    November 28, 2017 at 11:32 am
    Uh oh, I spoke the truth and the purples are unhappy. The hypocrisy is strong here.
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    Um no.
    You lie like most packer fans.
    Based on packer fan predictions of finishing last, the Vikings have already exceeded packer fan expectations. No matter how packer fans slice it, the Vikings have had a great year based on packer fans expectations.

    How’s your offseason going?

  23. iejdaniel says:
    November 28, 2017 at 12:20 pm
    sportoficionado says:
    November 28, 2017 at 12:05 pm
    Teams that have never won a super bowl:

    Tennessee, LA chargers, philthy , Minnesota, Jacksonville, Houston, Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Carolina, Buffalo, Atlanta, and Arizona.

    It takes more than a ticket to the dance to win the biggest prize in football. Teams have win streaks and moments but only the greatest organizations can complete the ultimate goal. Not a coincidence that neither of these 13 franchises have never won.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The word “neither” refers to two, as in one or the other, not a group of 13.

    Put another way, it appears that you passed neither English or grammar while in school.

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    Cowgirl fan

  24. Come on folks, like their team the Aaron Rodgerers, the cheesers are now irrelevant — why bother even responding? All they’ve now got are musty old championship and Viking collapse cracks — they need that stuff to survive and remain sane like a fly needs cow dung.

    Having said that, I’m honestly not sure if the Vikings are gonna win or lose the next two games. Should be a pretty decent measuring stick.

  25. Not this year.
    We’re going to the top.
    Home field advantage in the Super Bowl!
    We have the most complete team in the NFL and the most dominant D.
    Hide your quarterbacks. Just ask any Dopey Cheesehead what happens when your smug QB crosses the line.
    Maybe the Cheesers should resign Bart Starr, though the last time I checked he was goofy and confused.
    Probably for the better anyway. He won’t realize he’s playing in a cow pasture.
    Hide your QBs, we’re coming and there ain’t a Damn thing you can do about it.

  26. Wow, jimmarshall.
    Way to keep the Barneys reputation classy.
    Nothing spells decency like ridiculing a Hall of Famer suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
    Aren’t there any handicap children you can kick around?
    But, quite honestly, I would expect nothing else.

    Just remember, as your team coasts to a division title, nothing short of a Super Bowl win is just another embarrassing, epic choke job!

  27. Not living up to your POTENTIAL is choking. Minnesota is one of the biggest surprises in the League this year so are thus OVERACHIEVING. Impossible for them to choke this year unlike the Packers that should have about 5 or 6 SB wins during the Favre Rodgers years.

  28. But, quite honestly, I would expect nothing else.

    Just remember, as your team coasts to a division title, nothing short of a Super Bowl win is just another embarrassing, epic choke job!

    >>>

    Quit crying. Your fanbase, when winning, is constantly making classless jokes about Korey Stringer, 35W, child abuse, raping women and roofers safety.
    Oh, and no other team has choked further into the playoffs for past 6 consecutive season like you green bay rodgers!

  29. stellarperformance says:
    November 28, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    No wonder the Viking fans are chewing their nails to the bone. They know, now that they have had ProBowl caliber play from the QB position for nearly two years, if they don’t win the SuperBowl………it will be a choke-job. Their big mouths have made it so. Make no mistake……….they made the rules.

    Good luck! Don’t choke!
    ____________

    So let me get this straight. If the Vikings get “ProBowl caliber play from the QB position for nearly two years,” that’s equivalent to the 25 years of Hall of Fame caliber play the Packers have had from their QBs? The expectations for the Vikings should be as high as they are for the Packers because the QB position is a push? So now you’re saying Aaron Rodgers is no better than Sam Bradford was last year?

    Please note that Sam Bradford did not make the Pro Bowl last year, but apparently you consider his play “pro bowl caliber,” so that means he was just as good as Aaron Rodgers. From now on, please refer to your quarterback as “Pro Bowl caliber (but not quite in the Pro Bowl) quarterback Aaron Rodgers.”

    Personally, I’ll still think of Rodgers as one of the best quarterbacks of all time. That’s more obvious than ever after observing the disgusting mess your franchise became after they lost him. It’s too bad your coach and GM couldn’t put an “NFL caliber roster” around him.

  30. wafflestomp says:
    November 28, 2017 at 1:04 pm
    Wow, jimmarshall.
    Way to keep the Barneys reputation classy.
    Nothing spells decency like ridiculing a Hall of Famer suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
    Aren’t there any handicap children you can kick around?
    But, quite honestly, I would expect nothing else.

    Just remember, as your team coasts to a division title, nothing short of a Super Bowl win is just another embarrassing, epic choke job!
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    Shut up, wafflestump.
    Nobody cares about you or your stupid team.
    People get Alzheimer’s, deal with it.
    As for handicap children, if they’re wearing Packer jerseys they’re fair game. You might even say they deserve it.
    Over half your fans are handicap or retarded anyway.
    Stop coming on Viking stories and posting you sob filled comments.
    As for the Vikings choking, it ain’t going to happen.
    Their D is superior to none.
    The Packers have embarrassed the NFLCentral long enough with your choke job performances.
    It finally time for a real winner to show you how it’s done.
    Purple Pride!!!

  31. kingthielenscourt says:
    November 28, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Not living up to your POTENTIAL is choking. Minnesota is one of the biggest surprises in the League this year so are thus OVERACHIEVING. Impossible for them to choke this year unlike the Packers that should have about 5 or 6 SB wins during the Favre Rodgers years.
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    I think this season has proven that the Packers have been overachieving for years. For Rodgers to overcome the terrible roster, coaching, GM, and fans around him to drag that stinking carcass into the playoffs every year, he should be retroactively named League MVP every year of his career.

  32. pkrlvr says:

    Uh oh, I spoke the truth and the purples are unhappy.
    #######

    The next time you speak the truth, will be the first time.

  33. jimmarshall, all I can say is, Wow.

    A. Saying your D is superior to none, actually means it’s not better than anyone else’s D.

    B. The Packers, as well as your Vikings, actually play in the NFC North division.

    C. Making fun of handicap and mentally challenged people is seriously about the most classless thing a person can do.

    Again, juvenile insults and put downs is the last resort of a person who has no valid point or argument.

  34. Frazier28/7 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 1:17 pm
    But, quite honestly, I would expect nothing else.

    Just remember, as your team coasts to a division title, nothing short of a Super Bowl win is just another embarrassing, epic choke job!
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Winning the Division is more than EVERY Pro Analysts thought would happen. In fact, most thought it would be Detroit or Green Bay THEN Minnesota in 3rd place. But the biggest thing this fan base has for our team that Green Bay will never have is love and support no matter the record. We are already delighted the way the season has gone. Every new win is simply Hot Fudge on the ice cream. If Green Bay looses more than 2 or 3 games a year, you guys are ready to fire every single Coach, assistant, and GM, down to the Cheerleaders and Water Boys!

  35. Viking fans have been saying for years they are better at all positions but quarterback. They only needed a QB. They now have Pro-Bowl caliber performances from their QB’s going on two years.

    By Viking fans accounts, each and every year the Packers failed to win the SuperBowl…..they choked. It didn’t matter they were underdogs on the road, it didn’t matter they went to overtime on the road. They choked. Those are the rules Viking fans made for the Packers.

    So…..it’s your time. You have your Pro-Bowl caliber QB’s, you have your “vaunted” defense, you’re better at all positions, all your coaches are superior, even your fans are the best in the NFL ( just ask ’em!)

    If the Vikings don’t win the SuperBowl, it’s a choke-job. It seems unfair, but, you guys made the rules. Your not backing down from your own rules, are you?

    Good luck! Don’t choke!

  36. stellarperformance says:
    November 28, 2017 at 1:58 pm
    Viking fans have been saying for years they are better at all positions but quarterback. They only needed a QB. They now have Pro-Bowl caliber performances from their QB’s going on two years.

    By Viking fans accounts, each and every year the Packers failed to win the SuperBowl…..they choked. It didn’t matter they were underdogs on the road, it didn’t matter they went to overtime on the road. They choked. Those are the rules Viking fans made for the Packers.

    So…..it’s your time. You have your Pro-Bowl caliber QB’s, you have your “vaunted” defense, you’re better at all positions, all your coaches are superior, even your fans are the best in the NFL ( just ask ’em!)

    If the Vikings don’t win the SuperBowl, it’s a choke-job. It seems unfair, but, you guys made the rules. Your not backing down from your own rules, are you?

    Good luck! Don’t choke!
    —————————————-
    Agreed. And worth repeating.
    As a frequent visitor and poster of this site, this has been the mantra of the Barneys fan base for years and years.
    It’s their version of the classic comeback, “Oh, Yeah!”

    But, I can see they’re already laying the groundwork of excuses for why their own rules don’t apply to them, hilarious as they may be.
    I’m going to enjoy the impending implosion.

  37. stellarperformance says:
    November 28, 2017 at 1:58 pm
    Viking fans have been saying for years they are better at all positions but quarterback. They only needed a QB. They now have Pro-Bowl caliber performances from their QB’s going on two years.

    By Viking fans accounts, each and every year the Packers failed to win the SuperBowl…..they choked. It didn’t matter they were underdogs on the road, it didn’t matter they went to overtime on the road. They choked. Those are the rules Viking fans made for the Packers.

    So…..it’s your time. You have your Pro-Bowl caliber QB’s, you have your “vaunted” defense, you’re better at all positions, all your coaches are superior, even your fans are the best in the NFL ( just ask ’em!)

    If the Vikings don’t win the SuperBowl, it’s a choke-job. It seems unfair, but, you guys made the rules. Your not backing down from your own rules, are you?

    Good luck! Don’t choke
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    That is literally the 10th time in the last four days you have posted the exact same thing. At least some of the other cheese trolls try to be a little original. Such a hack.

  38. Amazed at the angst displayed by Packer fans. The worst of it (for them) is the knowledge that without Rodgers their squad is a paper tiger. Just like Viking fans have been saying for years. Minnesota has a built a solid team. The rest is undecided but wow, are they tough!

    The focus is solely on Atlanta, as it must be. Every journey is taken one step at a time.

    Proud of my team! SKOL Vikings!!

  39. Liberalsruineverything says:
    November 28, 2017 at 2:40 pm
    That is literally the 10th time in the last four days you have posted the exact same thing. At least some of the other cheese trolls try to be a little original. Such a hack.
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    Thanks for the update………I’d lost track.

    For the record, nobody, and I mean nobody, is more repetitious than Viking fans. Take a look through your ranks. Count up the “fake Packer fans,” too embarrassed to show their colors. Take a look at “the usual suspects.” You’ve got one proud goatherder still living in the seventies and can’t get out! He brings up the same irrelevant nonsense five times per week, on Viking threads, Packer threads, and most anything he can. Not to mention the obvious schoolboys you call “pals.”

    Sorry, you guys take the cake on this one.

  40. You don’t know how to comprehend what you read do you?

    Bandwagon? Another stupid comment.

    Any real Vikings fan knows the pain. You don’t troll.

    Do the letters FO mean anything to you? Doubt it because you don’t understand what you’ve read.

    housemusic1200 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 11:22 am
    fakevikesfansteve says:
    November 28, 2017 at 10:42 am

    No matter how good the Vikings can be during a season history has proven that they will somehow someway find a way to loose in the most heartbreaking way imaginable. Hopefully this is the Vikings year. They are deserving.

    ///////////

    Get off the bandwagon with your fake Vikings love. There’s plenty of room on the wagon in Brown County, WI. You deserve to be over there.

  41. stellarperformance says:
    November 28, 2017 at 4:19 pm
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    November 28, 2017 at 2:40 pm
    That is literally the 10th time in the last four days you have posted the exact same thing. At least some of the other cheese trolls try to be a little original. Such a hack.
    ///////////////////////////////////////

    Thanks for the update………I’d lost track.

    For the record, nobody, and I mean nobody, is more repetitious than Viking fans. Take a look through your ranks. Count up the “fake Packer fans,” too embarrassed to show their colors. Take a look at “the usual suspects.” You’ve got one proud goatherder still living in the seventies and can’t get out! He brings up the same irrelevant nonsense five times per week, on Viking threads, Packer threads, and most anything he can. Not to mention the obvious schoolboys you call “pals.”

    Sorry, you guys take the cake on this one.
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    Hold on to those memories of some good times for the Packers Stella. That’s all that’s left. It will get better one day, but not anytime soon. Stomping up and down and yelling like a kid won’t change anything.

  42. I love that the only thing Packer fans have to say these days is that the Vikings might not win the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, they’re working themselves into a frenzy in anticipation of their Super Bowl, which will be played December 23.

  43. pkrlvr says:
    November 28, 2017 at 10:30 am
    Just remember Viking fans, like you’ve told us for years, if you don’t win it all you’re just chokers. Or does that only work one way

    ***
    Other way around pal. Packer fans don’t shut up about championships and make fun of our “participation ribbons.” Remember? If you all who say that as nauseun

  44. In Teddy We Trust says:
    November 28, 2017 at 11:26 am
    Packer fans predict they will win the Super Bowl every season. In fact, they predict that they will clinch the division in November every season (and that the Vikings will finish third or worse). With that level of confidence in your team, what else would you call it when they fail to achieve those lofty goals?

    Meanwhile, any degree of optimism expressed by Viking fans about their team is immediately shot down by Packer fans. If a Viking fan says, “I think the Vikings have a good chance to win this week,” that’s interpreted by Packer fans as “the Vikings are a lock to win the Super Bowl every year for the next decade.”

    We’re playing by Packer fan rules. You say your team is great and will win the Super Bowl and the Vikings are terrible and will never win anything. Therefore, the Packers failing to win the Super Bowl is a choke and the Vikings failing to win the Super Bowl is as expected, right?

    ***

    *slow clap*

  45. One game at a time. The NFL is fickle. We still have 5 weeks left to let things play out. When the dust settles, lets hope the Vikes are looking at some home games. Baring a meltdown of historical proportions, we at minimum make the playoffs. That alone is a major victory due to the fact that we lost Bradford and Cook early on.

  46. salmen76 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Vikings suck! I keep my phone on Vikings mode, ‘no ring’! Aint it cool! Geaux Saints!
    ))))))))))))))))))))
    Geauxing no where. Your fraud team played 3 good teams and lost everyone of those games. It wasn’t close you scord at the end for cosmetics only. Beat completely. Just not good enough Aints.

  47. Yikes. For the life of me I’ll never understand why Packers fans spend so much time reading Vikings articles and feeling the need to talk trash on them. Personally, I’ve never visited the Packers page because they’re not “my” team to root for.

    Being 5-6 must take it’s tole. I can’t wait for Josh Gordon to shred the Packers secondary next week.

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