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Restaurant divided for NFC wild card battle

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Packers fans had reason to cheer after a 24-10 victory Saturday night. Packers fans had reason to cheer after a 24-10 victory Saturday night.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Iowa is in a unique position of not having a professional sports team. It means the freedom to choose your favorite, sometimes based on geography or for other reasons entirely. There are times where picking can even divide a household.

When you walk into a sports bar on the weekend, you expect things to be busy and trash talk to be rampant.

"It's in Green Bay, so it should be no problem at all. A blowout is what I predict," said Houser.

Hours before an NFC North showdown, Zach Boyd was busy in the kitchen, hoping to finish his shift in time to watch his favorite team: The Minnesota Vikings.

"I've been watching them forever. Been going to games in the Dome, been to many games up there," said Boyd.

Green Bay is about 550 miles away from Sioux City, while Minneapolis is about 300.

"That's the great thing about America. You've got the freedom to choose," said Boyd.

Call Boyd a "superfan." He's born and raised on all things Vikings, and even has a tattoo of a Viking on his right arm. He has his dad to thank for that.

"He's been watching them since 1961. So, he's watched them, I've watched them. My daughter even watches them, so it's in the family," said Boyd.

As game time approaches, Jason Houser, another cook and a die-hard Packers fan, is busy preparing food and for his team to win.

"You want a good team, you go with Green Bay. You want a team that hasn't won a Super Bowl, you go with the Vikings," said Houser.

The teams split their regular season match-ups, but Green Bay was heavily favored.

"If you're losing, especially when there's more Vikings fans back here than Packers fans, so it can be difficult when you're losing. But if you're winning it's a lot of fun. ," said Houser.

Bragging rights go to Houser and his Packers this year. Vikings fans will get another chance next season.

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