NFL fandom map shows Purple Nation extending into Iowa and the Dakotas [IMAGE]

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Heck, there are even some purple counties in Nebraska.
The Vikings aren't just Minnesota's team. They're also the Northern Iowa Vikings, the North Dakota Vikings, and the Eastern South Dakota Vikings, apparently.

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Facebook's data science team analyzed more than 35 million NFL team "likes" to produce a county-by-county map of America's favorite football teams. It shows that Purple Nation is one of the geographically largest of any team, though it is sparsely populated on the periphery.

Here's the map (click to enlarge):

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You can read more about the methodology behind the map here.

Notice -- and appreciate -- the neat demarcation of NFL allegiances between Minnesota and the Land of Cheese. Because if any Minnesota county went green, the legislature might have to consider forcing it to secede to Wisconsin.

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