MINNESOTA VIKINGS (10-6) VS. GREEN BAY PACKERS (11-5) (NBC)
WHEN: 8:00 p.m. est January 5th
WHERE: Lambeau Field
TV: Al Michaels (play-by-play) and Cris Collinsworth (analyst) with Michele Tafoya on the sideline for NBC.
RADIO: Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) & Larry McCarren (analyst) for AM-620 and Packer Radio Network
INTERNET: Cheesehead TV Gameday Live Blog
The GREEN BAY PACKERS (11-5) host the NFC North rival MINNESOTA VIKINGS (10-6) in the third game between the clubs this year. During the regular season, the home team won both contests, with the Vikings kicking a field goal as time expired to earn a 37-34 victory in Week 17 and a Wild Card berth.
While the division foes meet in the playoffs for only the second time (2004 Wild Card), both have frequented the NFL’s second season as the Packers (46) and Vikings (45) rank fourth and fifth, respectively, for most postseason games all-time.
With a 29-17 record, Green Bay also owns the league’s top postseason winning percentage (.630) and can become the third team in league annals (DALLAS, 33; PITTSBURGH 33) with 30 playoff victories.
The Packers are led by quarterback AARON RODGERS, who finished the season with the league’s top passer rating (108.0) and possesses the highest passer rating (105.5) in NFL postseason history. Rodgers has passed for more yards (2,840) and touchdowns (24) against Minnesota than any other opponent.
Vikings running back ADRIAN PETERSON, who rushed for 199 yards and two touchdowns last week and tied Pro Football Hall of Famer EARL CAMPBELL (1980) for the most 150-yard games (seven) in a season in league history, registered 2,097 rushing yards in 2012, the second-most in a season in NFL history (Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON, 2,105 in 1984). In 12 career games against Green Bay, Peterson has 1,442 rushing yards (120.2 per game), his most against any opponent.
Have won 13 NFL championships, most all-time. Team’s .630 postseason winning pct. (29-17) is best in NFL history. Club has 29 playoff wins, 3rd most in NFL annals. Team makes 28th playoff appearance, 3rd most in NFL history. Won division for 20th time in team history.
Packers had 3 players selected to Pro Bowl: LB CLAY MATTHEWS (4th), QB AARON RODGERS (3rd) & C JEFF SATURDAY (6th)
QB Rodgers led NFL (108.0) in passer rating for 2nd season in row. Has 100+ rating in 4 consecutive seasons & joined HOFer STEVE YOUNG (1991-94) as only QBs to accomplish feat. Has 105.5 postseason rating, highest in NFL history. His 1.82 INT pct. (4 INTs, 220 att.) is 3rd lowest in NFL postseason annals. In 10 career starts vs. Min., Rodgers has 24 TDs, 4 INTs & 116.4 rating. In career, incl. playoffs, Packers are 29-2 (.935) when Rodgers starts & has 115+ rating
RB DU JUAN HARRIS rushed for career-high 70 yards in Week 17 vs. Min.
RB RYAN GRANT holds franchise single-game playoff records with 201 rush yards & 3 rush TDs (Div., 1/12/08 vs. Sea.)
WR-PR-KR RANDALL COBB is 1st player in NFL history with 900+ KR (964) & 900+ rec. (954) yards in same season. Led team with career-high 80 catches & 954 yards.
WR JAMES JONES led NFL with career-high 14 rec. TDs, tied for 4th most in season in team history. Had 5 TDs in final 3 games of season. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Min. with TD catch.
WR GREG JENNINGS has 9 TDs in past 7 vs. Min., incl. 8 catches for 120 yards & 2 TDs in Week 17. Has 5 rec. TDs in postseason career, tied for 2nd most in team history.
WR JORDY NELSON has 3 TDs in past 3 meetings. Since 2011, Nelson leads NFL WRs with 22 rec. TDs. Jones is tied for 2nd among WRs with 21 TDs during that span.
TE JERMICHAEL FINLEY had 61 catches, most in season by TE in team history. In 2 career playoff games, has 10 catches for 196 yards (98 per game)
LB Matthews had team-best 13 sacks & has 10+ sacks in 3 of 4 career seasons. Has 5 sacks in past 4 vs. Min. & aims for 5th in row vs. Vikings with sack. In 6 career postseason games, has 4.5 sacks, 2 FFs & 2 FRs.
CB CASEY HAYWARD led NFL rookies with 6 INTs, tied for 5th most by rookie in team history. Had team-high 21 PD.
S MORGAN BURNETT led team with 122 tackles.
LB A.J. HAWK ranked 2nd (120).
CB TRAMON WILLIAMS has 15 INTs, tied for 2nd most in NFL since 2010 (incl. playoffs).
Since joining GB in 2006, CB CHARLES WOODSON has 38 INTs (3rd in NFL) & 9 INT-TDs (1st in NFL).
From the Dope Sheet:
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers vs. Vikings:
- All-time regular season: 54-48-1
- All-time, postseason: 0-1
- All-time, in Green Bay: 20-17-1
- Streaks: The Packers have won five of the last six meetings.
- Last meeting, at Green Bay, regular season: Dec. 2, 2012, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 23-14
THE PACKERS-VIKINGS SERIES
- This marks the 105th overall meeting between the border rivals.
- The Packers own a slight advantage over the Vikings (54-49-1, including playoffs) in the all-time series.
- Green Bay’s five-game winning streak that was snapped on Sunday was the longest by the club since a five-game streak against Minnesota from 2006-08. Prior to that, the longest streak for either team was Green Bay’s five-game winning streak from 1983-85.
- The series began when the Vikings entered the league in 1961, and Vince Lombardi’s Packers won nine of the first 10.
- Over the last 19 seasons (1994-2012), these teams have accounted for 14 NFC Central/North division championships.
LAST MEETING, POSTSEASON
- Jan. 9, 2005, at Lambeau Field; Vikings won, 31-17.
- QB Daunte Culpepper threw for 284 yards and four TDs on 19-of-29 passing as the Vikings won the first and only postseason meeting between the border rivals. The Packers had won the NFC North title two weeks earlier at the Metrodome on a last-second field goal by Ryan Longwell.
- Green Bay’s offense was led by WR Donald Driver (seven catches for 78 yards) and RB Ahman Green (80 rushing yards on 20 carries).
- QB Brett Favre completed 22 of 33 passes for 216 yards and a score but was intercepted four times.
- WR Randy Moss led the Vikings with two TD catches and 70 yards receiving on four grabs.
Official Injury Report:
|OUT||WR Jarrett Boykin (ankle), DE Jerel Worthy (knee)|
|QUESTIONABLE||RB James Starks (knee)|
|PROBABLE||WR Randall Cobb (ankle), TE Jermichael Finley (quadricep), RB Alex Green (knee), CB Davon House (hip), WR Jordy Nelson (knee), CB Tramon Williams (illness), S Charles Woodson (collarbone)|
|OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)|
|Wednesday||DE Jerel Worthy (knee)|
|Thursday||DE Jerel Worthy (knee)|
|Friday||DE Jerel Worthy (knee)|
|DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||WR Jarrett Boykin (ankle)|
|Thursday||WR Jarrett Boykin (ankle), CB Tramon Williams (illness)|
|Friday||WR Jarrett Boykin (ankle)|
|LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||WR Randall Cobb (ankle), TE Jermichael Finley (quadricep), CB Davon House (hip), WR Jordy Nelson (knee), RB James Starks (knee)|
|Thursday||RB James Starks (knee)|
|Friday||RB James Starks (knee), CB Tramon Williams (illness)|
|FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||RB Alex Green (knee), S Charles Woodson (collarbone)|
|Thursday||WR Randall Cobb (ankle), TE Jermichael Finley (quadricep), RB Alex Green (knee), CB Davon House (hip), WR Jordy Nelson (knee), S Charles Woodson (collarbone)|
|Friday||WR Randall Cobb (ankle), TE Jermichael Finley (quadricep), RB Alex Green (knee), CB Davon House (hip), WR Jordy Nelson (knee), S Charles Woodson (collarbone)|