Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers
Tip-off: Saturday, January 5, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
YouWager experts consider that the Green Bay Packers tried their hardest to avoid Saturday night’s rematch with the Minnesota Vikings. However, they weren’t able to overcome Adrian Peterson’s determination to push his team into the NFL playoffs.
The Packers may not be able to put an end to another outstanding performance from Peterson during this NFC wild-card matchup, it has proved throughout the 27 year-old’s career that his numbers at Lambeau Field often don’t factor into the outcome.
The NFC North champion Green Bay (11-5) needed a Week 17 road win over Minnesota (10-6) to earn the conference’s No. 2 seed and a first-round bye, however Peterson’s 199 yards on a franchise-record 34 carries and two total touchdowns helped lead the Vikings to a 37-34 win that gave it the No. 6 seed.
Peterson’s 26-yard run set up Blair Walsh’s 29-yard field goal as time expired to make sure that this week’s rematch took place. This has likely been responsible for making a big difference against Peterson and Minnesota in the past few years. Green Bay has won five of the six meetings at Lambeau Field in Peterson’s career even with the native of Texas running for an average of 106.2 yards and five touchdowns in those contests.
The Vikings are 0-3 there when Peterson tops 100 yards. This team ended the the regular NFL season with four straight wins following their defeat versus Green Bay, when they gave up 435 total yards — its second-most all season.
Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy is not thinking just about on last week’s loss, which ended a five-game winning streak against Minnesota.
Green Bay would like to get some energy with the return of safety Charles Woodson, who will be suiting up after missing the last nine games with a broken collarbone. In addition, leading receiver and return man Randall Cobb has also been practicing this week after sitting out versus Minnesota with an ankle injury, while fellow wideout Jordy Nelson returned to practice Wednesday after missing part of Sunday’s game with a knee injury.
The Packers could really use Cobb and Nelson but online sports betting experts consider it’s Woodson’s return that has McCarth excited.
The sole NFL playoff meeting between these teams came when Minnesota earned a 31-17 wild-card win in Green Bay following the 2004 season.
Green Bay, who was 13-0 in postseason home games through the 2001 season, has lost four of their last six playoff contests at Lambeau.