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Peterson Powers the Vikings to the Playoffs; Sets Up Rematch with the Packers

The Vikings are heading to the postseason – but will have to beat the team they beat Sunday in order to get to round two.

Sunday in a crazy atmosphere in Minnesota, the Vikings and Packers played a classic, and with the game on the line the Vikings went on a winning drive to set up a Blair Walsh 29-yard field goal to top the Packers 37-34.

The win puts the Vikings at 10-6, and sends them to the postseason, where they will have – yep, a rematch under the lights next Saturday night in Lambeau Field vs Green Bay.

The Pack still are the NFC North Division Champs, but at 11-5 fall to the NFC No. 3 seed. Their five-game winning streak against the Vikings ended.

”I had a feeling that we had the game in the bag the whole game,” Vikings cornerback Chris Cook said. ”It was just a vibe that I had on the sideline, in how we were carrying ourselves.”

Aaron Rodgers completed 28 of 40 passes for 365 yards and four touchdowns and no interceptions, connecting with Jordy Nelson from 2 yards to tie the game with 2:54 remaining.

Christian Ponder played well, and threw for three scores, including one to Adrian Peterson, who embarked on history in the contest.

Peterson finished 9 yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record, but he still powered the Vikings with 199 yards to set up a rematch at Lambeau Field in a first-round playoff game.

”I told myself to come into this game focused on one thing, and that’s winning,” Peterson said.

The Vikings did, and now will have another test Saturday night at 7pm, and will have to do it vs an angry team that will want revenge for Sunday’s loss.

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3 Responses to “Peterson Powers the Vikings to the Playoffs; Sets Up Rematch with the Packers”

  1. A Blind Man says:

    That WAS a classic! Thank you, Vikings! Great game and underdog season. Sunday, they made plays when they had to. Exceeded expectations all year. Bravo. Saturday, they have just as much chance as ever. It’s already been an awesome season. I wanted Webb in there (and still do), but the passing FINALLY came through, and there was Webb, cheering on his teammates, the biggest fan in the stadium! I love that kid! All is forgiven. I just want to win. Let’s keep going! Everyone is healthy, right? Dirty Harry ok? 2 or 3 more games. Let’s do it!!

  2. dynalee10 says:

    Ponder has been playing very good the past four games , hard to think people are still calling for Webb but that is always the case with the backup he’s the most popular guy on the team until he has to play for more than a few series. If the Vikings coaches and management aren’t happy with CP’s development then I think they will bring in a vet next year . The coaches obviously don’t believe Webb has it or he would have been the starter when McNabb was benched .

  3. purplereign57 says:

    I FINALLY got to see a Viking game on TV Sunday. Being in North Carolina, we see the Panthers EVERY Sunday, but there was a doubleheader this week and it was the Viking-Packer game. WOW! What a shootout! I’m sure glad that the Vikings came out on top. A great win and a great season, from 3 to 10 victories and the playoffs in one season is a fantastic turnaround. Watching Ponder and seeing how he managed the game, making crucial throws when he had to and giving the rock to AP to let him carry the team on his shoulders made me proud to be a Viking fan…which I have been for forty years. I bleed purple, man. But there was a disappointing side to this victory, and that was the defensive performance that I witnessed. Even though the defense had five or six sacks on Rodgers, he still passed for almost 400 yards and 4 touchdowns.I don’t know if the Viking offense can stay with a performance like that again, even if AP gets another 200 yards on them. Christian Ponder will have to have another stellar performance like he had this past Sunday…or better than…in order for the Vikings to have a legitimate shot at beating the Packers again. They are indeed a much improved team from last year, but they are still young in crucial areas like the secondary. That area thus happens to be my most important place of concern. If we get Winfield back in time, that will help, but from what I saw last Sunday, they were really picked apart, and will have to step it up a few notches in order to have a decent shot at a win. The Viking pass rush must be better as well. They have to get more pressure on Rodgers and collapse the pocket. Make him have to scramble and have to throw the ball away. And last, but certainly not least, there needs to be better tackling all the way around. There was just too many yards given up from bad tackling, and that alone will kill a team by letting the opponent run in scores. I sincerely hope that these points are brought up in the team meetings and on the practice field before this Saturday night, and that the Vikings can again rise to the occasion (at Lambeau) and do what will be a really sweet deal, and that is beating the Packers on their own turf, and moving into the next round of the playoffs. IF they can play well enough on offense, defense, and special teams…(and tackle better), this would be one of the greatest wins in Viking history. Ponder convinced me last Sunday that he can play like a pro and win against high caliber opponents, and there is nothing left to say about Adrian Peterson except that he is one of, if not THE greatest running back ever. Our defensive secondary is critical. They MUST play well, tackle well, and slow down the Packer aerial attack. That, and getting pressure on Rodgers, IMHO, are the most important factors toward another Viking win. Oh, and they MUST NOT let the Packer crowd noise rattle them. They are a loyal bunch, and are going to be loud, even in the outdoors. I must say this as well. I was disappointed in the Viking fan noise last week. They need to study, for example, the Seattle fans, and emulate them. This point, I do not understand. I thought surely they would be much louder than they were in the Dome. I believe that the Viking fans are indeed as loyal as any in the NFL, but they need to be louder, especially in a game as important as last week’s was. Perhaps a boatload of Viking fans will travel to Lambeau and do their best to disrupt the Packers. Here’s hoping that this Saturday night, the game at least turns out with the same team victorious. No one is hoping and praying as hard as me. Well, maybe. SKOL VIKINGS!!!

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