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.