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Foolish mistakes doom Green Bay Packers against Minnesota Vikings, 37-34

Although the heroics of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson weren't enough to break Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record, they did help to eliminate the Chicago Bears from the playoffs.

Although the heroics of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson weren’t enough to break Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record, they did help to eliminate the Chicago Bears from the playoffs.

Recap

It’s not everyday a team puts up 34 points and still deserves to lose. Today was one of those days. From start to finish, the Green Bay Packers (12-4) played without evincing the slightest shred of respect for the Minnesota Vikings (10-6). They must have thought they already had the first-round bye in the bag, because they were undisciplined in every phase of the game. No team plays perfectly in any game, but there is never an excuse for making stupid mistakes, of which the Packers made many.

Game Ball: Offense

He did it all today — everything except break Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was his usual amazing self, rushing 34 times for 199 yards and a touchdown, averaging an incredible 5.8 yards per carry, catching a pass for another touchdown, and generally carrying the offense on his back. He finished with 2,097 rushing yards the second most all time and a mere nine short of the record. The fact that Peterson will not be in line for MVP consideration is a travesty, in my opinion.

Despite the loss, there are plenty of honorable mentions to go around on the Packers’ side.

Running back DuJuan Harris, recently promoted from the practice squad, who truly came to play today. Although he never had an opportunity to punch the ball into the end zone, he battled hard on every play, finishing with 70 yards on 14 carries, averaging a very respectable 5.0 yards per carry. Had the Packers been able to get that kind of production out of him earlier in the season, they might have won a couple extra games.

Wide receiver Greg Jennings had his best game of the season, catching eight passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Jordy Nelson and James Jones caught a touchdown apiece. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers had his sixth 300-yard game on the season and threw four touchdown passes.

Game Ball: Defense

It’s difficult to hand out defensive game balls on a day in which 71 total points were scored, so we’ll give them to the winning team.

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen was in the Packers’ backfield all day, sacking quarterback Aaron Rodgers three times.

Honorable mention goes to defensive ends Brian Robison and Jared Allen, who collaborated force and recover a fumble on a sack of Rodgers.

Goats

There is plenty of blame to go around for this loss, which we’ll go into in more detail in the game wrap-up. For now we’ll be content to brand Packers cornerback Tramon Williams the Goat of the game for the inexcusable illegal use of hands penalties he incurred at the Green Bay 12-yard line on a third-and-12 play in which the defense had stopped running back Toby Gerhart for a five-yard gain. The unnecessary infraction extended the Vikings’ drive and set them up for a three-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Jenkins.

Injuries

Packers defensive end Jerel Worthy left the game late in the fourth quarter and did not return.

What’s next

It’s hard to know what conclusions to draw from this game. The Vikings were obviously motivated to get Adrian Peterson the rushing record, and they very nearly succeeded. For their part, the Packers also had a chance at history — becoming the first team to sweep their division two years in a row — not to mention an opportunity to secure a first-round playoff bye, but they didn’t seem particularly interested.

The upshot is that the stage has been set for a rematch at Lambeau Field next week. Will the Packers come out angry and take care of business against their division rival? Or will the Vikings be on fire and steamroll through the Green Bay defense en route to the divisional round?

Hopefully, the Packers go home embarrassed of their performance and fixes the problems in practice. Otherwise they’re going to find themselves one and done for the second season in a row. The Vikings are surely not going to be feeling intimidated coming into this game, particularly since Green Bay’s home playoff record has hardly been stellar in recent years.

There’s no reason for the Packers to give up on their season. They did a lot of great things today and put up 34 points. But they had better develop some respect for their divisional rival — and fast — if they want to have any chance of advancing to the next round.

1345 comments
Houndog
Houndog

From the Gulag: "It seems likely that receiver Randall Cobb (ankle) will play, but the
status of fellow receiver Jordy Nelson (knee) appears very much in the
air. Nelson didn't practice Tuesday and McCarthy said he would provide
more information on his status Wednesday"

Damn, just can't seem to get em all on the field at the same time!

JVince11
JVince11

Woodson will return this weekend... Ponder's bestie... Woodson has 2 INTs from him in 2 games.


No more MD Jennings shitty tackling looking like a Pug trying to hump a christmas ornament.  


I will also bet that Woodson will be in man against Rudolph all game instead of fucking Jones, Hawk, or McMillian.

JVince11
JVince11

FACT:

The Minnesota Vikings have not won a game outdoors ALL  season.. including the preseason.


Welcome to January Lambeau..... bitches.

Childerz...
Childerz...

Rough turn over on a new article the last few days eh??

G & G
G & G moderator

Happy New Year Guys!!!!

niemerg1
niemerg1

when is a new article going up...its been 4 days...

Joedirte
Joedirte

If  Ponder gets taken in the 1st round EJ Manuel is a heck of a lot better he will be a solid player

Dr. Reginald
Dr. Reginald moderator

2001 'Canes
Davenport
Portis
Shockey
Andre Johnson
Bryant McKinnie
William Joseph
Jerome McDougle
DJ Williams
Vilma
Mike Rumph
Ed Reed
Phillip Buchanon
McGahee
Antrel Rolle
Sean Taylor
Gore
Rocky McIntosh
Wilfork
Chris Meyers
Kellen Winslow
Parrish
Vernon Carey

Reesypieces
Reesypieces

Would Gruden make a good Def Cord? 

Dr. Reginald
Dr. Reginald moderator

i guess we are debating 1995 Nebraska vs. 2001 Canes on the NFCS.


i got Canes.

Joedirte
Joedirte

NIU has to get the passing game going because Lynch is too slow against FSU

0125
0125

Is this game long or what?

Joedirte
Joedirte

Damn fake punt and now an Onside kick lol

Reesypieces
Reesypieces

So Cincy went 7-1 in the second half of the season. Wow. Even if the AFC is weak this year, that is still pretty damn good. 

Reesypieces
Reesypieces

I think we will have  Skins vs Packers NFCC Game. 

TheBaskett
TheBaskett

biggest for the vikings will be if windfield can go.. once he left.. Sherels gave up every target for 100+ yards..

Reesypieces
Reesypieces

Yo.. .these cheese cake is fucking ballin' 

Joedirte
Joedirte

At 1st I didnt think the Chiefs would take a QB with the #1 pick but whos available in FA. Vick or Alex Smith not really impressive. Maybe they trade down but they are taking a QB with their 1st pick

natesweet
natesweet moderator

Dinner time. Talk to yous later

Joedirte
Joedirte

I hope Lovie Goes to Buffalo. They scored plenty of points and have offensive weapons. That Defense was just awful

Houndog
Houndog

NFL Network reporting Andy Reid and the Cardinals are "Close to an Agreement"! 

Reid stating "I can fix Kevin Kolb"! 

Good luck with that Andy!

natesweet
natesweet moderator

Hey, Donkey, how early do you think the Lions draft another WR to go along with CJ?

Joedirte
Joedirte

I have a theory Brett Farve to Arizona to run Andy Reids offense and to play with Larry Fitzgerald. I'm gonna try to get this rumor started and to get ESPN to cover it 24/7 to take over for the Tebow talk lol

Joedirte
Joedirte

I guess this is hurting Jordan Lynch's draft stock

Joedirte
Joedirte

The 1 thing thats perhaps my biggest pet peev is Dredlocks on offensive players......Its just gives defensive players something extra to grab.

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

well i gotta get to bed. i gotta be up 4:30 tomorrow 

adambballn
adambballn

Atlanta Falcons +$600 (6 to 1)
Baltimore Ravens +$2,500 (25 to 1)
Cincinnati Bengals +$5,000 (50 to 1)
Denver Broncos +$200 (2 to 1)
Green Bay Packers +$800 (8 to 1)
Houston Texans +$2,000 (20 to 1)
Indianapolis Colts +$8,000 (80 to 1)
Minnesota Vikings +$7,500 (75 to 1)
New England Patriots +$250 (5 to 2)
San Francisco 49ers +$400 (4 to 1)
Seattle Seahawks +$900 (9 to 1)
Washington Redskins +$2,000 (20 to 1)

Reesypieces
Reesypieces

So apparently telling a dude that you write for a sports website apparently gets you more credit and makes you sexy. 



Houndog
Houndog

ESPN odds to win the Superbowl 5 minutes ago

GB 5 - 1

SF 5 - 1

Seattle 6 - 1

Atlanta 7 - 1

Vikings 15 - 1

Redskins 20 - 1


Joedirte
Joedirte

If I'm the Bears I drop the cash for Jake Long and I draft Tyler Effert from ND and I get Forte more receiving touches

Joedirte
Joedirte

I love HB passes.........Hey Bears remember when you used to do that with Forte?

Joedirte
Joedirte

No more QB runs FSU is too quick

Joedirte
Joedirte

Damn what dumb play calling

Joedirte
Joedirte

I could have hit that pass

Joedirte
Joedirte

Well FSU is using their Line to overpower NIU. They need a score on this drive

Reesypieces
Reesypieces

Happy to be done with the Badgers. 0-3 in the past 3 years in the Rose Bowl is unacceptable to me. 

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

thieves stole $1 million worth of Apple products from an Apple Store. so what they made off with 3 ipods, an ipad, 3 iphones and 5 macbooks?

Joedirte
Joedirte

EJ Manuel is a better QB than Ponder was

Joedirte
Joedirte

Everybody is picking FSU to destroy Northern Illinois......I dont know about that