Sunday Night – Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
It was a tale of two cities last year between the Packers and Vikings with the road team victorious in the two they played. Green Bay killed Minnesota in game one in Week 11 with the Vikings taking the win in Wisconsin and earning a postseason berth Week 17.
Week 11 saw both James Jones and Kyle Rudolph score a touchdown, catch six balls for over 100 yards. Even though the game stats where very close when looking at first downs, plays, yards, drives, passing, rushing yards and turnovers; the big stat that jumps out are penalties. Green Bay was penalized 4 times for 19 yards while the Vikings had 8 penalties for 110 yards.
The score was the other big difference, the Packers won 30-13.
The Week 17 match-up saw Minnesota come into Lambeau and snatch a 20-13 victory although Teddy Bridgewater threw for under 100 yards. It was a field goal game in the first half, with Blair Walsh making good from 39 and 32 yards and Mason Crosby hitting from 28.
The third quarter saw two Viking TD’s, a 3-yard run by Adrian Peterson and a 55-yard fumble return for Captain Munnerlyn. The Pack answered finding paydirt through the air, a 16-yard catch from one Rodgers to another, Aaron to Richard. GB managed three more off the foot of Crosby, but that’s as close as they would come.
The 20-13 Viking win gave them their first NFC North title since 2009 and first playoff appearance since 2012. Unfortunately the Vikings postseason lives were cut short after Walsh missed a 27-yard field goal in the waning seconds of their Wild Card game against the Seahawks, one they lost 10-9.