For just the second time, the Green Bay Packers (11-5) and Minnesota Vikings (10-6) will meet in the postseason when they play at Lambeau Field tonight in the Wild Card Round of the NFC Playoffs. Having home field advantage in the playoffs has not been much of a benefit for the Packers of late. They have won just two of their last six home playoff games and have lost their last two. Still, head coach Mike McCarthy is glad to have the Vikings coming to Green Bay…
The Packers are coming off a loss to the Vikings, falling last Sunday at Minnesota, 37-34. The Packers offense lost the turnover battle, as the Vikings lone fumble recovery was the only takeaway of the game. Getting the turnover margin in their favor is a big key for quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Packers…
Another key for the Packers this week, will be trying to find a way to slow down Adrian Peterson. In last week’s game, the Vikings running back gained 199 yards on the ground and scored two touchdowns. In two games against the Packers this season, Peterson has run for 409 yards and scored three times. Defensive end Mike Neal said that the Packers are upset with the numbers that Peterson has piled up against them…
The Packers were without Charles Woodson last Sunday. In fact, Woodson has been out with a broken collarbone since the week seven win at Saint Louis. That changes tonight, as the safety has been cleared to play. Packers linebacker Clay Matthews on what it means to have Woodson back in the mix…
Tonight could also be one of the very few times this season that the Packers have their full complement of receivers. Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb missed a combined 15 games this season. Nelson is looking forward to having everyone available…
Tonight’s Wild Card Playoff game between the Packers and Vikings at Lambeau Field begins at 7. WDOR’s Nick Olson will be on hand for tonight’s contest and for updates from the press box follow him on Twitter.
Including the playoffs, the Packers are 54-49-1 against the Vikings.
The Vikings won the lone postseason meeting in the 52-year history of the series, beating the Packers at Lambeau Field 31-17 in a 2004 NFC Wild Card Playoff.
This is the first meeting in the series were both teams have had ten wins or more.
Each team won on their home field this season. The Packers picked up a 23-14 victory in Green Bay December 2nd while the Vikings won at Minnesota 37-34 December 30th.
The Packers 15 postseason appearances since 1993 are the most in the NFL.
Packers: OUT – DE Jerel Worthy (knee), WR Jarrett Boykin (ankle). QUESTIONABLE – RB James Starks (knee). PROBABLE – WR Randall Cobb (ankle), TE Jermichael Finley (quadricep), RB Alex Green (knee), CB Davon House (hip), WR Jordy Nelson (knee), CB Tramon Williams (illness), DB Charles Woodson (collarbone).
Vikings: OUT – LB Tyrone McKenzie (shoulder). QUESTIONABLE – QB Christian Ponder (right elbow), CB Antoine Winfield (hand). PROBABLE – DE Jared Allen (shoulder), CB A.J. Jefferson (ankle), DE George Johnson (quadriceps), P Chris Kluwe (left knee), T Phil Loadholt (knee), RB Adrian Peterson (abdomen), DE Brian Robison (shoulder), S Harrison Smith (knee).
Other Wild Card Games:
AFC – Cincinnati at Houston (3:30 PM Saturday)
AFC – Indianapolis at Baltimore (12 PM Sunday)
NFC – Seattle at Washington (3:30 PM Sunday)