Packers Fall In Regular Season Finale

The Green Bay Packers (11-5) wrapped up the 2012 regular-season by losing to the Minnesota Vikings (10-6), 37-34 Sunday at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.  The Packers overcame deficits of 13 and 10 points and had the game tied at 34 with 2:54 remaining in the fourth quarter.  However, Adrian Peterson had four straight runs for 37 yards and rookie Blair Walsh made a 29-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Vikings the win and one of two Wild Card spots in the NFC playoffs.  Head coach Mike McCarthy talked about Sunday’s loss…

The loss drops the Packers to the three seed in the NFC and they will host the Vikings in the opening round of the postseason.  Coach McCarthy’s team will now move into playoff mode…

Peterson came up nine yards short in his quest to break Eric Dickerson’s NFL single-season rushing record.  Peterson finished with 34 carries for 199 yards and he had a rushing and receiving touchdown. Peterson’s final 2012 numbers are staggering as he ran for 2,097 yards and scored 13 total touchdowns (12 rushing, 1 receiving).  Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers once again came away impressed with Peterson…

Rodgers completed 28 of 40 passes for 365 yards and four touchdowns.  Two of Rodgers touchdowns went to receiver Greg Jennings, who had his best game of the regular-season.  Jennings caught eight passes for 120 yards and the two scores.  Jennings was disappointed that his best numbers came in a loss…

Receiver Jordy Nelson was back after missing three consecutive games.  Nelson had three receptions for 87 yards and a score and James Jones also caught a touchdown pass, giving him a league-high 14.

The Packers defense struggled, allowing 444 total yards (217 rushing, 227 passing) while not forcing a turnover and sacking Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder just once.  Linebacker Clay Matthews recorded that sack and finishes the season with 13.  Corner Tramon Williams said that not being able to force a turnover was a big reason for the Packers struggles…

The Packers and Vikings will now play at Lambeau Field in the NFC Playoffs on Saturday at 7 PM.  It will be only the second time that the two teams have met in the postseason, as Minnesota won at Green Bay 31-17 in the Wild Card round of the 2004 playoffs.

Notes:
Including the playoffs, the Packers are now 54-49-1 against the Vikings.  That includes a mark of 25-26 at Minnesota.

The Packers franchise-record 12 game winning streak against teams from the NFC North came to an end Sunday.

The Packers also had their four game winning streak snapped and their five game winning streak against the Vikings came to an end.

It is the first time the Packers have lost their regular-season finale since falling to the Jets in New York, 42-17 back in 2002.

Receiver Jarrett Boykin was taken to the locker room on a cart after a fourth quarter catch and defensive end Jerel Worthy was taken off the field on a cart late in the fourth quarter.

BOX SCORE

Sunday’s NFC North Scoreboard:
Chicago (10-6) won at Detroit (4-12), 26-24
* After 7-1 start, the Bears miss the playoffs 

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