GREEN BAY, WIS. —
The Vikings game plan will be simple: Give the ball to Adrian Peterson and get out of the way.
That's the plan pretty much every week, but particularly against Green Bay. He's rushed for 409 yards in their two games, more than some running backs manage in 16, and is averaging a whopping 7.4 yards per carry. He had the longest run of his career, 82 yards for a touchdown, in the Dec. 2 game, and a career-high 34 carries on Sunday.
Peterson has gained more yards against Green Bay (1,442 in 12 games) than any other team, and he chews up the Lambeau Field grass as easily as the Metrodome turf.
"It's just the rivalry," he said. "There's more emphasis on that game because we know that's a team that we have to beat in order to accomplish our goals we've set forth."
Yeah, but the Packers had a goal last weekend, too, and that didn't help against Peterson.
"We had the right calls, we just need to be a little smarter as far as where we fit and then a little more accountable and reliable as far as what we do," Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said. "There were a couple of times where, perhaps playing somebody else, we could fall inside somebody else's gap. With this team, they'll make you pay and that's exactly what happened.
"It was a good test and obviously we'll come back here ready."
Now, having the Vikings come to Lambeau for the playoffs would seem an advantage for the Packers. Minnesota hasn't won in Green Bay since 2009, the last year the Vikings made the playoffs, and the Packers have won 20 of their last 22 games at home.
But the Packers have lost their last two home playoff games, including last year to the Giants when they were the NFC's No. 1 seed.