NFL Capsule: Vikings at Packers

By The Associated Press
    2013-01-03 14:30

MINNESOTA (10-6) At GREEN BAY (11-5)

Saturday, 8 p.m. ET, NBC

OPENING LINE - Packers by 8

RECORD VS. SPREAD -Minnesota 9-7; Green Bay 9-7

SERIES RECORD - Packers lead 54-49-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Packers No. 6; Vikings No. 10

LAST MEETING -Vikings beat Packers 37-34, Dec. 30

LAST WEEK - Vikings beat Packers 37-34





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - First wild-card rematch of regular-season finale since 2009, when three of four wild cards, including Green Bay's loss to Arizona, were do-overs. ... Packers are 1-1 when facing same team in last week of regular-season and following week in playoffs. They beat Lions in 1993 after losing regular-season finale, and lost to Arizona after winning in last week of regular season in `09. ... NFC North rival Packers and Vikings have met once in postseason, a 31-17 Minnesota victory at Lambeau Field in 2004 NFC wild card. ... Including that loss to Vikings, Packers have dropped four of last six postseason games at home. ... Minnesota's victory in regular-season finale snapped five-game losing streak to Green Bay. After losing in Green Bay on Dec. 2, Minnesota won its last four. ... Packers are NFC North champions and No. 3 seed in conference, while Minnesota is sixth seed, securing wild-card spot with victory over Green Bay in Minneapolis last weekend. ... Sixteen of last 21 regular-season games between these NFC North rivals have been decided by seven points or less. ... Packers WR Donald Driver and Minnesota DT Kevin Williams, DB Antoine Winfield and C Cullen Loeffler are only players left from 2004 wild-card meeting. ... Packers are 4-1 against division opponents in playoffs. ... Packers were 7-1 at Lambeau Field this season, while Vikings were 3-5 on road. ... Vikings are 6-15 in road playoff games. ... Vikings have not played a ``cold-weather'' game outdoors since Dec. 28, 2010, when the temperature was 32 degrees for 24-14 victory over Eagles. Since 2000, Minnesota is 2-6 outdoors when it's 32 or below. Forecast for Saturday night calls for temperatures in mid-teens, with wind chill around zero. ... Adrian Peterson finished with 2,097 yards rushing, 8 shy of Eric Dickerson's single-season NFL record. ... Peterson has rushed for more yards against Packers (1,442) than any opponent. ... After throwing 12 interceptions in first 13 games, Minnesota QB Christian Ponder has gone last three without a pick. ... Packers have made playoffs in each of last four seasons and in five of last six, most by any NFC team. ... Aaron Rodgers has thrown 24 TDs and four INTs in 10 career starts vs. Vikings. ... With Jordy Nelson expecting to play, Packers would have all four top receivers for, essentially, first time since Sept. 30. Nelson, Greg Jennings, James Jones and Randall Cobb all appeared in Dec. 2 game against Vikings, but Nelson left after injuring hamstring on Green Bay's second drive. ... Rodgers has NFL-best 105.5 quarterback rating in postseason. ... Vikings DE Jared Allen has more sacks of Rodgers than any other quarterback. Of his career 117 sacks, 15 1/2 are of Rodgers, including his single-game high of 4 1/2 on Oct. 5, 2009. ... Vikings have sacked Rodgers seven times in their first two meetings this year, including career-high three by DE Everson Griffen last Sunday. ... Jones first Packer to lead NFL in TD receptions (14) since Sterling Sharpe (18) in 1994. ... Green Bay's 16 giveaways tied for second lowest in NFL. ... Packers DB Charles Woodson will play for first time since breaking right collarbone Oct. 21. ... Peterson's 34 carries against Green Bay in regular-season finale were most in NFL this year. ...... Packers RB DuJuan Harris had his best game since being elevated from practice squad in season finale against Vikings, rushing for 70 yards on 14 carries.


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Darren McFaddenNov 26 08:53p

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Keenan LewisNov 26 07:43p

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Matt ForteNov 26 07:13p

Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) is officially active for the Week 12 game against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Nov. 26.

Doug BaldwinNov 26 06:43p

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 26.

Kendall WrightNov 26 06:33p

Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 26.

Theo RiddickNov 26 06:03p

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick caught five passes for 62 yards and a touchdown in a blowout win over the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday, Nov. 26.

Matthew StaffordNov 26 05:53p

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Aaron DobsonNov 26 05:03p

New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Thursday, Nov. 26.

Zurlon TiptonNov 26 05:03p

Free-agent RB Dan Herron (Bills) was signed by the Indianapolis Colts Thursday, Nov. 26. RB Zurlon Tipton was waived.

Dan HerronNov 26 05:03p

Free-agent RB Dan Herron (Bills) was signed by the Indianapolis Colts Thursday, Nov. 26. RB Zurlon Tipton was waived.

Michael FloydNov 26 04:33p

Arizona Cardinals WRs John Brown (hamstring), Larry Fitzgerald (ankle) and Michael Floyd (hamstring) and RB Chris Johnson (knee) were limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 26.

Chris CulliverNov 26 04:23p

Washington Redskins CB Chris Culliver (knee) is out for the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in practice Thursday, Nov. 26.

Corey BrownNov 26 03:43p

Carolina Panthers WR Corey Brown (shoulder) has been declared inactive for the Week 12 game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Corey BrownNov 26 03:33p

The Carolina Panthers have declared RB Brandon Wegher, RB Cameron Artis-Payne, CB Charles Tillman, WR Corey Brown, LS Danny Aiken, WR Kevin Norwood, DE Ryan Delaire inactive for Week 12.

Brice ButlerNov 26 03:33p

The Dallas Cowboys have declared WR Brice Butler, TE Geoff Swaim, LB Mark Nzeocha, CB Morris Claiborne, OG Ronald Leary, DE Ryan Russell, RB Trey Williams inactive for Week 12.

Tyrod TaylorNov 26 03:23p

Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (shoulder) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 26.

Nolan CarrollNov 26 02:43p

Updating an earlier report, Philadelphia Eagles CB Nolan Carroll (ankle) is out for the rest of the game Thursday, Nov. 26, due to a broken ankle.

Matt BryantNov 26 02:33p

Atlanta Falcons PK Matt Bryant (quadriceps) was out of practice Thursday, Nov. 26.

Leonard HankersonNov 26 02:33p

Atlanta Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson (hamstring) was out of practice Thursday, Nov. 26.

Emmanuel SandersNov 26 02:23p

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle, finger) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 26.

Danny AmendolaNov 26 02:13p

New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 26.

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Kansas City Chiefs RB Charcandrick West (hamstring) didn't practice Thursday, Nov. 26.

Kendall WrightNov 26 01:53p

Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright (knee) is expected to return Sunday, Nov. 29, in Week 12, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.

Timothy WrightNov 26 11:33a

The Detroit Lions have declared OT Corey Robinson, DL Gabe Wright, S Isaiah Johnson, DL Jermelle Cudjo, OT LaAdrian Waddle, WR T.J. Jones, TE Tim Wright inactive for Week 12.

Darrelle RevisNov 26 11:33a

New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis (concussion) wasn't spotted at practice Thursday, Nov. 26, and he's unlikely to play in Week 12 against the Miami Dolphins.

Calvin JohnsonNov 26 11:23a

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is active Thursday, Nov. 26, against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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