Packers 34

(11-5, 4-4 away)

Vikings 37

(10-6, 7-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:25 PM ET, December 30, 2012

Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, MN 

1 2 3 4 T
GB 0 10 14 1034
MIN 10 10 7 1037

Top Performers

Passing: A. Rodgers (GB) - 365 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: A. Peterson (MIN) - 34 CAR, 199 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: G. Jennings (GB) - 8 REC, 120 YDS, 2 TD

Packers-Vikings Preview


It's pretty simple for the Green Bay Packers: Beat the Minnesota Vikings on the road Sunday and earn a direct ticket to the NFC divisional playoffs.

The scenarios get a little more complicated after that, though.

If Minnesota can end a five-game losing streak against its NFC North rival, it secures the team's first postseason berth since 2009 -- and likely sets up a rematch at Lambeau Field in next weekend's wild-card round.

The Vikings (9-6) would need Chicago, Dallas and the New York Giants all to lose in order to get into the playoffs should they fall to the Packers.

There's plenty of drama surrounding the regular-season finale without considering Adrian Peterson remains in the hunt to surpass Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards.

"When you come to training camp, everything you're working towards is to get to the playoffs and let the chips fall where they may once you get there," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. "For us to be on the cusp of getting there, it's satisfying in some ways, but until you actually make it happen, it's hard to put your mind in that frame.

"We really have to focus on this ballgame, winning this game. Until you get that accomplished, it's hard to even think about what's ahead."

Green Bay (11-4) has locked up its postseason berth by winning the North and now seeks a first-round bye after routing Tennessee 55-7 last week. A loss and a San Francisco win over lowly Arizona or a Seattle victory over St. Louis, though, would drop the Packers to the No. 3 seed for another date with Minnesota.

Like Frazier, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy is taking everything in stride.

"I really don't care to talk about any type of scenarios. We're really focused on beating the Vikings," McCarthy said. "As far as who we play, where we play in the playoffs, it's really not a concern of mine. It's important for us to stay on track."

The Packers' current four-game winning streak began with a 23-14 home victory over Minnesota on Dec. 2 as they overcame 210 yards from Peterson -- including an 82-yard touchdown run.

Peterson needs 102 yards for 2,000 and 208 to break Dickerson's record set in 1984, but he's more focused on getting a victory.

"It's such a big game when you look at everything that can be accomplished," Peterson said. "I'm looking forward to it, man. Most importantly, getting into the playoffs, securing that with a win against Green Bay. Having an opportunity to hit 2,000, having an opportunity to break Eric Dickerson's record in the same game, it would be great to accomplish."

Peterson, who has run for at least 175 yards three times versus the Packers, rushed for 86 yards in last week's surprising 23-6 victory at Houston, snapping an eight-game 100-yard rushing streak during which he averaged 164.1.

Frazier said he won't alter the game plan simply to get Peterson the record given the importance of the contest.

"If the record comes in the middle of getting a win, that'll be great," Frazier said. "If he doesn't get the record and we win, he'll be a happy dude. He wants to win the game and that's the way we're approaching it. We have to find a way to win the game."

They'll likely have a tough task containing Aaron Rodgers, who has completed 73.1 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns, three interceptions and a 122.6 rating during the Packers' winning streak against the Vikings.

Green Bay has its own record-setter on offense, as Randall Cobb broke the franchise mark for all-purpose yardage in the win over the Titans. He suffered ankle and knee injuries, though, and will test himself Friday to see if he's able to face the Vikings.

Even though Cobb's ankle injury came on a punt return, McCarthy said he doesn't plan to take him off special teams simply to reduce the risk of injury -- despite Rodgers strongly hinting that he'd prefer to have his favorite target all to himself.

"I'll be honest with you, I don't have a really high tolerance for this (line of questioning) because I don't understand how you play scared in the game of football. I don't get that," McCarthy said.

"You can't sit here and say special teams is important if you don't put a guy like Randall Cobb out there as a returner. Now, if we're sitting here next year, we might be having a different conversation. But the way our team is built for 2012, Randall Cobb is a huge part of our success on special teams."

Safety Charles Woodson, another high-profile player McCarthy once used as a punt returner, will miss a ninth straight game with a broken collarbone, though Green Bay is hopeful he'll be ready for the playoffs.

A few other key Packers could be back Sunday. Alex Green, who sat out last week with a concussion, "definitely" will play while McCarthy is hopeful Jordy Nelson (hamstring) and Jerel Worthy (hamstring) can also return.


Passing Leaders

B. Hundley60.81836912
A. Rodgers64.71675166
C. Keenum67.63547227
S. Bradford74.438230

Rushing Leaders

J. Williams1535563.64
A. Jones814485.54
L. Murray2168423.98
J. McKinnon1505703.83

Receiving Leaders

D. Adams7488512.010
R. Cobb666539.94
A. Thielen91127614.04
S. Diggs6484913.38

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

Total YardsGB
Yards PassingGB
Yards RushingGB
Yards AllowedGB
Pass Yds AllowedGB
Rush Yds AllowedGB

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Green Bay leads 16-10
Dec 2, 2012GB 23, MIN 14
Nov 14, 2011GB 45, MIN 7
Oct 23, 2011GB 33, @MIN 27
Nov 21, 2010GB 31, @MIN 3
Oct 24, 2010GB 28, MIN 24
Nov 1, 2009GB 26, MIN 38
Oct 5, 2009GB 23, @MIN 30
Nov 9, 2008GB 27, @MIN 28
Sep 8, 2008GB 24, MIN 19
Nov 11, 2007GB 34, MIN 0
Sep 30, 2007GB 23, @MIN 16
Dec 21, 2006GB 9, MIN 7
Nov 12, 2006GB 23, @MIN 17
Nov 21, 2005GB 17, MIN 20
Oct 23, 2005GB 20, @MIN 23
Jan 9, 2005GB 17, MIN 31
Dec 24, 2004GB 34, @MIN 31
Nov 14, 2004GB 34, MIN 31
Nov 2, 2003GB 30, @MIN 27
Sep 7, 2003GB 25, MIN 30
Dec 8, 2002GB 26, MIN 22
Nov 17, 2002GB 21, @MIN 31
Dec 30, 2001GB 24, MIN 13
Oct 21, 2001GB 13, @MIN 35