Packers will have a home rematch the Vikings Saturday night
The Green Bay Packers will have a home rematch with Minnesota on Saturday night in the first round of the NFC playoffs.
The Vikings earned the final Wild Card spot - and the Packers blew a chance for a first-round bye - with a 37-34 Minnesota victory over the Packers in their regular season finale yesterday in Minneapolis.
The Packers came back from a 13-0 deficit to tie the game twice, but Vikings kicker Blair Walsh booted a 29-yard field goal as time expired.
Adrian Peterson put the Vikings in easy field goal range with a 26-yard burst with three seconds to go.
Peterson had 34 carries for 199 yards. He fell nine yards short of Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards.
Still, Peterson became only the seventh player in NFL history to surpass the 2,000-yard mark with 2,097two-thousand-97, just one year an A-C-L knee injury threatened to end his career.
Aaron Rodgers had his highest passer rating since mid-October, at 131.8. Rodgers threw for 365 yards and four touchdowns. He was sacked five times, and lost a fumble.
Jennings catches 2 TD passes
Greg Jennings caught two TD passes and had eight catches on the day for 120 yards.
The Packers went without a 1,000-yard receiver in the regular season for the first time since 2003.
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder threw for 234 yards and three touchdowns, which tied a career-high.
Packers rookie defensive end Jerel Worthy left on a cart after hurting his left knee.
The Packer defense only sacked Ponder once. Jarius Wright had three catches for 90 yards and a score, as Minnesota had an edge in total yards, 444 to 405.
Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield only played the first half, after starting the game with a broken hand.
The Vikings finished the regular season 10-6. They made the playoffs after a 3-13 campaign a year ago.
Green Bay went 11-5. The Packers blew a chance to sweep the Vikings for the third straight year, something that hasn't happened since 1963.