MINNEAPOLIS, MN (WHBL) - The Green Bay Packers will have a home rematch with Minnesota on Saturday night in the first round of the N-F-C 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 Pack in their regular season finale Sunday in Minneapolis. The Packers came back from a 13-nothing deficit to tie the game twice, but Vikings’ kicker Blair Walsh booted a 29-yard field goal as time expired. Adrian Peterson put the Vikes in easy field goal range with a 26-yard burst with three seconds to go. Peterson had 34 carries for 199 yards, and he fell just nine yards short of Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards. Still, Peterson became only the seventh player in N-F-L history to surpass the two-thousand-yard mark with 2,097 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-point-eight. Rodgers threw for 365 yards and four touchdowns. But he was sacked five times, and he lost a fumble. Greg Jennings caught two T-D passes and had eight catches on the day for 120 yards. But the Packers went without a one-thousand-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’ corner Antoine Winfield only played the first half, after he started the game with a broken hand. The Vikings finished the regular season 10-6, and they made the playoffs after a 3-13 campaign a year ago. The 7-game year-to-year improvement is the best in franchise history. Green Bay went 11-5 – and the Pack blew a chance to sweep the Vikes for the third straight year, something that hasn’t happened since 1963.
Kickoff on Saturday night is scheduled for 7pm.