VIKINGS VS. PACKERS: McCarthy stresses positives, Peterson has been a force against the Packers

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- As disappointing as their loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday had been -- especially since it cost them the NFC's No. 2 seed and a first-round playoff bye -- the Green Bay Packers had no time to feel sorry for themselves.

With those same Vikings coming to Lambeau Field on Saturday night for an NFC wild card game, the work week is already underway. And coach Mike McCarthy as already stressing the positives.

"It's the playoffs. It doesn't matter who we play, where we play them. We feel confident that we're going to get it done and do whatever we need to get it done."

While the onward-and-upward theme was predictable -- "We have no choice at this point," defensive tackle B.J. Raji correctly pointed out -- it was also necessary with the shortened work week.
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- Adrian Peterson rushed for 210 yards at Green Bay the first time. He gained 199 yards for Minnesota in the last meeting.

So how much more can the Vikings star do? Will the Packers be able to finally stop him?

That's arguably the main issue at stake for Saturday's playoff game at Lambeau Field, when the Vikings and Packers will play in the wild card round. Peterson carried the Vikings into the postseason with another standout performance, even though the Packers continually sent a safety up to the line to try to slow him.

The Vikings haven't won an outdoor game this year, but their formula for winning is designed to work in winter weather.


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