2 Weird Reasons Why the Vikings Will Beat the Packers

Collin KottkeCorrespondent IIIJanuary 5, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 30: Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings signals during a game against the Green Bay Packers on December 30, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Packers 37-34. (Photo by Andy Clayton King/Getty Images)
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“So you’re telling me there’s a chance?”

That’s right, Lloyd, there is a chance. It may not be the biggest chance in the world, but the Minnesota Vikings do have a chance to beat the Green Bay Packers on Wild Card Weekend.

Instead of predicting how Adrian Peterson will once again run over the Packers, I want to give you two interesting fun facts that point to a Vikings victory on Saturday night.

In the long, storied history of the Vikings-Packers rivalry, the Packers lead the series 54-49-1. That doesn’t look good for the Vikings, but they have the all-important lead in the all-time playoff series. In fact, the Vikings have never lost a playoff game against the Packers.

The Vikings lead the playoff series 1-0.

On January 9, 2005, the sixth-seeded Vikings went into Lambeau Field and beat the NFC North champion Packers, who were favored by six points.

Doesn’t that feel eerily similar to tonight’s altercation?

Game temperature in 2005 was 23 degrees; it’s predicted to be 25 degrees at kickoff on Saturday. Eerily similar.

The Vikings' perfect playoff record against the Pack definitely brings smiles to the Purple faithful. The second weird reason makes Vikings fans downright giddy.

Packers MVP QB Aaron Rodgers has never won a home playoff game. In the growing lore of Rodgers, he has never won on the frozen tundra with it all on the line.

Granted, Rodgers has only played one home playoff game.

That one loss was least season to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants, but the Packers were favored and favored heavily. The Giants went into that game as eight-point underdogs.

The Packers even had a first-round bye with a 15-1 record in 2011, but Rodgers and the Packers blew it.

There are many reasons to like the Packers in the game against the Vikings on Saturday night, but there are also some reasons to like the Vikings.

If the Vikings win, it won’t probably be because of their undefeated playoff record at Lambeau or the fact that Aaron Rodgers hasn’t won a playoff game on his home turf, but it’s always nice to have a couple of extra facts on your side.

Vikings fans can also use these quick facts against Packers fans.