Vikings vs. Packers: Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Cold at Lambeau for Packers

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 05:  Linebacker Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after the Packers 24-10 victory against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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It was a crisp 29 degrees on the field when the Green Bay Packers welcomed the Minnesota Vikings for a rematch of their Week 17 game.

It got a lot colder for the Vikings the longer Joe Webb played—and I'm not talking weather.

The Vikings swapped out an ailing Christian Ponder for Webb at the very last minute and it was a move that blew up in their faces—with a little help from Clay Matthews, Sam Shields and B.J. Raji.

After a very well put together first series which saw Webb basically running a spread offense to great effect and barely throwing, the Vikings turned Webb into a pocket passer.

Or tried, because he couldn't do it. The Packers pressured him all night and Webb made a series of terrible decisions which got worse as the night went on.

While being sacked, Webb twice threw the ball randomly up in the air with no real direction. He sacked himself by tripping over Matthews. He fumbled the ball, which he held on to far too long all night. He threw a brutal interception, but what was really shocking about it was that it was the only one the Packers picked off given how badly he underthrew the ball all night.

The Packers took advantage of every opportunity they could to get after Webb and keep him from settling in the pocket and he folded.

Of course, the big battle on the main stage was Adrian Peterson versus the Green Bay front seven and the line did an outstanding job of containing the Pro Bowl running back.

Peterson ended up with a per carry average well below his season average of six yards and kept him under 100 yards (albeit barely) and out of the end zone.

While Peterson seemed to find more space to run late in the game, the Packers did a great job keeping him from breaking long runs after last week's poor showing.

They'll have to do it again when they travel to San Francisco next week and see Frank Gore.

However, they'll concentrate on that Monday, and enjoy a little revenge against the team which took a bye week from them in Week 17.

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