The History of the Packers at Mall of America Field
The Green Bay Packers first started playing the Minnesota Vikings at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (currently Mall of America Field) in 1983. Before then, the Packers and Vikings played at old Metropolitan Stadium starting in 1961.
In 22 games at the old Met, the Packers and Vikings won 11 games apiece. The Packers won most of their games when Vince Lombardi was the head coach while the Vikings won most of their games when Bud Grant was the head coach.
Since the opening of the Metrodome, the series between the two teams has also been very close. The Vikings have won 16 games there while the Packers have won 14.
The darkest period for the Packers playing at that venue was when Mike Holmgren coached the team from 1992-1998. They only won one of the seven games played there while Holmgren was the head coach.
A number of those losses were very painful, as the Packers lost in agonizing fashion late in the games.
From 1993-1995, the Packers' losses were by two points, three points (in overtime) and three points, respectively.
In 1993, the Packers led 13-12 late in the game. Then, Vikings quarterback Jim McMahon, who would later be a backup to Brett Favre in Green Bay, completed a 45-yard pass to wide receiver Eric Guliford, as cornerback Terrell Buckley was burned badly. That set up Fuad Reveiz’s 22-yard field goal with just four seconds to play, as the Packers lost 15-13.
In 1994, the Packers lost quarterback Brett Favre to an ankle injury but still had another chance to win behind backup Mark Brunell. However, quarterback Warren Moon led the Vikings to a game-tying field goal with 17 seconds left in regulation and then to a game-winning 27-yard kick by Reveiz in overtime, as the Vikings won 13-10.
In the contest in 1995, the loss was once again painful. The Packers lost both Favre and backup quarterback Ty Detmer to injury. Still, the Packers could have won the game. They were at the Vikings' 38-yard line with just a minute to go and tied at 24.
It was third and about a foot to go for a first down. The Packers were close to field goal range, as Chris Jacke had already kicked field goals of 42, 50 and 46 yards. Mike Holmgren called for a quarterback sneak, but third-string quarterback T.J. Rubley threw a pass that was intercepted instead.
The Vikings drove down the field and Reveiz once again put a knife in the heart of the Packers with a 39-yard game-winning field goal, as the Vikings again squeaked by 27-24.
The luck for the Packers in this stadium has gotten a bit better this century, as they have won seven of 13 games in Minneapolis.
The series certainly got a little more interesting when Favre was the quarterback for the Vikings in the 2009 and 2010 seasons, as he dueled with Aaron Rodgers. Favre and the Vikings won in 2009 while Rodgers and the Packers won in 2010.
The Packers will only get a one more shot at the Vikings at Mall of America Field this Sunday night, as the stadium will be torn down next year.
In the interim, the Vikings will play the 2014 and 2015 seasons at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium, which is outdoors. Those two games will conjure up memories of the Packers and Vikings playing at the old Met.
The new stadium, which will also be enclosed, will be ready for the 2016 season.
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