Packers vs. Vikings: 10 Most Excruciating Green Bay Moments in Rivalry's History
The Green Bay Packers are set to travel to play the Minnesota Vikings for the 101st time in the history of the rivalry. The Week 6 matchup features the undefeated Packers as they look to improve to 7-0 against the 1-5 Vikings. Overall against the Vikings, the Packers are 51-48-1 throughout the all-time series.
As the two franchises move in completely different directions this year, the intensity of this year's matchup has fizzled following the very intense last two season thanks to Brett Favre. While it may not look to be a hotly contested game, the rivalry has seen all types of weird and excruciating moments for both teams.
It is important to know the history of the rivalry as uncertainty of the Vikings future looms large. The loss of the Vikings would not only be devastating for Minnesota, but also for the Packers as the rivalry would certainly suffer.
In the very balanced rivalry, each team has seen it's fair share of success and domination over the other team. There have been plenty moments of exuberance for Packers fans, but there have also been moments filled with excruciating pain.
10. Struggling Packers Blow Big Lead
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The 2005 NFL season didn't have much to offer Packers' fans as the team faltered to a 4-12 record for the year. Even during such a poor year, beating the Vikings would always make the year a little bit better.
With both teams entering at 1-4, the game in Minnesota didn't mean much outside of pride. The Packers jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the second quarter before being overtaken by the Vikings on a game-winning field goal by Paul Edinger as time expired.
Even more devastating for the Packers, running back Ahman Green suffered a season-ending knee-injury that affected him the rest of his career.
In the second game of the year between the clubs, the lowly Packers lost at home on another Edinger field goal as time expired to give the Vikings a 20-17 victory.
9. Vikings Escape Packers in Crossroads Matchup
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In Aaron Rodgers' first trip to the Metrodome, the 4-4 Packers needed a victory to get above .500 if they were going to make a playoff push. The Vikings also came into the game with a 4-4 record looking to get their season headed in the right direction.
The Vikings lead much of the game and had command until a third-quarter punt return touchdown from Will Blackmon gave the Packers their first lead of the ballgame at 24-21. A Mason Crosby field goal gave the Packers some extra comfort in the fourth quarter.
Adrian Peterson gave the Vikings a one-point lead with 2:22 in the game as he scored a 29-yard touchdown. The Packers drove down the field searching for the game winning field goal, but Crosby's 52-yard attempt missed as time expired.
The Packers fell to 4-5 as the Vikings improved to 5-4. The teams went in opposite directions the rest of the season as the Vikings went on to win the division with a 10-6 record. Green Bay stumbled to the finish line with a 6-10 record.
8. Vikings Ruin Lameau's Re-Dedication
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Following the 2003 expansion of Lambeau Field, the Packers re-dedicated the historic stadium before the first game of the season. The Vikings spoiled the celebration with a 30-25 win with help from a four interception day from Brett Favre.
The Vikings used Favre's turnovers to get out to a 27-3 third-quarter lead before a emphatic Packers comeback attempt fell short late. Favre was outperformed by Daunte Culpepper who found Randy Moss often for much success.
The loss soured the celebratory mood of honoring the past, present and future of the most historic stadium in the NFL and got the Packers season off on the wrong foot.
The season ended much like it began as Favre's interception filled performance in the wild card game against the Philadelphia Eagles killed the Packers hopes of returning to the Super Bowl.
7. T.J. Rubley's Interception Costs Packers
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Coming into the 1995 season, the Packers hadn't won a game in Minnesota since 1991 and never with Brett Favre under center.
During the game, the Packers lost their first two quarterbacks, Brett Favre and Ty Detmer to injury, but still had a chance to win the game late behind quarterback T.J. Rubley. The Packers ended up losing the game 27-24 as Faud Reveiz hit a field goal as time expired.
Driving late in the game, the Packers faced a 4th-and-1 and in range for the potential game winning kick. Instead of following through with the called run play, Rubley audibled and threw an interception that cost the Packers the game. Warren Moon's three touchdown passes helped the Vikings keep their home winning streak against the Packers alive.
Rubley was cut by the Packers the following day.
It wasn't until 1997 that the Packers and Favre finally won a game in their "House of Horrors" in Minnesota.
6. Vikings Dominate Packers 42-7
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In 1986, the Vikings embarrassed the Packers 42-7 with what is the largest margin of victory in the 100 games played between the two teams. Entering the early season game, the Packers had won 10 of the last 12 matchups in the rivalry including five straight.
The Vikings ended the trend behind a dominant performance from quarterback Tommy Kramer who completed 16 of his 25 passes for 241 yards and an astounding six touchdown passes. Packers' quarterback Vince Ferragamo completed 12 of his 23 passes for 163 yards a touchdown and an interception.
Ending the 1986 season at 4-12, the year was quite a disappointment for the Packers, but getting blown out in historic fashion by the Vikings appears to be the low point. In their second matchup of the season, the Vikings blew out the Packers once again 32-6, but that time at Lambeau Field.
The 1986 season was one to forget for the Packers in their rivalry with the Vikings as they were outscored 74-13 over the two games.
5. Vikings Dismantle Packers on Way to Division Title
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In 1998, the Packers were coming off three straight NFC Central titles, but the improved Minnesota Vikings came into Lambeau for a Monday Night Week 5 matchup of two undefeated 4-0 teams. The Vikings manhandled the Packers 37-24 as Brett Favre was benched in favor of Doug Pederson.
The Randall Cunningham-led Vikings jumped out to a 37-10 lead early in the fourth quarter before Pederson's two touchdown passes made the scoreline look more respectable for the Packers.
Cunningham dazzled completing 20 of his 32 passes for an incredible 442 yards and four touchdowns while Favre completed 13 of his 23 passes for 114 yards, but failed to find the end zone while throwing three interceptions. Pederson was 10-of-16 for 103 yards and had a pair of touchdown passes.
The loss was painful as it acted as an end to the dominant Packers teams of the late '90s, and the Packers failed to win another division title until 2002.
4. Vikings Beat Bengals to Clinch Division Title
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The 1989 NFC Central Division title wasn't decided until the final day of the season. The Packers and Vikings both came into the last week of the season with 9-6 records with the Vikings holding the tiebreaker.
The Packers beat the Dallas Cowboys 20-10 on Christmas Eve to finish up their season with a 10-6 record. The following night would decide which team was headed onto the postseason as the Vikings hosted the Cincinnati Bengals. The Packers needed a big Christmas present from the average Bengals as a Vikings loss would give the Packers the division title.
The Vikings ruined Christmas Night for the Packers as they won the game 29-21 and advanced to the postseason. In the playoffs, the Vikings were blown out by the eventual Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers 41-13.
A victory would have given the Packers their first trip to the playoffs since 1972. The next shot the Packers had at the playoffs came three years later and this time directly involved the Vikings.
3. Vikings Keep Packers out of Playoffs
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In the 1992 season, the Packers needed to beat the Vikings in Minnesota in the season finale for their first trip to the playoffs in 20 years. Having wrapped up the NFC Central title the week before, the Vikings had nothing to play for as they were locked into the third seed in the playoffs.
The Packers came out and took a 7-0 lead behind a two-yard touchdown run from Harry Sydney. The rest of the way, it was all Vikings as they scored 27 straight to knock off the Packers and keep their from entering the playoffs.
Needing a win, Favre completed 23 of his 35 passes for only 187 and threw three interceptions and no touchdowns. For the Vikings, Sean Salisbury completed 20 of his 33 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns.
Had the Packers won the game, they would have returned to Minnesota to play the Vikings in the wildcard round of the playoffs for what would have been the first postseason meeting between the two teams.
2. Brett Favre Sweeps the Packers
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In a vomit-inducing sight, a purple clad Brett Favre took the field in Minnesota against his former team. After a year-and-a-half, Favre finally got the opportunity he had been looking forward to; a chance to beat the Green Bay Packers.
Favre took advantage of the opportunity, leading the Vikings to a 30-23 victory and improving their record to a perfect 4-0, as the Packers fell to 2-2 on the year.
Four weeks later, Favre brought his Vikings into Lambeau Field and beat the Packers 38-26 to complete the season sweep. The then 7-1 Vikings furthered themselves from the 4-3 Packers in the NFC North race.
The personal feelings in the two 2009 matchups aside, the two victories over the Packers fueled the Vikings to the NFC North championship and a first round bye in the playoffs. The Vikings went on to the NFC Championship Game, while the Packers lost in the first round on the road in Arizona.
1. Vikings Upset Packers in Playoff Game at Lambeau
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In the rivlary's only postseason matchup, the Vikings upset the Packers 31-17 as Brett Favre threw four interceptions and Randy Moss' day ended with his mooning of the Packers fans following his second touchdown.
The Packers entered the playoffs with a 10-6 record and a division crown which was good for the third seed and home field against the 8-8 Vikings who made the playoffs based on a tiebreaker. Following a devastating playoff loss against the Philadelphia Eagles the year before, the Packers were set to make another run.
The Vikings had other ideas behind the athletic play of Daunte Culpepper who completed 19 of his 29 passes for 284 yards and four touchdowns. Culpepper also rushed for 54 yards on only six attempts. Favre didn't help the cause completing 22 of his 33 passes for 216 yards, a touchdown and four interceptions.
The loss was as devastating as it gets for the Packers as they were expected to handle the underdog Vikings at home. A loss to a hated rival always hurts, but losing to them in a playoff game definitely adds some sting.