RECORDS & AWARDS
NFC PREVIEW: MINNESOTA VIKINGS–NFC NORTH (10-6) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS–NFC NORTH (11-5)
January 2, 2013Richmond High School
TEAMS MEET for 2nd time in postseason (2004 WC: Min. 31-17). Clubs split season series; met in Week 13 (GB 23-14) and 17 (Min. 37-34). GB leads all-time series, including playoffs, 54-49-1.
VIKINGS: Are participating in playoffs for 27th time in franchise history. Won final 4 games of regular season. Had 4 players selected to Pro Bowl: DE JARED ALLEN (5th), FB JEROME FELTON (1st), RB ADRIAN PETERSON (5th) & rookie K BLAIR WALSH (1st)…QB CHRISTIAN PONDER led team to 10 wins & passed for career-high 2,935 yards & 18 TDs. Had 4 games with 100+ rating. Has 0 INTs in past 3 games…RB Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards, 2nd most in season in NFL history & 9 yards shy of breaking HOFer ERIC DICKERSON’s record (2,105 in 1984). Had 7 games with 150+ rush yards, tied with HOFer EARL CAMPBELL (1980) for most in season. Has rushed for 1,598 yards (159.8 per game) & 10 TDs in past 10. In 2 meetings in 2012 vs. GB, rushed for 409 yards (204.5 per game) & scored 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.). Aims for 5th in row vs. GB with rush TD. Has 10 TDs (9 rush, 1 rec.) in past 10 meetings. Since entering NFL in 2007, leads league with 8,849 rush yards & 76 rush TDs. Has 5 rush TDs in 3 career postseason games. In last playoff game (NFC Champ, 1/24/10 vs. NO), rushed for 122 yards & 3 TDs…TE KYLE RUDOLPH led team with career-high 9 TD catches, 2nd most in franchise history by TE (VISANTHE SHIANCOE, 11 in 2009). Rudolph tied for 2nd in NFL among TEs with 9 rec. TDs. Also set career-highs in rec. (53) & yards (493). WR MICHAEL JENKINS had TD catch in Week 17 meeting. Ranked 3rd on team with 449 rec. yards & tied for 3rd with 40 receptions. Rookie WR JARIUS WRIGHT had 3 catches for career-best 90 yards (30.0 avg.) in Week 17 vs. GB, incl. career-long 65-yard catch & rec. TD…DE Allen led team with 12 sacks, his 6th consecutive 10+ sack season. Since entering NFL in 2004, has NFL-best 117 sacks. Has 15.5 sacks in past 9 vs. GB, incl. 5 games in row vs. Packers with sack. Has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in past 3 postseason games. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had career-high 3 sacks in Week 17 meeting. Had career-best 8 sacks in 2012; entered season with 4 total sacks in career. Is 4th Viking in franchise history with 8+ sacks & INT-TD in season. LB CHAD GREENWAY led team with 148 tackles. CB ANTOINE WINFIELD led club with 12 PD & was 2nd on team with 100 tackles. Rookie S HARRISON SMITH tied for 3rd in NFL with 2 INT-TDs…K Walsh set NFL single-season record with 10 50+ yard FGs. Made 35 of 38 FGs (92.1 pct.) & all 10 50+ yard att. Scored 141 points, most by rookie in team history.
PACKERS: Have won 13 NFL championships, most all-time. Team’s .630 postseason winning pct. (29-17) is best in NFL history. Club has 29 playoff wins, 3rd most in NFL annals. Team makes 28th playoff appearance, 3rd most in NFL history. Won division for 20th time in team history. Packers had 3 players selected to Pro Bowl: LB CLAY MATTHEWS (4th), QB AARON RODGERS (3rd) & C JEFF SATURDAY (6th)…QB Rodgers led NFL (108.0) in passer rating for 2nd season in row. Has 100+ rating in 4 consecutive seasons & joined HOFer STEVE YOUNG (1991-94) as only QBs to accomplish feat. Has 105.5 postseason rating, highest in NFL history. His 1.82 INT pct. (4 INTs, 220 att.) is 3rd lowest in NFL postseason annals. In 10 career starts vs. Min., Rodgers has 24 TDs, 4 INTs & 116.4 rating. In career, incl. playoffs, Packers are 29-2 (.935) when Rodgers starts & has 115+ rating…RB DU JUAN HARRIS rushed for career-high 70 yards in Week 17 vs. Min. RB RYAN GRANT holds franchise single-game playoff records with 201 rush yards & 3 rush TDs (Div., 1/12/08 vs. Sea.)…WR-PR-KR RANDALL COBB is 1st player in NFL history with 900+ KR (964) & 900+ rec. (954) yards in same season. Led team with career-high 80 catches & 954 yards. WR JAMES JONES led NFL with career-high 14 rec. TDs, tied for 4th most in season in team history. Had 5 TDs in final 3 games of season. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Min. with TD catch. WR GREG JENNINGS has 9 TDs in past 7 vs. Min., incl. 8 catches for 120 yards & 2 TDs in Week 17. Has 5 rec. TDs in postseason career, tied for 2nd most in team history. WR JORDY NELSON has 3 TDs in past 3 meetings. Since 2011, Nelson leads NFL WRs with 22 rec. TDs. Jones is tied for 2nd among WRs with 21 TDs during that span. TE JERMICHAEL FINLEY had 61 catches, most in season by TE in team history. In 2 career playoff games, has 10 catches for 196 yards (98 per game)…LB Matthews had team-best 13 sacks & has 10+ sacks in 3 of 4 career seasons. Has 5 sacks in past 4 vs. Min. & aims for 5th in row vs. Vikings with sack. In 6 career postseason games, has 4.5 sacks, 2 FFs & 2 FRs. CB CASEY HAYWARD led NFL rookies with 6 INTs, tied for 5th most by rookie in team history. Had team-high 21 PD. S MORGAN BURNETT led team with 122 tackles. LB A.J. HAWK ranked 2nd (120). CB TRAMON WILLIAMS has 15 INTs, tied for 2nd most in NFL since 2010 (incl. playoffs). Since joining GB in 2006, CB CHARLES WOODSON has 38 INTs (3rd in NFL) & 9 INT-TDs (1st in NFL).