Packers–Vikings rivalry

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Green Bay Packers–Minnesota Vikings
Teams involved Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings
First contested October 22, 1961
Green Bay 33, Minnesota 7
Number of meetings 107 meetings
Most recent meeting November 24, 2013
Green Bay 26, Minnesota 26
Next meeting October 2, 2014; at Green Bay
All-time series GB: leads 56-49-2
Postseason results

Tied 1-1

  • January 9, 2005, MIN 31, GB 17
  • January 5, 2013, GB 24, MIN 10
Largest victory GB: 45-7 (2011)
Longest win streak MIN: W7 (1975–78)
Current streak 1 Tie

The Packers-Vikings rivalry is an NFL rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings.

The rivalry began in 1961, when the Minnesota Vikings entered the league as an expansion team. The rivalry is known for being very close, both in the all-time series and in each game. It is also considered to be one of the most intense rivalries in the National Football League, due to these close games, the fact that both teams have often fought for the NFC North title, and the fact that the two states in which these teams reside (Minnesota and Wisconsin) have a rivalry in many sports and leagues such as the Big Ten Conference.

Notable moments and games[edit]

  • Vince Lombardi dominated the Vikings in Minnesota's first five seasons in the NFL, going 9-1 against the Vikings in that span. In Green Bay's two Super Bowl seasons under Lombardi (1966–67), though, the two teams split their semi-annual meetings. In Minnesota's four Super Bowl seasons (1969, 1973, 1974, 1976) they won seven of eight meetings with the Packers. Bud Grant went 22-14-1 against the Packers as Vikings coach.
  • The bitterness of the rivalry was illustrated in the 2008 preseason when Packers quarterback Brett Favre, in his public feud with Green Bay management over his attempted comeback from retirement, expressed desire to play for the Vikings, a move soundly opposed by the Packers, who filed tampering charges against the Vikings (which were proven to be unfounded) and later traded Favre to the New York Jets with a stipulation that the Packers receive multiple draft picks from the Jets should Favre be traded to an NFC North team, presumably the Vikings. Favre played one season with the Jets before announcing his retirement, then came back out of retirement in August 2009 to sign with the Vikings. Brett Favre would later retire for the last time after the 2010 season.
  • Signature moment: On September 26, 1993, in a week three division showdown, the Vikings trailed the visiting Packers 13-12 with no timeouts and less than two minutes remaining on the clock. Needing a big play on 4th and 8 from their own 19, Minnesota quarterback, Jim McMahon found Cris Carter for a 19-yard gain to keep the Vikings' drive alive. A couple more completions, mixed with three incomplete passes, set up a third-and-10 from mid-field with 14 seconds left. McMahon rolled right to avoid the rush, when suddenly he spotted rookie wide receiver Eric Guliford who was wide open by 20 yards. McMahon then connected on a 45-yard bomb with 6 seconds left to play before Mike Prior could force Guliford out of bounds. That would set up Fuad Reveiz's fifth field goal of the game, lifting the Minnesota Vikings to a 15-13 victory and a 2-1 record to start the season. It was Guliford's only catch in his two seasons with the Vikings.
  • Signature moment: On October 5, 1998 Vikings rookie Randy Moss made his Monday Night Football debut at Lambeau Field and had five catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns. Randall Cunningham had two additional touchdown throws (to Jake Reed and Robert Smith) and Gary Anderson connected on three field goals in a 37-24 Vikings win. Favre threw 3 interceptions and was benched for Doug Pederson, who threw fourth-quarter scores to Tyrone Davis and Bill Schroeder.
  • Signature moment: In a Monday Night Football game on November 6, 2000, the Packers and Vikings were tied at 20 in overtime when Brett Favre threw a long pass that Vikings cornerback Cris Dishman deflected towards Antonio Freeman, who was on the ground. The ball went straight from Dishman to Freeman's shoulder, who then rolled over to make the catch at the 15-yard line, and took it into the endzone for the touchdown and the 26-20 win. This prompted Al Michaels, who was broadcasting the game on ABC, to famously utter, "He did what?"
  • Signature moment: January 9, 2005 represented the first time that the two clubs have faced each other in the playoffs. The Vikings jumped to an early lead and carried by the arm of Daunte Culpepper ultimately won 31-17. Culpepper threw four touchdowns, two of them to Moss for 20 and 34 yards, while Nate Burleson caught a 19-yard score and Moe Williams turned a short gain into a 68-yard touchdown. Brett Favre threw four interceptions for Green Bay's second home playoff loss in three years after winning 13 straight postseason contests at Lambeau Field; he was also flagged for an illegal forward pass when, late in the second quarter, he ran past the line of scrimmage on 3rd and goal at the Vikings 8; he ran to the five-yard line and with Vikings defenders ready to pounce at the goalline he flipped the ball sideways to Javon Walker, who caught it just as the penalty flag was thrown; adding insult to injury the Packers missed the ensuing 28 yard chip shot field goal attempt. In the 4th quarter after his second touchdown, Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss faux mooned Packer fans. In the moment, FOX announcer Joe Buck denounced the end zone celebration as "disgusting" and "classless", unaware that Moss was imparting to the Green Bay crowd similar treatment that visiting teams receive from the Packer fans. (After games at Lambeau Field, some Green Bay fans notoriously moon the opponent's bus as it pulls away).
  • Signature moment: A missed 52-yard field goal try by the Packers' Mason Crosby with 26 seconds remaining sealed a hard-fought 28-27 Vikings win at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on November 9, 2008. Gus Frerotte overcame three interceptions (one returned 55 yards by the Packers' Nick Collins for a third-quarter Green Bay touchdown) to throw two touchdowns while Adrian Peterson rushed for 192 yards and the decisive touchdown with 2:22 to go in the fourth. Aaron Rodgers threw for 142 yards but in the second quarter fumbled in the endzone and was flagged for intentional grounding, giving a safety to the Vikings; Jared Allen then sacked Rodgers in the Packers endzone with 52 seconds left in the first half for another Vikings safety.
  • Signature Moment: Monday Night Football earned the highest ratings in cable television history on October 5, 2009 when the Vikings hosted the Packers. The game was the first meeting between the Packers and their former quarterback Brett Favre. With the Vikings wearing throwback uniforms evoking memories of seasons from the 1960s they took over the game when Aaron Rodgers was sacked at the Vikings 33-yard line and fumbled. The Vikings drove downfield as Adrian Peterson rushed six times for 26 yards and Favre threw five times, ending in a one-yard touchdown to Visanthe Shiancoe. Rodgers managed a 62-yard touchdown to Jermichael Finley, and after an exchange of touchdowns (a 14-yard Favre pass to Sidney Rice and a Clay Matthews strip-tackle of Peterson returned 42-yards) Favre raced the Vikings to the Packers redzone; a pass to the endzone was picked off but the play was nullified on pass interference, and one play later Peterson rushed in another score. The Vikings never let the Packers closer as they won 30-23, taking a 4-0 record in the 2009 season's first quarter. In the ensuing rematch at Lambeau Field on November 1 Favre erupted with four touchdowns while the Vikings defense snuffed out a late Packers rally for a 38-26 Vikings win.
  • Signature moment: The Packers ended Brett Favre's winning streak against them in a 28-24 win at Lambeau Field on Sunday Night Football on October 24, 2010. Three Favre interceptions helped the Packers surge to the 28-24 lead but Favre led a late comeback; an endzone catch by Percy Harvin with 57 seconds remaining was nullified when review showed one foot out of bounds, and the Vikings failed to convert a touchdown in their final attempt. Favre suffered injury to his left ankle that left his season in doubt and coach Brad Childress was livid with the officiating crew led by Scott Green.[16] In the November 21 rematch, the Packers routed the Vikings 31-3 behind four Aaron Rodgers touchdown passes, making Rodgers 2-2 against Favre in his career. The loss dropped the Vikings to 3-7, all but eliminating them from playoff contention. Childress was then fired by the Vikings the next day, and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was promoted to replace him. The Packers, on the other hand, went on to win their fourth Super Bowl.
  • Signature Moment: Adrian Peterson came up nine yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson's 1984 rushing record but his late scamper set up the winning field goal in a 37-34 Vikings win on December 30, 2012. The Packers erased a 20-10 halftime gap but could not close out the win while the Vikings advanced to the playoffs as the NFC's sixth seed.
  • Signature Moment: On January 5, 2013 the Packers defeated the Vikings 24-10 in the Wild Card round just six days after falling to the Vikings in week 17. The two teams split their regular season games with the home team winning each game. The Playoff game had the same result, being at Lambeau, however the Packers were able to hold Adrian Peterson under 100 yards after he had ran for 210 and 199 yards respectively in the first two meetings.
  • The Packers–Vikings rivalry is noted for being very balanced. In the first 97 meetings, the total offensive yardage, points scored, wins, turnovers, and time of possession are all within 5% of each other; these are the closest margins for a rivalry longer than 15 years. Outside of a head-to-head game, championship game success between the two franchises has been far less balanced. The Packers have won the Super Bowl 4 times in their 5 appearances, and have won five pre-merger NFL Championship games since the Vikings first played. The Vikings have won such an NFL Championship title the year before the merger, but they lost the Super Bowl all 4 times they played it.

Statistics[edit]

Summary of results[edit]

Packers wins Ties Vikings wins Packers points Vikings points
Regular season 55 2 48 2,262 2,018
Postseason 1 0 1 41 41
Total 56 2 49 2,303 2,059

Updated December 30, 2012.

Game results[edit]

Packers victory Vikings victory Tied Game Post Season Meeting

1960s (Packers 11-7)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
1961 Sunday, October 22 Green Bay Packers 33-7 Minnesota Vikings 42,007 Bloomington, Minnesota
1961 Sunday, December 29 Green Bay Packers 28-10 Minnesota Vikings 44,412 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1962 Sunday, September 16 Green Bay Packers 34-7 Minnesota Vikings 38,669 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1962 Sunday, October 14 Green Bay Packers 48-21 Minnesota Vikings 41,475 Bloomington, Minnesota
1963 Sunday, October 13 Green Bay Packers 37-28 Minnesota Vikings 42,567 Bloomington, Minnesota
1963 Sunday, November 11 Green Bay Packers 28-7 Minnesota Vikings 42,327 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1964 Sunday, October 4 Minnesota Vikings 24-23 Green Bay Packers 42,327 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1964 Saturday, November 1 Green Bay Packers 42-13 Minnesota Vikings 44,278 Bloomington, Minnesota
1965 Sunday, November 21 Green Bay Packers 38-13 Minnesota Vikings 47,426 Bloomington, Minnesota
1965 Sunday, December 5 Green Bay Packers 24-19 Green Bay Packers 50,852 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1966 Sunday, November 6 Minnesota Vikings 20-17 Green Bay Packers Green Bay, Wisconsin
1966 Sunday, November 27 Green Bay Packers 28-16 Minnesota Vikings Bloomington, Minnesota
1967 Sunday, October 15 Minnesota Vikings 10-7 Green Bay Packers Green Bay, Wisconsin
1967 Sunday, December 3 Green Bay Packers 30-27 Minnesota Vikings Bloomington, Minnesota
1968 Sunday, September 22 Minnesota Vikings 26-13 Green Bay Packers Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1968 Sunday, November 10 Minnesota Vikings 14-10 Green Bay Packers Bloomington, Minnesota
1969 Sunday, October 5 Minnesota Vikings 19-7 Green Bay Packers Bloomington, Minnesota
1969 November 16 Minnesota Vikings 9-7 Green Bay Packers Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1970s (Vikings 15-4-1)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
1970 October 4 Green Bay Packers 13-10 Minnesota Vikings Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1970 November 22 Minnesota Vikings 10-3 Green Bay Packers Bloomington, Minnesota
1971 October 17 Minnesota Vikings 24-13 Green Bay Packers Green Bay, Wisconsin
1971 November 14 Minnesota Vikings 3-0 Green Bay Packers Bloomington, Minnesota
1972 October 29 Minnesota Vikings 27-13 Green Bay Packers Green Bay, Wisconsin
1972 December 10 Green Bay Packers 23-7 Minnesota Vikings Bloomington, Minnesota
1973 September 30 Minnesota Vikings 11-3 Green Bay Packers Bloomington, Minnesota
1973 December 8 Minnesota Vikings 31-7 Green Bay Packers Green Bay, Wisconsin
1974 September 15 Minnesota Vikings 32-17 Green Bay Packers Green Bay, Wisconsin
1974 November 17 Green Bay Packers 19-7 Minnesota Vikings Bloomington, Minnesota
1975 November 2 Minnesota Vikings 28-17 Green Bay Packers Green Bay, Wisconsin
1975 December 7 Minnesota Vikings 24-3 Green Bay Packers Bloomington, Minnesota
1976 November 21 Minnesota Vikings 17-10 Green Bay Packers Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1976 December 5 Minnesota Vikings 20-9 Green Bay Packers Bloomington, Minnesota
1977 October 2 Minnesota Vikings 19-7 Green Bay Packers Bloomington, Minnesota
1977 November 27 Minnesota Vikings 13-6 Green Bay Packers Green Bay, Wisconsin
1978 October 22 Minnesota Vikings 21-7 Green Bay Packers Bloomington, Minnesota
1978 November 26 10-10 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1979 September 23 Minnesota Vikings 27-21 Green Bay Packers Bloomington, Minnesota
1979 November 11 Green Bay Packers 19-7 Minnesota Vikings Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1980s (Packers 14-5)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
1980 October 26 Green Bay Packers 16-3 Minnesota Vikings Green Bay, Wisconsin
1980 November 23 Green Bay Packers 25-13 Minnesota Vikings Bloomington, Minnesota
1981 September 27 Minnesota Vikings 30-13 Green Bay Packers Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1981 November 29 Green Bay Packers 35-23 Minnesota Vikings Bloomington, Minnesota
1982 November 21 Green Bay Packers 26-7 Minnesota Vikings Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1983 October 23 Minnesota Vikings 20-17 Green Bay Packers Green Bay, Wisconsin
1983 November 13 Green Bay Packers 29-21 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
1984 November 11 Green Bay Packers 45-17 Minnesota Vikings Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1984 December 16 Green Bay Packers 38-14 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
1985 October 13 Green Bay Packers 20-17 Minnesota Vikings Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1985 November 10 Green Bay Packers 27-17 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
1986 September 28 Minnesota Vikings 42-7 Green Bay Packers Minneapolis, Minnesota
1986 December 7 Minnesota Vikings 32-6 Green Bay Packers Green Bay, Wisconsin
1987 October 4 Green Bay Packers 23-16 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
1987 December 13 Green Bay Packers 16-10 Minnesota Vikings Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1988 October 16 Green Bay Packers 34-14 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
1988 December 11 Green Bay Packers 18-6 Minnesota Vikings Green Bay, Wisconsin
1989 October 15 Minnesota Vikings 26-14 Green Bay Packers Minneapolis, Minnesota
1989 November 16 Green Bay Packers 20-19 Minnesota Vikings Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1990s (Vikings 12-8)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
1990 October 28 Green Bay Packers 24-10 Minnesota Vikings Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1990 December 2 Minnesota Vikings 23-7 Green Bay Packers Minneapolis, Minnesota
1991 November 17 Minnesota Vikings 35-21 Green Bay Packers Green Bay, Wisconsin
1991 December 21 Green Bay Packers 27-7 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
1992 September 6 Minnesota Vikings 23-20 Green Bay Packers Green Bay, Wisconsin
1992 December 27 Minnesota Vikings 27-7 Green Bay Packers Minneapolis, Minnesota
1993 September 26 Minnesota Vikings 15-13 Green Bay Packers Minneapolis, Minnesota
1993 December 19 Minnesota Vikings 21-17 Green Bay Packers Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1994 September 4 Green Bay Packers 16-10 Minnesota Vikings Green Bay, Wisconsin
1994 October 20 Minnesota Vikings 13-10 Green Bay Packers Minneapolis, Minnesota
1995 October 22 Green Bay Packers 38-21 Minnesota Vikings Green Bay, Wisconsin
1995 November 5 Minnesota Vikings 27-24 Green Bay Packers Minneapolis, Minnesota
1996 September 22 Minnesota Vikings 30-21 Green Bay Packers Minneapolis, Minnesota
1996 December 22 Green Bay Packers 38-10 Minnesota Vikings Green Bay, Wisconsin
1997 September 21 Green Bay Packers 38-32 Minnesota Vikings Green Bay, Wisconsin
1997 December 1 Green Bay Packers 27-11 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
1998 October 5 Minnesota Vikings 37–24 Green Bay Packers Green Bay, Wisconsin
1998 November 22 Minnesota Vikings 28-14 Green Bay Packers Minneapolis, Minnesota
1999 September 26 Green Bay Packers 23-20 Minnesota Vikings Green Bay, Wisconsin
1999 December 20 Minnesota Vikings 24-20 Green Bay Packers Minneapolis, Minnesota

2000s (Packers 12-9)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
2000 November 6 Green Bay Packers 26-20 Minnesota Vikings Green Bay, Wisconsin
2000 December 17 Green Bay Packers 33-28 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
2001 October 21 Minnesota Vikings 35-13 Green Bay Packers Minneapolis, Minnesota
2001 December 30 Green Bay Packers 24-13 Minnesota Vikings Green Bay, Wisconsin
2002 November 17 Minnesota Vikings 31-21 Green Bay Packers Minneapolis, Minnesota
2002 December 8 Green Bay Packers 26-22 Minnesota Vikings Green Bay, Wisconsin
2003 September 7 Minnesota Vikings 30-25 Green Bay Packers Green Bay, Wisconsin
2003 November 2 Green Bay Packers 30-27 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
2004 November 14 Green Bay Packers 34-31 Minnesota Vikings Green Bay, Wisconsin
2004 December 24 Green Bay Packers 34-31 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
2005 January 9 Minnesota Vikings 31-17 Green Bay Packers Green Bay, Wisconsin
2005 October 23 Minnesota Vikings 23-20 Green Bay Packers Minneapolis, Minnesota
2005 November 21 Minnesota Vikings 20-17 Green Bay Packers Green Bay, Wisconsin
2006 November 12 Green Bay Packers 23-17 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
2006 December 21 Green Bay Packers 9-7 Minnesota Vikings Green Bay, Wisconsin
2007 September 30 Green Bay Packers 23-16 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
2007 November 11 Green Bay Packers 34-0 Minnesota Vikings Green Bay, Wisconsin
2008 September 8 Green Bay Packers 24-19 Minnesota Vikings Green Bay, Wisconsin
2008 November 9 Minnesota Vikings 28-27 Green Bay Packers Minneapolis, Minnesota
2009 October 5 Minnesota Vikings 30-23 Green Bay Packers 63,846 Minneapolis, Minnesota
2009 November 1 Minnesota Vikings 38-26 Green Bay Packers 71,213 Green Bay, Wisconsin

2010s (Packers 7-1-1)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
2010 October 24 Green Bay Packers 28-24 Minnesota Vikings 71,107 Green Bay, Wisconsin
2010 November 21 Green Bay Packers 31-3 Minnesota Vikings 64,120 Minneapolis, Minnesota
2011 October 23 Green Bay Packers 33-27 Minnesota Vikings 63,946 Minneapolis, Minnesota
2011 November 14 Green Bay Packers 45-7 Minnesota Vikings 70,519 Green Bay, Wisconsin
2012 December 2 Green Bay Packers 23-14 Minnesota Vikings 70,567 Green Bay, Wisconsin
2012 December 30 Minnesota Vikings 37-34 Green Bay Packers 64,134 Minneapolis, Minnesota
2013 January 5 Green Bay Packers 24-10 Minnesota Vikings 71,548 Green Bay, Wisconsin
2013 October 27 Green Bay Packers 44-31 Minnesota Vikings 64,134 Minneapolis, Minnesota
2013 November 24 26-26 77,871 Green Bay, Wisconsin

See also[edit]

Other rivalries involving the two teams