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With the San Francisco 49ers’ division-clinching victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, the Green Bay Packers’ opponents for the 2013 regular season have been set. The official 2013 NFL schedule, with playing dates and times, will be announced in the spring.
The Packers’ opponents for 2013 are as follows:
- HOME: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins
- AWAY: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers
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Check out these behind-the-scenes photos from Mall of America Field.
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MINNEAPOLIS–The Packers and Vikings will face each other again next weekend, in Lambeau Field, in the wild-card round of the playoffs, following a 37-34 Vikings win in the Metrodome on Sunday.
Trailing 20-10 at halftime, the Packers cut their deficit to 20-17 when Aaron Rodgers completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings to cap the Packers’ opening drive of the second half.
Minnesota roared back on a drive that involved a critical replay review and a second-and-27 play the Vikings converted on a 27-yard run by Adrian Peterson. The Vikings moved their lead to 27-17 when Christian Ponder flipped a 2-yard touchdown pass to Peterson.
The Packers stormed back with an 87-yard touchdown drive, the big play of which was a 73-yard completion from Rodgers to Jordy Nelson. The touchdown play, an 8-yard throw from Rodgers to James Jones, was first ruled a fumble and a Vikings recovery in the end zone. Replay review awarded the Packers a touchdown, but not before some tense moments after Coach Mike McCarthy tossed his challenge flag unnecessarily. It resulted in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty but did not disallow the touchdown. Referee Mike Carey explained the review had already begun when McCarthy tossed his challenge flag.
Trailing 27-24, the Packers tied the game on a 40-yard Mason Crosby field goal early in the fourth quarter.
That’s when Ponder, not Peterson, made the big play. His 65-yard completion to Jarius Wright caught the Packers by surprise and was the big play in a go-ahead touchdown drive. On third down, Ponder pitched a 3-yard touchdown pass to Mike Jenkins, and the Vikings led, 34-27.
Facing a must-score possession, Rodgers moved the Packers slowly but surely down the field as the clock ticked toward the two-minute warning. A pass interference penalty against the Vikings put the ball on the 2-yard line, from where Nelson caught a back-shoulder throw for a touchdown that tied the game, 34-34, with 2:54 to play.
That’s when the excitement began.
The Vikings took possession at their 28. Two failed plays left Ponder to face a third-and-11. Following the two-minute warning, Ponder found Jenkins alone on the sideline for 25 yards and a first down at the Packers 48.
At that point, the clock favored the Vikings, who would try to move into field goal range. Peterson seven yards on first down, and the clock ticked. Peterson rushed for four more and a first down, and the clock ticked.
That’s when Peterson won the game. He burst off left tackle for 26 yards and with three seconds to play, rookie Blair Walsh booted a 29-yard, walk-off field goal.
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MINNEAPOLIS–The Packers trailed the Vikings, 20-10, at halftime of today’s game in the Metrodome.
Minnesota went out to a 13-0 lead when they scored on each of their first three drives. Kicker Blair Walsh capped a 10-play, 41-yard drive with a 54-yard field goal, Adrian Peterson’s 7-yard touchdown run capped a 7-play, 60-yard drive, and Walsh booted a 37-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
Green Bay got back into the game following a 32-yard punt return by Jeremy Ross that carried to the Vikings 42-yard line. On third-and-goal from the Vikings’ 3-yard line, Aaron Rodgers found Greg Jennings alone in the back of the end zone for a touchdown that cut the Vikings’ lead to six points with 4:01 to play in the half.
The big blow by the Vikings immediately followed the Packers’ touchdown, when the Vikings drove 60 yards for a touchdown. Christian Ponder completed an 8-yard touchdownn pass to Jarius Wright that restored the Vikings’ advantage to 13 points at 20-7. The Packers bit on a play-action fake that left Wright all alone in the left flat.
Green Bay roared back down the field and moved inside the Vikings 40-yard line with 31 seconds to play, but Rodgers was sacked. With one second to play in the half, Mason Crosby booted a 51-yard field goal.
Peterson rushed for 91 yards on 17 carries. His long run went for 22 yards. Heading into the game, Peterson needed 208 yards rushing to become the NFL’s all-time, single-season rushing champion.
Ponder played an error-free half of football. He completed nine of 15 passes for 100 yards, ran twice for 16 yards and converted on third down on all four scoring drives.
DuJuan Harris replaced Ryan Grant at running back in the second quarter and gave the Packers a lift with 35 yards on six rushing attempts.
Rodgers completed 10 of 18 passes for 89 yards.
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Packers WR Randall Cobb, who suffered an ankle/knee injury in last Sunday’s game vs. the Tennessee Titans at Lambeau Field, will not suit up in Minnesota today. The following players have been declared as inactive for today’s Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings game at the Metrodome.
Green Bay Packers
18 WR Randall Cobb
21 DB Charles Woodson
31 CB Davon House
44 RB James Starks
56 LB Terrell Manning
80 WR Donald Driver
91 DT Jordan Miller
4 QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson
11 WR Stephen Burton
27 CB Brandon Burton
36 S Robert Blanton
57 LB Audie Cole
78 OL Troy Kropog
91 DE D’Aundre Reed
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