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Packers–Vikings rivalry

Updated: 2017-09-07T18:20Z
Green Bay Packers–Minnesota Vikings
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Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings wordmark.svg
Minnesota Vikings
First meetingOctober 22, 1961
Green Bay 38 Minnesota 7
Latest meetingDecember 24, 2016
Minnesota 25, Green Bay 38
Meetings total113 meetings
All-time seriesGB: leads 60–51–2
Postseason resultsTied 1–1
  • January 9, 2005, MIN 31, GB 17
  • January 5, 2013, GB 24, MIN 10
Largest victoryGB: 45–7 (2011)
Longest win streakMIN: W7 (1975–78)
Current win streakGB: W1 (2016-)

The Packers–Vikings rivalry is an NFL rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings.[1][2]

The rivalry began in 1961, when the Minnesota Vikings entered the league as an expansion team. The rivalry is known for its many close games and the parity of the all-time series. It is also considered to be one of the most intense rivalries in the National Football League, due to both teams being located in the same division since the Vikings inception, and the fact that the two states (Minnesota and Wisconsin) are geographically located side by side, thereby allowing them to compete in multiple sports in other leagues such as the Big Ten Conference.[3] The series between the Universities of Wisconsin and Minnesota is the most-played rivalry in NCAA Division I football, having been played continuously since 1907.

Notable moments and games

  • Vince Lombardi's Packers 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.
  • On December 10, 1972 the Packers traveled to Metropolitan Stadium with a chance to clinch the NFC Central division for the first time since 1967. The Vikings had a chance to move into a first place tie with the Packers and have a shot to win the division in the final game of the season. The Vikings got on the board first and took a 7-0 lead but it was all Packers after that as they put up 23 unanswered points and won the game 23-7. With the win the Packers clinched the division title and ended the Vikings four year streak as division champions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?"
  • On December 24, 2004 the Packers traveled to the Metrodome for a Week 16 matchup with the Vikings that would determine the 2004 NFC North Division Champion. Both teams entered the game with an 8-6 record. The Vikings took a 31-24 lead midway through the 4th quarter but the Packers mounted a late comeback by tying the game with 3:34 left in regulation. The Packers then drove down the field and won the game on a 29-yard field goal from Ryan Longwell as time expired. Coincidently, both matchups in the 2004 regular season were won by the Packers 34-31, both coming on last second field goals by Ryan Longwell.
  • 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.[4] 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".
  • In week 10 of the 2007 season the Packers routed the Vikings in only the second, and largest, shutout of the rivalry. The Packers defense stifled the Vikings while the Packers offense held the ball for over 40 minutes in the game. Brett Favre threw for 351 yards and three touchdowns en route to a 34-0 victory at Lambeau Field. The win pushed the Packers to an 8-1 start to the season.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.[5] 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 run for 210 and 199 yards respectively in the first two meetings.
  • The Packers and Vikings played for the division crown in Week 17 of the 2015 season at Lambeau Field.[6] The Vikings won the contest 20-13, winning their first divisional title since 2009 and breaking the Packers' four-year streak of being division champions.


Summary of results

Packers winsTiesVikings winsPackers pointsVikings points
Regular season582502,4112,125

Updated January 22, 2016

Game results

Packers victoryVikings victoryTied GamePost Season Meeting

1960s (Packers 11-7)

1961Sunday, October 22Green Bay Packers33-7Minnesota Vikings42,007Bloomington, Minnesota
1961Sunday, December 29Green Bay Packers28-10Minnesota Vikings44,412Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1962Sunday, September 16Green Bay Packers34-7Minnesota Vikings38,669Green Bay, Wisconsin
1962Sunday, October 14Green Bay Packers48-21Minnesota Vikings41,475Bloomington, Minnesota
1963Sunday, October 13Green Bay Packers37-28Minnesota Vikings42,567Bloomington, Minnesota
1963Sunday, November 11Green Bay Packers28-7Minnesota Vikings42,327Green Bay, Wisconsin
1964Sunday, October 4Minnesota Vikings24-23Green Bay Packers42,327Green Bay, Wisconsin
1964Sunday, November 1Green Bay Packers42-13Minnesota Vikings44,278Bloomington, Minnesota
1965Sunday, November 21Green Bay Packers38-13Minnesota Vikings47,426Bloomington, Minnesota
1965Sunday, December 5Green Bay Packers24-19Green Bay Packers50,852Green Bay, Wisconsin
1966Sunday, November 6Minnesota Vikings20-17Green Bay Packers50,861Green Bay, Wisconsin
1966Sunday, November 27Green Bay Packers28-16Minnesota Vikings47,426Bloomington, Minnesota
1967Sunday, October 15Minnesota Vikings10-7Green Bay Packers49,601Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1967Sunday, December 3Green Bay Packers30-27Minnesota Vikings47,693Bloomington, Minnesota
1968Sunday, September 22Minnesota Vikings26-13Green Bay Packers49,346Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1968Sunday, November 10Minnesota Vikings14-10Green Bay Packers47,644Bloomington, Minnesota
1969Sunday, October 5Minnesota Vikings19-7Green Bay Packers60,740Minneapolis, Minnesota
1969Sunday, November 16Minnesota Vikings9-7Green Bay Packers48,321Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1970s (Vikings 15-4-1)

1970October 4Green Bay Packers13-10Minnesota VikingsMilwaukee, Wisconsin
1970November 22Minnesota Vikings10-3Green Bay PackersBloomington, Minnesota
1971October 17Minnesota Vikings24-13Green Bay PackersGreen Bay, Wisconsin
1971November 14Minnesota Vikings3-0Green Bay PackersBloomington, Minnesota
1972October 29Minnesota Vikings27-13Green Bay PackersGreen Bay, Wisconsin
1972December 10Green Bay Packers23-7Minnesota VikingsBloomington, Minnesota
1973September 30Minnesota Vikings11-3Green Bay PackersBloomington, Minnesota
1973December 8Minnesota Vikings31-7Green Bay PackersGreen Bay, Wisconsin
1974September 15Minnesota Vikings32-17Green Bay PackersGreen Bay, Wisconsin
1974November 17Green Bay Packers19-7Minnesota VikingsBloomington, Minnesota
1975November 2Minnesota Vikings28-17Green Bay PackersGreen Bay, Wisconsin
1975December 7Minnesota Vikings24-3Green Bay PackersBloomington, Minnesota
1976November 21Minnesota Vikings17-10Green Bay PackersMilwaukee, Wisconsin
1976December 5Minnesota Vikings20-9Green Bay PackersBloomington, Minnesota
1977October 2Minnesota Vikings19-7Green Bay PackersBloomington, Minnesota
1977November 27Minnesota Vikings13-6Green Bay PackersGreen Bay, Wisconsin
1978October 22Minnesota Vikings21-7Green Bay PackersBloomington, Minnesota
1978November 2610-10Green Bay, Wisconsin
1979September 23Minnesota Vikings27-21Green Bay PackersBloomington, Minnesota
1979November 11Green Bay Packers19-7Minnesota VikingsMilwaukee, Wisconsin

1980s (Packers 14-5)

1980October 26Green Bay Packers16-3Minnesota VikingsGreen Bay, Wisconsin
1980November 23Green Bay Packers25-13Minnesota VikingsBloomington, Minnesota
1981September 27Minnesota Vikings30-13Green Bay PackersMilwaukee, Wisconsin
1981November 29Green Bay Packers35-23Minnesota VikingsBloomington, Minnesota
1982November 21Green Bay Packers26-7Minnesota VikingsMilwaukee, Wisconsin
1983October 23Minnesota Vikings20-17Green Bay PackersGreen Bay, Wisconsin
1983November 13Green Bay Packers29-21Minnesota VikingsMinneapolis, Minnesota
1984November 11Green Bay Packers45-17Minnesota VikingsMilwaukee, Wisconsin
1984December 16Green Bay Packers38-14Minnesota VikingsMinneapolis, Minnesota
1985October 13Green Bay Packers20-17Minnesota VikingsMilwaukee, Wisconsin
1985November 10Green Bay Packers27-17Minnesota VikingsMinneapolis, Minnesota
1986September 28Minnesota Vikings42-7Green Bay PackersMinneapolis, Minnesota
1986December 7Minnesota Vikings32-6Green Bay PackersGreen Bay, Wisconsin
1987October 4Green Bay Packers23-16Minnesota VikingsMinneapolis, Minnesota
1987December 13Green Bay Packers16-10Minnesota VikingsMilwaukee, Wisconsin
1988October 16Green Bay Packers34-14Minnesota VikingsMinneapolis, Minnesota
1988December 11Green Bay Packers18-6Minnesota VikingsGreen Bay, Wisconsin
1989October 15Minnesota Vikings26-14Green Bay PackersMinneapolis, Minnesota
1989November 16Green Bay Packers20-19Minnesota VikingsMilwaukee, Wisconsin

1990s (Vikings 12-8)

1990October 28Green Bay Packers24-10Minnesota VikingsMilwaukee, Wisconsin
1990December 2Minnesota Vikings23-7Green Bay PackersMinneapolis, Minnesota
1991November 17Minnesota Vikings35-21Green Bay PackersGreen Bay, Wisconsin
1991December 21Green Bay Packers27-7Minnesota VikingsMinneapolis, Minnesota
1992September 6Minnesota Vikings23-20Green Bay PackersGreen Bay, Wisconsin
1992December 27Minnesota Vikings27-7Green Bay PackersMinneapolis, Minnesota
1993September 26Minnesota Vikings15-13Green Bay PackersMinneapolis, Minnesota
1993December 19Minnesota Vikings21-17Green Bay PackersMilwaukee, Wisconsin
1994September 4Green Bay Packers16-10Minnesota VikingsGreen Bay, Wisconsin
1994October 20Minnesota Vikings13-10Green Bay PackersMinneapolis, Minnesota
1995October 22Green Bay Packers38-21Minnesota VikingsGreen Bay, Wisconsin
1995November 5Minnesota Vikings27-24Green Bay PackersMinneapolis, Minnesota
1996September 22Minnesota Vikings30-21Green Bay PackersMinneapolis, Minnesota
1996December 22Green Bay Packers38-10Minnesota VikingsGreen Bay, Wisconsin
1997September 21Green Bay Packers38-32Minnesota VikingsGreen Bay, Wisconsin
1997December 1Green Bay Packers27-11Minnesota VikingsMinneapolis, Minnesota
1998October 5Minnesota Vikings37–24Green Bay Packers59,849Green Bay, Wisconsin
1998November 22Minnesota Vikings28-14Green Bay Packers64,471Minneapolis, Minnesota
1999September 26Green Bay Packers23-20Minnesota Vikings59,868Green Bay, Wisconsin
1999December 20Minnesota Vikings24-20Green Bay Packers64,603Minneapolis, Minnesota

2000s (Packers 12-9)

2000November 6Green Bay Packers26-20Minnesota Vikings59,854Green Bay, Wisconsin
2000December 17Green Bay Packers33-28Minnesota Vikings64,183Minneapolis, Minnesota
2001October 21Minnesota Vikings35-13Green Bay Packers64,165Minneapolis, Minnesota
2001December 30Green Bay Packers24-13Minnesota Vikings59,870Green Bay, Wisconsin
2002November 17Minnesota Vikings31-21Green Bay Packers64,153Minneapolis, Minnesota
2002December 8Green Bay Packers26-22Minnesota Vikings64,070Green Bay, Wisconsin
2003September 7Minnesota Vikings30-25Green Bay Packers70,505Green Bay, Wisconsin
2003November 2Green Bay Packers30-27Minnesota Vikings64,482Minneapolis, Minnesota
2004November 14Green Bay Packers34-31Minnesota Vikings70,671Green Bay, Wisconsin
2004December 24Green Bay Packers34-31Minnesota Vikings64,311Minneapolis, Minnesota
2005January 9Minnesota Vikings31-17Green Bay Packers71,075Green Bay, Wisconsin
2005October 23Minnesota Vikings23-20Green Bay Packers64,278Minneapolis, Minnesota
2005November 21Minnesota Vikings20-17Green Bay Packers70,610Green Bay, Wisconsin
2006November 12Green Bay Packers23-17Minnesota Vikings63,924Minneapolis, Minnesota
2006December 21Green Bay Packers9-7Minnesota Vikings70,864Green Bay, Wisconsin
2007September 30Green Bay Packers23-16Minnesota Vikings63,779Minneapolis, Minnesota
2007November 11Green Bay Packers34-0Minnesota Vikings70,945Green Bay, Wisconsin
2008September 8Green Bay Packers24-19Minnesota Vikings71,004Green Bay, Wisconsin
2008November 9Minnesota Vikings28-27Green Bay Packers63,845Minneapolis, Minnesota
2009October 5Minnesota Vikings30-23Green Bay Packers63,846Minneapolis, Minnesota
2009November 1Minnesota Vikings38-26Green Bay Packers71,213Green Bay, Wisconsin

2010s (Packers 11-3-1)

2010October 24Green Bay Packers28-24Minnesota Vikings71,107Green Bay, Wisconsin
2010November 21Green Bay Packers31-3Minnesota Vikings64,120Minneapolis, Minnesota
2011October 23Green Bay Packers33-27Minnesota Vikings63,946Minneapolis, Minnesota
2011November 14Green Bay Packers45-7Minnesota Vikings70,519Green Bay, Wisconsin
2012December 2Green Bay Packers23-14Minnesota Vikings70,567Green Bay, Wisconsin
2012December 30Minnesota Vikings37-34Green Bay Packers64,134Minneapolis, Minnesota
2013January 5Green Bay Packers24-10Minnesota Vikings71,548Green Bay, Wisconsin
2013October 27Green Bay Packers44-31Minnesota Vikings64,134Minneapolis, Minnesota
2013November 2426-2677,871Green Bay, Wisconsin
2014October 2Green Bay Packers42–10Minnesota Vikings78,054Green Bay, Wisconsin
2014November 23Green Bay Packers24–21Minnesota Vikings52,386Minneapolis, Minnesota
2015November 22Green Bay Packers30–13Minnesota Vikings52,529Minneapolis, Minnesota
2016January 3Minnesota Vikings20-13Green Bay Packers78,412Green Bay, Wisconsin
2016September 18Minnesota Vikings17-14Green Bay Packers66,813Minneapolis, Minnesota
2016December 24Green Bay Packers[7]38-25Minnesota Vikings78,412Green Bay, Wisconsin

See also

Other rivalries involving the two teams


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