Can Adrian Peterson play quarterback?
When it was revealed that starting signal caller Christian Ponder would be inactive due to an elbow injury, Vikings fans wondered (and tweeted) if "All Day" Peterson could handle the ball on all offensive plays. In place of Ponder, the Vikings will start Joe Webb, a dynamic, dual-threat player who has not attempted a pass all season long. In his third year out of Alabama-Birmingham, Webb saw game action just once this season, rushing once for -1 yard.
Thankfully for the Vikings, Peterson's numbers are a bit more impressive, especially against the Packers. Peterson racked up a staggering 210 yards at Green Bay in the teams' first meeting of the season and then 199 in Week 17.
Unlike that Week 17 tilt, this rematch will take place at Lambeau, where Aaron Rodgers and the Packers went 7-1 during the regular season. Not only are the Packers hard to defeat at home this season, but they had been hard for the Vikings to beat anywhere up until last week. That Minnesota win snapped a five-game losing streak against their NFC North rivals.
Even before Ponder was deemed inactive, the 49ers and the oddsmakers both were favoring the Pack. The opening spread was Packers -8 and San Francisco had its scout team players wearing the numbers of prominent Green Bay players.
Can Peterson prove them wrong? Will Webb him do it? Or will Rodgers and company defend their home tundra?
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01/05/2013 11:23 PM EST
@ SportsCenter :
"@AdrianPeterson is the man & if you stop him I don't care who is at QB, you have a chance of winning" -@Packers' B.J. Raji on SC
01/05/2013 11:14 PM EST
Joe Webb's Ballgame
This went about as poorly as you'd guess given that he hadn't thrown a pass all year long. He finished with 11 completions on 30 attempts but it's worth noting that his last three completions when the game was in hand accounted for 83 of those yards and his only touchdown. He picked up 68 yards on the ground on seven carries and gave the ball away with a fumble as well as an interception. He was put in an impossible situation and his unique skill set (and our faith in Adrian Peterson) made many think a memorable performance was possible. It didn't work out.
01/05/2013 11:10 PM EST
Rodgers completed 23 of 33 passes for 274 yards and touchdown. He spread the ball around to 10 different receivers and scrambled twice for 12 yards.
01/05/2013 11:06 PM EST
Packers move on to face 49ers in San Francisco next week in the Divisional Round. The 49ers defeated the Packers in Lambeau in Week 1, 30-22.
01/05/2013 11:03 PM EST
That'll Do It
Webb with another long completion on the final play but Packers win, 24-10.
01/05/2013 11:02 PM EST
Boos at Lambeau
After a big completion, Webb hurries up to the line and spikes it. Clock stopped at one second. Fans do not approve in Green Bay.
01/05/2013 11:01 PM EST
One Last Punt
It's fair caught and the Vikings have 19 seconds. AP needs one yard to top 100 for the game.
01/05/2013 10:56 PM EST
Packers lead, 24-10. They have the ball with a 2nd and 12 when we get back to it.
01/05/2013 10:55 PM EST
Rodgers finds Nelson on the edge and he is pulled down right at the marker. Chains moved. Tick. Tock.
01/05/2013 10:54 PM EST
It's 3rd and 5 after the Vikings' final timeout is complete. Aaron Rodgers in the shotgun. They want this first down.