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Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings: Time to relish in the history and to look ahead

Dec 30, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) is interviewed by reporters following the game against the Green Bay Packers at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Packers 37-34. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers fans know a thing about numbers, especially the numbers that lead to wins.

2,549 days.

Let that number sink in … if you subtract those days from Dec. 30, 2012, it takes you back to Jan. 7, 2006.

That’s the last time the Washington Redskins have made an NFC Playoff appearance. Think about it, Packers fans … and while you’re at it, count your blessings.

Since 2006, the Packers have had five appearances: 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. With appearances in four of the past five years, it’s become an expectation. The Packers have appeared in the Playoffs in eight of the past 10 years and have won a Super Bowl over the past decade.

In fact, the team’s success is at an historic level. Clearly, the Packers continue to be one of the most successful franchises in league history and continue to perform year-in and year-out.

Adrian Peterson carries the ball during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at the Metrodome.
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Consider the Redskins’ failures. And consider that the Minnesota Vikings are one of several teams that have never won a Super Bowl.

So, as you fume over Sunday’s last-second loss to the Vikings, consider that this is just a blip on the screen of success. The Packers were playing for a week off today. The Vikings were playing for their Playoff lives and to get their Cyborg-like running back Adrian Peterson enough yards to claim a long-standing NFL rushing record.

With their last-second win, the Vikings earned a trip to the post-season, but their efforts fell nine yards short in helping Peterson gain the record – a small victory for the Packers.

But what we saw Sunday was a game for the ages on both sides of the ball. While Peterson was piling up yards for the Vikings, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was leading the Packers down the field for score after score, overcoming a 13-point deficit – twice – to finally tie the game with just more than two minutes remaining in the game.

Though the Vikings won the game, their prize was another trip to Green Bay next Saturday night to take on the Packers in their house. Will they have enough to beat the Packers twice in a single season and do it with six days rest? We’ll see.

If they are to do that, they will need to duplicate the effort that gave Peterson nearly 200 yards once again.

Here’s what Aaron Rodgers said after the game about the rematch and heading back home: “We’re in the playoffs now and you play who you are seeded against. The road got a little tougher having to play on opening weekend, but we’ve got a home game and that’s why you win the division. We get to go back home and the game will be different. They won’t have home crowd advantage and hopefully that will make a difference.”

One thing is for certain – these are historic times when it comes to the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings. The great thing is they get to do it once more next week in Green Bay, in prime time.

So, it’s time to get over the loss, Packers fans. It’s time for the Packers to look ahead at ways to stop Peterson. It’s time for Aaron Rodgers to bring his best effort once again.

Here’s what Coach Mike McCarthy had to say about his talk with the team following the game:

“The root of it was, we had an opportunity here to take care of business and have the bye week and that opportunity is passed. The playoffs have started for us now. It’s official. We got a taste of the environment, what it’s going to be like on the road. Playoff football’s different. It is every year. Today’s opportunity is something we can apply to this upcoming week.”

And one thing is for certain. We won’t have to wait 2,549 days to enjoy it all once again.

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Blair Walsh kicks a field goal as time expires to defeat the Green Bay Packers at the Metrodome.
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