Vikings staring down rare chance to bury Packers
The Vikings have the rare opportunity to be solely responsible in killing Green Bay’s playoff hopes after three decades of Favre & Rodgers.
How many times has the Vikings had the chance to ruin the Green Bay Packers’ playoff hopes. The Packers have only missed the playoffs eight times in the 30 years that Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre have been with them, from 1992 to 2022.
The Packers were kept out of the playoffs by the Vikings in three of those eight seasons. They can be credited with keeping them out of the playoffs again with a win at Lambeau field on Sunday.
With the Lions beating the Bears in Detroit, the Packers will be out of playoff contention. The Lions are 6 points ahead of a shaky Bears team with 3 wins this season.
The Bears and Lions play at noon so there’s a chance that Green Bay (if they win) will be in a must-win position when their game against Minnesota begins at 3:25 p.m.
Minnesota’s No. 1 goal was to win the division. 1 goal. It would be a great achievement to beat the Packers at Lambeau to end their playoff hopes. The 2022 Vikings could join those from 2017 and 1999 as the only teams responsible for their mortal enemy’s demise in the Favre/Rodgers era.
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The 1992 Packers were 9-7 and lost the tiebreaker against Washington for the last wildcard spot. Guess who beat the Packers in Week 17. It was the Vikings, who won a 27-7 victory. Favre was intercepted three more times, and Sean Salisbury threw touchdowns at tight ends Steve Jordan & Mike Tice.
Green Bay fell to 7-7 after the Vikings’ win over the Packers 24-20 in Week 15. They finished 8-8, losing tiebreakers against the Cowboys and Lions to miss the playoffs. The game came down to the wire with Brett Favre being intercepted by Robert Griffith in the end zone.
The 2017 Packers were 4-1 when Aaron Rodgers was injured by Anthony Barr’s elbow. Green Bay lost Rodgers without him and finished 7-9. The Vikings can take credit for ending their season.
After three decades of Favre, Rodgers, and Minnesota, Minnesota is looking down at a rare chance to bury their opponent in the frozen tundra for all of the winter.
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