The Vikings and Packers have one of the NFL’s most heated rivalries, largely because of their proximity to one another and the sheer number of times they’ve gone head-to-head. Border rivals since 1961, the Vikings-Packers have met 98 times, tied for the most games the Vikings have played against any opponent.
But also feeding this rivalry, especially as of late, is the gut-wrenching and fingernail biting games these teams have had. In the previous 24 matchups (1998-2009), including the 2004 Wild Card playoff, the series has been remarkably even with a combined score of 568-564 in favor of Minnesota. The average scores of those games have been 23.7 (Vikings) and 23.5 (Packers).
On top of that, 13 of the past 15 games have been decided by one score or less, including a 30-23 Vikings victory earlier this year and a tight 28-27 contest last season. The Vikings and Packers have gone to overtime on 5 occasions in this series, which is the most by the Vikings against any single opponent.
“I think that they have a great defense and every time we play them they bring out their best and we bring out our best, so it is going to be a battle,” Packers WR Donald Driver told Twin Cities reporters on Wednesday. “It is going to go down to the wire. That is how it always goes down. It is going to come down to a touchdown or a field goal. We just hope that we are going to execute and make the plays that we need to make.”
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