Packers Blow It in Loss to Vikings

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Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

The Green Bay Packers blew the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs and in the process let the Minnesota Vikings into the tournament by dropping their final regular-season game, 37-34 to the Queens.

It was the Packers first loss to that team since 2009 and it was ugly from the beginning.

The Vikings jumped out to a 13-0 lead before the Packers responded with any drive of substance. That didn’t come until the second quarter, when Aaron Rodgers capped a 12-play drive with a 3-yard pass to Greg Jennings.

That put the Packers back in it, but they were playing behind all day, largely because the defense was unable to stop anyone.

Adrian Peterson was his usual self. He ran for 199 yards and while the Packers defense had their moments against him, they obviously couldn’t contain him.

Let’s point fingers here, because fingers deserve to be pointed.

A.J. Hawk? Got thrown around like a rag doll. Brad Jones? Couldn’t make the tackles he was supposed to.

And let’s talk about Tramon Williams. He’s either afraid to or unwilling to tackle Adrian Peterson.

A personal foul penalty on Phil Loadholt put the Vikings at 2nd-and-27 after a Peterson fumble that wasn’t was overturned on review. On the ensuing play, the Vikings handed off to Peterson and Williams had him dead to rights in the backfield. That is, except for the fact that Tramon didn’t do anything to attempt to make a tackle. Peterson ran for 28 and a first down.

We’ll also mention the idiotic personal foul Williams drew. After the Packers stopped the Vikings on third down in the red zone, Williams was flagged for getting in a scuffle with Vikings receiver Jerome Simpson. That led to a first down and a Michael Jenkins touchdown.

There were certainly plenty of goats for the Packers and they were all on defense.

After looking like they were rounding into a potentially dominant unit over the past four weeks, the Packers defense was a disaster against the Vikings. Not only did they get gouged by Peterson with both Clay Matthews and C.J. Wilson back in the lineup (both players were injured when Peterson ran for 210 in the first meeting), but they also got taken advantage of by the Vikings passing game.

The Packers actually made Christian Ponder look like an NFL-caliber quarterback.

Christian Ponder!

That guy threw for 234, three touchdowns and no picks. This is a guy who had just 15 touchdowns in 15 games coming into the season.

In other words, the Packers made a subpar quarterback look like a stud, much like they did with Jacksonville’s Blaine Gabbert earlier in the season.

We really can’t say enough bad things about the Packers defense, which looked sloppy and unprepared, with the exception of Matthews and B.J. Raji.

Aaron Rodgers and the boys did fine work to keep this game from being a blowout.

Rodgers threw for 365 yards, four TDs and no picks, but he did have a costly fumble in third quarter that led to a Vikings touchdown.

Nonetheless, the offense looked great, other than their slow start and that one play.

Greg Jennings had 120 yards receiving. Three other guys had over 60 yards. DuJuan Harris ran for 70 yards on 15 carries — five yards per.

The Vikings couldn’t stop the Packers. Unfortunately, the Packers couldn’t stop the Vikings and the Vikings got the ball last.

A 29-yard Blair Walsh field goal sealed it as time expired.

So the Packers kissed the first-round bye goodbye when the 49ers beat the Cardinals and get to host the Vikings next week.

We hate the Vikings, but those dirtbags rolled the Packers on this weekend. They’re certainly not as bad as we want them to be and if Green Bay doesn’t remember how to play defense, this season is probably going to end just like last season did.

In disappointment.

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

63 Comments on "Packers Blow It in Loss to Vikings"

  1. Jeff

    This is literally exactly what I have been thinking about since the game ended. Almost word for word. I’m glad someone else notice Williams playing like it was flag football

  2. Jeff

    Tramon Williams may be a shutdown corner but he couldn’t stop Rodgers from gaining 10 yards on the ground

  3. Adam

    While I’m pissed and knee deep in whiskey since the end of the game, I think this actually works better in our favor. We have the Vikings at home then onto Atlanta. As opposed to hosting the winner of Seattle and possibly Washington, then San Francisco.

    After we shit the bed with a first round bye last year, I think we’re in good position to get back to the NFC Championship.

    Plus… while a loss always sucks, I’d prefer to get this loss out of the way now and get everyone re-focused.

    Just my .02 while trying to be an optimist.

    • Adam

      I just realized that I might have been mistaken about the playoff seeding in my previous statement, and we’d have to go to SF in the divisional round. I blame it on the whiskey.

    • PackAttack

      Count me as one of the only one’s who see’s this as a good thing for the Pack.

      The offense played outstanding, best I’ve seen since Houston for the exception of the fumble (call it bad luck) and a few questionable play calls by McCarthy but other than that it was superb. Rodgers responded when it counted, that game should have been over after the Griffin TD but Rodgers came back with a 73 yd bomb to Jordy. Rodgers is going into the playoffs hot and with a chip on his shoulder.

      Playing the Vag-Queens 1st Round is better than playing the Bears or the Giants — BY FAR. No thanks to either of them. Say what you want about the Bears, Cutler sucks and that O is trash but I’d rather play a shitty QB at home and the Queens HAVE YET TO WIN A GAME OUTSIDE THIS YEAR! Ponder is atrocious outside and with Woodson and Cobb back — I’ll take my chances with the purple douche bags.

      A win vs. MN and your in SF playing the so-so 49ers with a rookie QB, beat them and your probably looking at Atlanta in the dome.

      Guys, there have been much, much, much tougher roads to the Super Bowl than this. If I woulda told you all 2 weeks ago that in order to get to the SB we’d have to beat MN, SF and Atlanta — you would have all laughed at me. Like you prolly are now but that’s not a tough road with a team at full strength and playing well on offense heading into the playoffs.

      Offense clicking. Jennings, Jordy, Cobb, Finley, Jones all healthy. Woodson is back, Shields is healthy. Ponder is pathetic, the Vikings got lucky and got every break today — Tramon getting penalties, Rodgers losing the fumble, Ponder getting lucky with his first ever deep ball — I mean it was just MN’s day, nothing else to say. They are not a better team. Haven’t won a game outside all year.

      The Vag-Queens aren’t going to come into Title Town and beat the reigning MVP. I don’t care if they have AP or not.

  4. Shawn Iltarion

    As the #3 seed, the Packers would go to SF with a win.

    That’s not an issue. Looked like great weather in San Fran today.

    The issue is that the Packers looked like a pretender today because their defense was 2011-level embarrassing.

    Tramon Williams should get his paycheck from the Vikings.

    PLEASE let Woodson back out there and bench MD Jennings, who should only play on obvious passing downs. Dude can’t tackle. The Vikings ran right at Williams and Jennings all day.

    NO ONE on defense did anything, except BJ Raji. Disgraceful. And Capers was an idiot for backing off the blitz heavy game plan that normally squashes Ponder. Way to sit back on 3rd and 11 and give up the game.

    Hey, no Randall Cobb? So what. With Jennings, Nelson and Jones out there, the Packers looked more like the 2011 offense than ever. Too bad they also looked like the 2011 defense.

  5. Drunk On Duval Street

    I won’t mind watching the Packers beat down the Vikings next Saturday while I’m sitting at the poolside bar in 85° temperature.

  6. DD

    Did anyone else see Rodgers’ ridiculously gay and absurd hissy fit on the James Jones fumble call? What a gay fucking faggot loser.

    • PackAttack

      Except he’s married to a hot chick, has a super bowl ring and is the reigning NFL MVP — and a millionaire — so that rules out being a faggot and a loser.

    • Jurgens

      Ha! yes, nothing gets your point across like good old fashioned all american homophobia! Hilarious! SKOL! Go eat some more Hormel Chili.

  7. darrin

    Good thing I had a full bottle of Jameson ready for kickoff. Was I that drunk or did Mike Neal not even play? The secondary was horrible. Tramon is afraid to tackle anyone. Our secondary looks junior college compared to the Seahawks and Niners. What’s up with dropping eight guys into coverage and then giving up a 13 yard gain for first down? Isn’t that the point – to not give up a big play? Oh right, we’re in the playoffs so this game doesn’t matter…

  8. PackAttack

    Let the Vik-Queens have their fag parade and celebrate their first playoff birth since Favre un-did them in ’09. If history proves anything it’s that MN in the playoffs is like Lindsay Lohan in rehab — it just don’t fuckin work.

    The vikings have NOT won a game outdoors this season. Their secondary is in shambles, Ponder is about as bad outside as an NFL QB can be (QB rating of less than 80 outside), and if the Vikings fall behind (IN ANY GAME) they’re screwed cause they can’t pass.

    Woodson, Jordy, Cobb all back for next week. I’d much rather Rodgers and co. face the Vikings than anyone else next week and the last time the Pack had to play a full playoffs they won the Super Bowl.

    Sucks losing to the Vikes, glad AP didn’t break the rushing record, but I’d love to piss on their parade next week in the playoffs. No way they win in Lambeau, no fucking way.

  9. Credible

    Been sayin it all year…run the ball 20 times and we win. Packers had no interest in feeding the ball to Harris who was avg 5 yards a carry. 4 out of the 5 losses this year came when the Packers backs ran the ball less than 20 times. You guys can be optimists all you want but this isn’t much of a playoff team. We barely won games all season that we should have cruised in, 4 out of 5 losses came against playoff teams and 3 of them are in the NFC and the defense if bi-polar, I hope Capers is gone at the end of the year.

    • ay hombre

      I don’t think the offense had much of anything to do with losing this game. This game was lost in the first half due to mismanagement by the coaching staff.

      I don’t know what the fuck was going on in the first half, but especially early on ARodge was getting to the line of scrimmage with like 5 seconds on the play clock. I mean this happened numerous times, resulting in us squandering at least two timeouts because of it. The way in which we pissed away our timeouts probably seemed irrelevant at the time, but how does it look now? If we don’t squander our timeouts in the first half, we can challenge the one play our defense actually made, they rule that deflected pass as incomplete, and suddenly this is a whole new ball game! But no…we fucking slept through the entire first quarter and pissed away timeouts because plays weren’t getting in.

      And make no mistake about it…no matter how much one might respect and even adore coach McCarthy, there is without question, a HEAVY dose of buffoonery running through his veins. He is fucking LUCKY that the refs were already reviewing the call or else that would be the headlines of every major media outlet today and how he cost us the game. He is a good coach who is a fucking buffoon. I have no doubt. You need exhibit B? The fucking braindead lateral on the punt return that gave the Bears hope. Buffoonery….nothing more….nothing less.

      Anyway….this team is done in my opinion. I thought they had something here. I don’t think this team will beat anyone on the road. They’re simply too soft on defense which prior to this game I thought was a memory.

      • Shawn Iltarion

        MM and Rodgers both complained that the refs weren’t getting the ball spotted quickly enough, which is why Rodgers kept running out of time at the line.

        Frankly, the refs looked like replacement refs all game. They were slow to spot the ball, refused to call any penalties, and their call of a fumble on Jones TD was laughable.

        I agree that MM got DAMN lucky on the challenge of that play. Basically, I believe the NFL didn’t want a repeat of D-troi. Frankly, I was shocked MM would be as big of an idiot as Jim Schwartz.

        Regardless, it wasn’t MM refusing to tackle out there. THAT was the difference in the game. The offense scored 34 points.

  10. icebowl

    Ugly game….
    Friggin expected loss – Standard GB pattern of coming out flat week after a big win….

    Good news :
    1) Stopped AP 9 friggin yds. short of record.
    2) Kept Cutlet and Bears out of post season.
    3) D can’t play worse in rematch.
    4) Still have 1/2 bottle of Jack Daniels

  11. icebowl

    Ugly game….
    Friggin expected loss – Standard GB pattern of coming out flat week after a big win….

    Good news :
    1) Stopped AP 9 friggin yds. short of record.
    2) Kept Cutlet and Bears out of post season.
    3) D can’t play worse in rematch.
    4) Still have 1/2 bottle of Jack Daniels

  12. Apeshit

    Tramon Williams is thee biggest pussy faggot on the planet, nice coverage Hayward on 3rd and 11, 3 man rush on 3rd n long!!! Hahahhaha these fucks are done next week or the week after next… Couldn’t be more disappointed.

    • Phatgzus

      Tramon played the worst game Iv’e seen him play in 4 years; his coverage was decent, his tackling was opprobrious, and he had one of the dumbest penalties in Packers’ regular-season history.

      Second worst game of the season by the defense (behind the Giants game), I don’t care what the coaches said, they looked like they didn’t care half the time, the secondary’s lack of respect of Ponder reminded me of the Steelers’ for Tebow last year. The only player that showed up on D were Raji and Hayward (and he made maybe THE biggest mistake of the game); Matthews had one sack and a couple pressures and good run stops (one negated by a penalty, I think Tramon’s), but he got pancaked by Kalil on the last run that set up the easy FG.

    • PackAttack

      My god — can Viking fans get any worse? You can’t run your mouth one week and run and hide the next. Where were you a month ago when the Pack handed the Vag-Queens their ass?

      Wake up man, your the sixth seed making the playoffs for the first time since ’09. You have ZERO titles, the worst QB in the NFL and you’ve yet to win a game outside this year!

      New Orleans? We both know that city hasn’t been kind to you but we don’t need to re-live that again now do we?

      With your offense it’s impossible for your to play with Atlanta, Washington and Seattle — even if you do win your playing on the road in EVERY FUCKING GAME! The odds of the Vikings making the AFC Title Game are 1,000 to 1.

      Just be grateful Tramon Williams and MD Jennings were nice enough to add 75 additional yards of total offense onto your stalled drives and enjoy your win while it lasts. But I wanna see you on here next week signing the same BS tune once Woodson and Cobb are back.

      You know what’s frickin hilarious, Percy Harivin doesn’t even wanna play for that team he wants nothing to do with Frazier or that team — speaks volumes for how poorly managed that shit-hole team is. Can’t wait til you get that out door stadium too — it’s really done your Twins well playing outside with the big boys!

      Enjoy your week faggot!

  13. Andy

    man they really shit the bed on this one, and i was really thinking the defence looked sharp the last few weeks. Its inexcusable giving up 3 tds to ponder. Some people are of the mind that this is a good thing, the bye obviously didnt help last year. The thought of playing peterson again is not good. I would have prefered to have SF and min beat each other up then get back on them at home. At least the possibility of having to go to seattle is out the window.

    • PackAttack

      So who would you rather have played in the 1st Round? Dallas, NY, Seattle, Washington? The Vikings are trash! I’m sorry, one win doesn’t make a juggernaut out of anemic offense with one weapon. They’ve yet to win outside this year, Ponder came into that game with a QB rating less than 80, they have no talented receivers, their defense just got exploited WITHOUT RANDALL COBB! It’s one fucking game, the NFL has been crazy weird like that this year — who fucking cares! This is the best opponent to play in the 1st Round and another chance to house these Viking faggots in a game that actually matters.

      The line for next week game is already favoring GB by 8. Ponder has never won on the road, never won outside, never played in the playoffs going up against Lambeau and the reigning NFL MVP — my god.

      TAKE AWAY AP! – Hit the air early, get up on the Queens and take away the running game and force them to pass. When they get down early they panic and collapse — it’s their M.O. They have AP, that’s it!

      Your right, the bye did absolutely nothing a year ago, what reason is there to think it wouldn’t do any different this year?

      • Landfill

        Ponder has never won on the road? Try again. Just won in Houston last week and the week before in St. Louis. Not that it’s worth anything but just thought I’d correct you.

  14. And, as just about everybody predicted, the Fail Mary loss in Seattle in week three is still a haunt. Had we not been screwed over then, our playoff position would be quite different. We knew the moment that game was taken away from us the playoff implications would extend clear to week 17 and beyond.

  15. ay hombre

    Anyone want to question Monty calling McCarthy a buffoon this week? After demonstrating fully that his players know the rules better than McCarthy does, I think the moniker stays. What an embarrassment.

    • Ryan

      Here. McCarthy throwing the challenge flag was a totally moronic thing to do. He should know better. Not only did that happen in Detroit, as chronicled here, but he got flagged for it in the preseason as well.

      HOWEVER, that doesn’t seal his fate as a buffoon. He made an emotional decision. It was wrong. We all do this- including players, coaches, etc. MM is far from perfect, but he’s a damn good coach and whatever he is doing is working. We are in the playoffs, right? For the 4th straight year, right?

  16. ay hombre

    I don’t think the offense had much of anything to do with losing this game. This game was lost in the first half due to mismanagement by the coaching staff.

    I don’t know what the fuck was going on in the first half, but especially early on ARodge was getting to the line of scrimmage with like 5 seconds on the play clock. I mean this happened numerous times, resulting in us squandering at least two timeouts because of it. The way in which we pissed away our timeouts probably seemed irrelevant at the time, but how does it look now? If we don’t squander our timeouts in the first half, we can challenge the one play our defense actually made, they rule that deflected pass as incomplete, and suddenly this is a whole new ball game! But no…we fucking slept through the entire first quarter and pissed away timeouts because plays weren’t getting in.

    And make no mistake about it…no matter how much one might respect and even adore coach McCarthy, there is without question, a HEAVY dose of buffoonery running through his veins. He is fucking LUCKY that the refs were already reviewing the call or else that would be the headlines of every major media outlet today and how he cost us the game. He is a good coach who is a fucking buffoon. I have no doubt. You need exhibit B? The fucking braindead lateral on the punt return that gave the Bears hope. Buffoonery….nothing more….nothing less.

    Anyway….this team is done in my opinion. I thought they had something here. I don’t think this team will beat anyone on the road. They’re simply too soft on defense which prior to this game I thought was a memory.

  17. nurseratchett

    Listening to Rodgers press conference, he blames his fumble for the loss….

    The defense was atorcious. When the offense scores 34 points, you ought to be able to win.

    I effing HATE the Vikings. I want their collective asses handed to them Saturday. I don’t just want a win, I want them PUNISHED.

    GO PACK GO!

    • Ed Gein

      He’s a classy team leader. Everyone knows he did a lot more good things than bad. The only thing the offense was guilty of was not controlling the ball the first quarter, which set their worse then average defense up for failure.

  18. Packer Bob

    Great teams find ways to win. Forget about this lose and focus on the next game. If our defense can’t make the proper adjustments then the Vikings will beat us again and prove to everyone they we are not a great team.

  19. Wisconsinbleedspurple

    Our team is superior to your franchise and organization at this point. Prepare for us to win many championships! SKOL VIKINGS! eat shit fudge packer fans, and ill bet you 500 dollars we gonna beat that ass

    • brad

      Please put the crack pipe down, it’s making you look rather foolish in front of your hamms drinking, mouth drooling cohorts. BTW, how many championships/super bowls do the Queens have? Zero? Is that correct? ZERO??? Muahahahahaha!!!

  20. Chris Restivo

    Brad come talk shit to me bitch. Your fanbase is gay, and your team resembles a gay night club. We own that ASS

    • Gene

      Oh man, you got us. I drove by a gay night club the other day and I was all like “Weird, that building looks like a professional football team! In fact, my favorite professional football team the Green Bay Packers!” And sure enough, Chris hit the nail on the head. Somehow, our team of players (if you squint) looks like a building that houses a nightclub that caters to a homosexual clientele. Awesome burn, man. And now I am so mad that I will definitely travel to the Baltimore area to fight you. I don’t have Facebook, so lets set this up right here.

      • Gene

        Dude, I just forwarded your line to all of the guys at the office. Everyone is rolling! I think it’s gonna go viral. It’s that clever, that funny.

        Back to the fight. First, I’ll need to stay over night. I want to book a hotel, but I guess it should be close to where it all goes down. Your backyard or something like a Chili’s Parking lot? Where should I look to book a room. Thanks!

        • Gene

          Chris, I’m sorry. But I can’t stop thinking about that burn. It’s genius! Seriously, seriously… it’s hilarious. Promise me that you’ll call up Jim Rome this week and roll that one out. Our team looks like a gay night club. Too good.

          Don’t forget – I need hotel recommendations for our fight date. You’re going down!

          • Gene

            Chris, what are you going to wear for the fight? I was thinking shirtless with boots and snowmobile pants. If you’re open to suggestions, I think you should go knee high socks, one of those Viking hates with the horns and the blonde braids (SOOOOO cool BTW) and an oversized black leather Vikings jacket. And nothing else. You will look so hard, bro. Almost like a real Viking!

          • Gene

            One quick note that you should keep in mind for when we fight. I’ll start with some light slapping and then elbows to the ribs. That’s my technique. HOWEVER, if we start grappling and fall to the ground I’M JUST SAYING that I CAN’T guarantee that I won’t become aroused. If that happens I am no longer in control of my emotions and I may try to kiss your chest, but nothing on the lips cuz I’m not gay.

            BTW we should have your dad videotape this and put it on YouTube. I bet it will get lots of hits!

            FIGHT! FIGHT! Let’s FIGHT CHRIS!

  21. Chris Restivo

    We will set this up you lil dick riding faggot. My team has superior ownership, a better coach, and the best Running Back EVER. WHat do you got again?

    • Gene

      Totally! Your superior ownership patches that collapsed roof right quick! Leslie Frazier has won MANY SuperBowls!

      What do we have again? Have we won any Superbowls before? NFL Championships? How many Division Championships have we won? Who is our current QB again?

      Can you look this stuff up for me Chris? Preferably before we tussle.

      Fight! Fight! #letsfightchris

      • Gene

        Chris have you checked with your dad yet to see if he can tape our man fight? I will bring one of those Viking hats with the blonde braids in case you don’t have one. Super pumped to fight Chris!

  22. Chris Restivo

    Frazier won two superbowls, once with the 85 Bears and then with the Colts in 06. Lil bitch wrong again. How many does Fatboy McCarthy got? LOL that dudes dumb as shit.

  23. Chris Restivo

    Whatever Gene, I do my own thing and make bank son. I was poppin bottles in hot tubs when I was 16, and what were you doin at that age bitch?

  24. Gene

    Chris! I am in Baltimore. Do you know the Chili’s on Honeygo Blvd.? If I’m not in the parking lot just check inside. Might have some ribs before you and me get it on.

    Also, can you look up how many Superbowls Frazier has won as a HEAD COACH for the VIKINGS? Just double check for me since I am often wrong.

    Then look up how many Green Bay has won and then crosscheck with the total amount the Vikings have won.

    And since you asked, I was popping bottles in hot tubs at 15! Can you believe that? But look man, a quick glance at your Facebook profile and it’s pretty obvious that whatever you thing is has made you very, very wealthy. No one would ever mistake you for a chili-stained trailer trash Viking fan because you are obviously extremely successful and very, very rich. Congrats! Let’s fight!

    • Ashley

      Chris, did Gene ever show up and fight with you? I’m his wife and the last I heard from him he was driving towards Baltimore on monday. Can you check the Chili’s for me? Maybe he’s still there? Thanks.

  25. Vijay

    It took a monumental effort for the Vikes to eke one out against the Packers. Clearly, the Packers D did not come to play their best football. Yes, injuries are part of that but as I saw it, if the Packers gave maybe 20% more effort on defense, they would’ve been the ones escaping with a victory. The troubling thing that was revealed is that we still don’t have a competent replacement to Nick Collins leadership in the back end and we have very avg. depth across our D Line. Looks like Ted may have missed on a few of the defensive draft reaches. Oops.

  26. Vijay

    This team is simply not physical on defense—AT ALL. And due to injuries, they are not able to protect the best QB in the game. They will beat the Queens in the rematch at Lambeau but that’s it. They cannot and will not beat the 49ers and the Seahawks or Falcons in back to back weeks on the road. They will not because Ted sucks at player evaluations and can’t build us a tough, physical team on either side of the ball. They played scared and will play that way from here on out because that’s who and what they are. There are no huge Richard Sherman, Browner safeties here, there are no San Fran LBs here, there are no Vince Wilforks here…just a bunch of athletic “dudes” who can’t play physical–that won’t get it done 4 weeks in a row, let alone 2 in the playoffs.

  27. Crash

    I’d just like to say that the Chris Restivo / Gene back-and-forth was the funniest thing I’ve read online in weeks. Fucking great.

    GO PACK.

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