GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Packers were confident they were going to stop Adrian Peterson in Saturday's playoff rematch with the Minnesota Vikings. Based on the results of the two regular-season games against the NFL's best running back, that seemed like a long shot.
But, with improved tackling and better gap control, the Packers held Peterson who had 409 rushing yards combined in the teams' first two meetings -- to 99 yards in a 24-10 victory over their NFC North rival.
"You can't really help what happened in the past," nose tackle B.J. Raji said. "All you can do is take advantage of the moment and the opportunity that you're presented. We stepped up in a big way and we stopped a great player."
That was not the case a week earlier when Peterson's 199 rushing yards almost single-handedly gave the Vikings a spot in the postseason and destroyed Green Bay's expectation of a first-round bye.
"We were confident because we came back in and watched the film," cornerback Casey Hayward said...