NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs for a 19-yard touchdown in the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
8 a.m. ET: Two down and one to go, but this one’s going to be big.
The Vikings and Packers split their season series with each side taking their respective home game. Minnesota fought their way into the playoffs behind the churning legs of Adrian Peterson last week. Now, the two are set for a rematch in cold and windy Green Bay.
Peterson may not have broken Eric Dickerson’s rushing record in Week 17 — though he got very close — but he did gain 199 yards against a porous Packers run defense, giving him 409 yards on the ground in their two meetings this season. His continued success against their defense should be a major concern heading into round three.
There is help on the way for the Packers’ defense, though, as Charles Woodson (broken clavicle) is set to make his return to the field for the first time since Week 7. His presence should help slow down Christian Ponder, who threw for three touchdowns against the Pack in Week 17.
While Peterson has set the standard in the rivalry this season, Aaron Rodgers has performed just as well against the Vikings’ defense, throwing for over 600 yards and five touchdowns in the two meetings. Both can be expected to have breakout games once again tonight, but the better performance might ultimately determine the winner.
There’s plenty to look forward to in this one, as two of the NFL’s most dynamic players get set to square off. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m., but be sure to keep up with the live blog right here for all your news, notes and analysis throughout the day.
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