WHEN: 2 P.M. Friday
WHERE: Metrodome in Minneapolis
OPENING LINE: Vikings by 3.
LAST WEEK: The Packers lost at frigid Lambeau Field to the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-25. The Vikings beat Detroit 28-27 when the Lions botched the game-tying extra point.
PACKERS OFFENSE: OVERALL (4), RUSH (10), PASS (3)
PACKERS DEFENSE: OVERALL (25), RUSH (17), PASS (25)
VIKINGS OFFENSE: OVERALL (3), RUSH (15), PASS (2)
VIKINGS DEFENSE: OVERALL (29), RUSH (23), PASS (27)
SERIES RECORD: Packers lead 43-42-1.
LAST MEETING: The Packers beat the Vikings 34-31 on Nov. 14 on a last-second field goal by Ryan Longwell. The victory allowed the Packers, once 1-4, to catch the Vikings for first place in the NFC North at 5-4.
From there, the Packers marched for the winning points. On second-and-10, Brett Favre found running back Tony Fisher for 25 yards to the Vikings' 29. A short pass to Bubba Franks and a 7-yard run by Ahman Green set up Longwell's 33-yard field goal as time expired.
The Packers led 31-17 when the Vikings got the ball with 8:49 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Vikings got back into the game with a 16-play, 86-yard scoring drive capped by a 2-yard touchdown pass from Daunte Culpepper. Still, with the drive taking nearly six minutes off the clock, the Packers seemed in good shape to hang on when they took possession with 2:50 remaining. Instead, the Packers went three-and-out and the Vikings were back on the attack 32 seconds later.
On second down after the two-minute warning, Culpepper hit Nate Burleson for a 40-yard catch and run, and on the next play Culpepper connected with running back Mo Williams for the 17-yard score.
The Packers held leads of 24-10 and 31-17. Ahman Green's 145-yard day led a Packers ground game that tallied 206 yards. Favre, meanwhile, completed nearly 70 percent of his passes for 236 yards and four touchdowns. Without Randy Moss, Culpepper threw for 363 yards and four touchdowns.