Packers-Vikings game notes

Defense smothers Peterson; injury report; Favre surpasses milestones

Needless to say, the Green Bay Packers were ready for Adrian Peterson. The rookie entered the game as the league's leading rusher, then left Lambeau Field on cart after sustaining a sprained knee late in the third quarter.

Peterson finished with 45 yards rushing and caught three passes for 14 yards. A week earlier against the San Diego Chargers, Peterson set a NFL record with 296 yards rushing in Minnesota's victory over the San Diego Chargers.

"I think we did pretty good," said Packers defensive tackle Ryan Pickett. "I feel like we were aggressive. They had kind of a different attack than what we were expecting. They (were) blocking differently than we thought they would. But we knew they were going to come out and establish the run. And we felt like if we could stop the run, we could win the game."

The Packers knew that they would have to play well as a team to slow down Peterson, and everyone contributed at various times to stop the rookie sensation. Linebackers A.J. Hawk and Nick Barnett led the defense with 7 and 5 tackles, respectively. Rookie safety Aaron Rouse, filling in for the injured Nick Collins, and safety Atari Bigby each had four tackles.

"A guy that came off the NFL record last week, and to shut him down to 60 yards, that says a lot about our defense," Rouse said. "To go out there and score 30-some points, that says a lot about our offense. They have a good game going, and our special teams definitely contributed today, and we have to keep it going."

The Vikings were 0-for-8 on third down conversions and 0-3 on fourth-down conversions.

Favre hits more milestones
-- Brett Favre passed for 351 yards on Sunday against the Vikings, raising his career total to 60,257 yards, only the second quarterback in NFL history to reach the 60,000-yard plateau. Dan Marino holds the NFL record with 61,361 yards passing.

-- With three touchdown passes, Favre now has 61 games with at least three TD passes, one game behind Marino's (62) NFL record.

-- With today's 351 passing yards, Favre recorded his 54th career 300-yard passing game.

-- In his 246th consecutive start, Favre extended the single-stadium touchdown pass record with his 200th career TD pass at Lambeau Field on a 1-yard pass to Donald Lee. Favre now has 202 touchdown passes at Lambeau Field.

Injury report
Offensive tackle Mark Tauscher sustained an ankle injury in the third quarter and did not return. Coach Mike McCarthy said that Tauscher could have returned, but he was replaced by Daryn Colledge, who moved from left guard to right tackle. Rookie Allen Barbre stepped in to play left guard.

Defensive end Cullen Jenkins injured his knee, according to McCarthy. The severity of the injury was not immediately known.

Did not suit up
The following players did not suit up for the Packers: WR Shaun Bodiford, CB Will Blackmon, S Nick Collins, LB Desmond Bishop, T Tony Moll, TE Bubba Franks, DT Justin Harrell, and DT Daniel Muir.

The following players did not suit up for the Vikings: WR Sidney Rice, S Mike Doss, CB Antoine Winfield, FB Naufahu Tahi, TE Garrett Mills, T Chase Johnson, and DE Jayme Mitchell. Kelly Holcomb was the designated third quarterback.

Extra points
? The 70,945 fans who attended the game marked the largest regular season crowd in Lambeau Field history.

? Green Bay improves to 8-1 for the first time since 2002 with the win over the Vikings. The margin of victory is Green Bay's largest since Oct. 9, 2005, when the Packers defeated New Orleans 52-3. The last time Green Bay shut out its opponent was with a 10-0 win over Buffalo, Dec. 22, 2002.

? Sunday's game between the Packers and Vikings was the 94th meeting between the two clubs, and also the first time the Packers shut out the Vikings in the series.

? Green Bay won its fourth straight against the Vikings for the first time since the 1987-88 seasons.

? Former Packers wide receiver Robert Ferguson led the Vikings with six catches for 59 yards – all in the second half.

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