Just how badly did the Vikings get dominated Sunday at Lambeau Field? We have 35 notes to show the carnage.
It would be hard to pick a game in which the Vikings have been more dominated than they were Sunday in their 34-0 blowout loss to the Green Bay Packers
. One would probably have to go back to the 2000 NFC Championship Game when they were overwhelmed 41-0 by the Giants. But at least in that game, it was over quickly. Sunday's loss was like Chinese water torture, as the Packers ground the Vikings down to a nub all day.
How long had it been since the Vikings were shut out in the regular season? So long ago that Brett Favre
was a rookie with the Atlanta Falcons and Adrian Peterson
was five years old.
The last time a team shut out the Vikings was a 26-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints Sept. 22, 1991. Since then, the Vikings franchise has played 260 games, in which they have scored at least three points in each of them.
The domination Sunday was complete, but, coming off an emotional win over the Chargers a week earlier in which the Vikings and A.P. set records for rushing yards, there was nothing positive to come out of this one. Brooks Bollinger
's first start as a Viking was nothing short of hideous and, while last week may have been the high point of the coaching career of Brad Childress, Sunday's loss had to be the lowest of the low points. The loss puts the magic number to just one for the Vikings to be eliminated from division title contention. But, anyone who saw Sunday's game would have to admit that was a reach to begin with.
The Vikings got a huge scare when Adrian Peterson went down in the second half clutching his right knee. At first it appeared as if he was going to be taken off the field on a cart, but he remained on the sideline and put a protective sleeve over his knee as if there was a momentary thought to send him back into the game. He will have a MRI done on the knee to see if there was any structural damage done on the play.
The time of possession was as ugly as it could possibly be. The Packers held the ball for 40 minutes, 40 seconds of the game – 19:59 in the first half and 20:41 of the second half.
The Packers' scoring came on drives of 12, 13, 13, 9, 10 and 9 plays each.
The Packers dominated just about every statistical category, starting with the number of plays. Green Bay ran 80 offensive plays, as opposed to just 44 by the Vikings. The Packers had 29 first downs, as opposed to 11 for Minnesota and had 488 total yards (120 rushing, 368 passing), while the Vikings had just 247 (86 rushing, 161 passing).
The Packers converted 11 of 17 third-down attempts, but on two of the six they failed to convert, they ended up converting on fourth down. The Vikings were 0-for-8 on third-down conversion attempts.
Ryan Longwell's day was the most limited it possibly could be. Of all the plays during the game, the only play in which Longwell was on the field was the second-half kickoff.
Favre won the 100th game of his career at Lambeau Field and sits just four behind the all-time home winning record currently held by John Elway. To put that number into perspective, only three quarterbacks – Elway, Favre and Dan Marino – have more than 75 career victories at home.
Favre finished the game completing 33 of 46 passes for 351 yards and three touchdowns. While he has had four straight 300-yard games against the Vikings at the Metrodome, this was his first 300-yard passing game against Minnesota at Lambeau Field since 1999.
Ryan Grant was the rushing star of the day with 25 carries for 119 yards and one touchdown. However, after a monster first quarter, he gained just 38 yards on his final 17 rushes of the game.
Favre spread the ball around amazingly, completing passes to 10 different receivers. Grant and Koren Robinson led the way with five catches each, and Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, Ruvell Martin and Donald Lee had four catches each.
Thanks to being so far behind, Brooks Bollinger's numbers didn't look as horrible at game's end as they did for most of the contest. He completed 16 of 26 passes for 176 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.
Peterson managed just 45 yards on 11 carries – his worst single-game total as a pro – before being sidelined with his right knee injury in the third quarter.
Thanks to a 23-yard run and a 50-yard reception, Chester Taylor was the Vikings' total yardage leader with 96 – 37 rushing on three carries and 59 receiving on two catches.
Robert Ferguson led the Vikings with six catches for 59 yards – all of them coming in the second half.
Troy Williamson's return to the team didn't include any receptions, but he had three kickoff returns.
E.J. Henderson led the defense with 11 tackles, but more troubling was that three players from the secondary – Cedric Griffin (8), Marcus McCauley (7) and Dwight Smith (7) – were the next in line for tackle totals.
Prior to Sunday, the last seven games between the Vikings and Packers had been decided by a total of 39 points. That number took a significant hit Sunday.
The Packers may have suffered a serious blow in the second half when veteran tackle Mark Tauscher suffered a knee injury that took him out of the game.
From the "Insult to Injury: Department comes this: On Favre's final touchdown of the game, Cedric Griffin looked to have the ball intercepted, but he got bowled over by Darren Sharper and the ball bounced into the waiting arms of Martin for a touchdown.
Favre's 351 yards marked the sixth time in the last seven games that he has thrown for 300 yards or more.
The Vikings had a chance to put points on the board late, but a pass to Mewelde Moore at the 4-yard line went off his hands and was intercepted by Charles Woodson.
With 2:06 remaining in the third quarter, Ferguson caught his first pass of the game – the first reception by a Vikings wide receiver or tight end during the game. Less than a minute later, Peterson would injure his knee making a reception of his own.
The Packers picked up something on the Vikings' defensive tendencies. Favre threw four shovel passes behind the line of scrimmage to his running backs.
Grant went over 100 yards rushing on the Packers' first drive of the second half – the first running back this season to top 100 yards against a Vikings defense that has faced the likes of LaDainian Tomlinson, Larry Johnson and Brian Westbrook.
At halftime, the Packers' domination was just as complete as it was at game's end. In the first half, Green Bay had a 247-67 advantage in total yards, including a time of possession edge of 19:59 to 10:01 and a passing-yardage edge of 155-7.
In the first half, Bollinger completed just three of six passes for seven yards. Peterson was the leading rusher with 45 yards on nine carries and had two catches for three yards.
Favre completed 20 of 31 passes in the first half for 155 yards, while Grant had 92 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. Favre completed passes to 10 different receivers in the first half alone.
How bad did things go for the Vikings in the first half? On a third-and-10 play, Henderson came unblocked on Favre, who somehow slipped away from him and completed a 9-yard pass late in the half that would lead to a field goal and give the Packers a 13-0 halftime lead.
Favre's 19-yard completion to Driver late in the first half put him over 60,000 passing yards for his career.
In the first quarter, it didn't look as though Favre would have the huge passing day he ended up with. He completed five of 11 passes while Grant ran eight times for 81 yards and a touchdown.
The Vikings were all A.P. in the first quarter. He had seven carries for 36 yards and caught Bollinger's only completion in three first-quarter passes – good for just two yards.
Grant accounted for 61 yards on the Packers' first drive, rushing three times for 49 yards and catching two passes for 12 more.
Grant's 30-yard touchdown was the longest run of the season allowed by the Vikings defense.
Marcus McCauley got his second career start after the Vikings made Antoine Winfield inactive for the second straight game.
Favre made his 246th consecutive start Sunday.