Packers believe they have blueprint for Peterson
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Next game: Saturday, January 5th in NFC wildcard playoffs vs. Minnesota
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GREEN BAY - The Packers wear green, but make no mistake, it's a man donning a purple outfit that's the Green and Gold's kryptonite.
If the Packers want to move on to San Francisco, they'll need to slow down number 28 in order to beat Minnesota.
That is, just six days after Adrian Peterson torched them for 199 yards.
"Second time in a row playing him, he's a tough back," said defensive lineman Ryan Pickett. "But we have to go out, make tackles, put them in 3rd and long situations and keep them off the field."
It may sound far fetched but the Packers feel they weren't too far off from slowing down the NFL's top rusher last weekend.
"The effort was there," said safety Morgan Burnett. "You could see it on film 11 guys getting to the ball. But now we have to take it to another level, which is guys holding their leverage, not being nosy and trusting your next guy will be there to help."
The over-aggressiveness is something the Packers will look to leave behind in Minnesota.
"[Peterson] took advantage of that, so we'll be more aware of that this week and hopefully the 3rd time is the charm," linebacker Clay Matthews said.
"I don't know what you do in 6 days, but we have to get more hats to the ball," said Pickett. "When we have opportunities to get him down we have to get him down. It's as simple as that."
The Packers have won a game this year where Peterson has gone off, but can they do it again?
"We ain't giving up 200 [yards] again. We have to do a better job. Offense puts up 34 points, we can't give up 37. We'll do a better job this weekend," said Matthews.
Saturday will be the first time the Packers and Vikings have ever faced each other with both teams having 10 or more wins.