Pro football writer Peter King of Sports Illustrated gave Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers his coach of the week award for the way Adrian Peterson was bottled up in Saturday night’s playoff game.
Peterson still managed to rush for 99 yards on 22 carries, but the Vikings never posed a threat offensively and didn’t score a touchdown until the final 4 minutes of the game.
“Capers designed a scheme to clog the end-to-end area and prevent him from getting around the right end, which is his favorite place to run,” writes King.
Capers met with reporters on Sunday and talked about the Packers’ game plan against Peterson.
“After viewing the tape, we were obviously more pleased with the way we played the run,” said Capers. “I thought our guys really did a nice job of learning from our game up there, the last game we played them, in terms of we felt we played extremely hard and aggressive, and sometimes the aggressiveness hurt us as much as it helped us.
“ When you're playing against a back like Peterson, he's got the rare ability to move into the pocket and, if the point of attack is clogged up, he'll hesitate. Guys have a tendency to want to get to the ball, and that's when he makes his yardage, spilling the ball outside if you don't set the edge.
“ I thought we did a much better job of that (Saturday) night. There were a number of plays where we had the same type of defense at the point of attack, but yet our backside people, we were more patient in holding our gap control. I thought that was a big factor in the game, so I thought our guys did a nice job of learning from one week to the next and we went out and applied it.”