Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson runs past Green Bay Packers cornerback Davon House during Sunday's game at Lambeau Field. Lukas Keapproth/Press Gazette Media
Most offensive plays in a Packers-Vikings regular-season game.
|168||Nov. 24, 2013||T, 26-26|
|161||Nov. 26, 1978||T, 10-10|
|147||Nov. 11, 1984||GB, 45-17|
|147||Sept. 6, 1992||MIN, 23-20|
|147||Oct. 22, 1995||GB, 38-21|
|145||Nov. 21, 1976||MIN, 17-10|
|144||Oct. 23, 1983||MIN, 20-17|
|143||Oct. 26, 1980||GB, 16-3|
Records fell at Lambeau Field like arm tacklers cast aside by hard-charging running backs.
Adrian Peterson, Eddie Lacy and others were in fine form for much of four quarters Sunday.
But even with an additional 15 minutes, the ground games of the Vikings and the Packers — as effective as they were — had to settle for leading a charge to the record book rather than to victory.
Green Bay and Minnesota battled for 3 hours, 54 minutes in the latest chapter of the rivalry that dates to 1961. Each team kicked a field goal in overtime and settled for a 26-26 tie.
Only once before had the two finished in a dead heat. On Nov. 26, 1978, a late fourth-quarter pass from Fran Tarkenton to Ahmad Rashad pulled the Vikings into a 10-10 tie, a score that held up despite an extra period of play.
But not that game or any other in this series featured as much offense as the display that saw Peterson, Lacy and Toby Gerhart combine for more than 300 yards rushing. No fewer than a half-dozen records were set in a game in which a Packers’ win would have thrust them into a first-place tie with the Bears and Lions atop the NFC North Division.
The marks that were established on this cold afternoon, then, are of little consolation. But they provide some insight into the long, drawn-out affair that was the 105th regular-season meeting between these adversaries.
Many of these records were set with the benefit of overtime. All apply to the Green Bay-Minnesota regular-season rivalry.
One can expect a lot of plays in a game spanning nearly four hours. The Packers got off 89 for 494 yards while the Vikings ran 79 for 447.
The 89 by Green Bay was a record, breaking the mark of 80 set in a 34-0 win over the Vikings in November 2007. Minnesota three times has run more than 79 plays against the Packers.
Combined, the output of both teams soared to new heights.
The 168 plays the two ran was seven better than the 161 that occurred in the overtime contest of 35 years ago. The 941 yards exceeded the 876 of Christmas Eve 2004.
As one might expect, first downs were plentiful.
The 30 the Packers earned were a record, while the 58 the two amassed toppled the previous best of 51 set on two occasions.
The running game also broke new ground.
While the 24 combined first downs rushing only tied the existing mark (set in 1966), the 428 yards the two produced bettered the standard-bearing 392 that were generated in the first meeting last season.
Peterson led the way with 146 yards rushing. Lacy was second with 110.
It was the second-most rushing yards (256) by a Viking and a Packer in the same game. Only Darrin Nelson (146) and Eddie Lee Ivery (111) had more (257), those coming in Green Bay’s 27-17 win in 1985.
Don’t forget Gerhart. He slashed his way to 91 yards on only eight carries.
He and Peterson teamed for 237 yards. It’s the second most by a Vikings duo, trailing the 238 put up by Peterson (210) and quarterback Christian Ponder (28) in Minnesota’s 23-14 loss last season.
So many plays, so much yardage and no winner.
That had to be especially tough for Green Bay which was laboring to make up a 16-point hole early in the fourth quarter after Blair Walsh kicked a 29-yard field goal.
Had Green Bay prevailed, its comeback would have been its greatest against Minnesota, bettering the 14-point deficit it overcame to beat the Vikings 35-23 on Nov. 29, 1981.