Peterson held in check vs Packers

January, 6, 2013
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Andrew Weber/USA TODAY SportsThe Packers held Adrian Peterson to 99 rushing yards.
One week made a huge difference for the Green Bay Packers in containing Adrian Peterson.

Based on how Peterson shredded up the Packers defense during the regular season – he had 409 rushing yards in two games, including 199 a week ago – stopping Peterson seemed like an uphill battle for the Packers.

But the Packers found a way to force the Vikings to beat them through the air. And that became an even tougher battle for Minnesota when Joe Webb was named the starting quarterback in place of Christian Ponder before the game.

Adrian Peterson

Peterson rushed for 32 yards after contact after combining for 230 yards after contact in two regular season meetings against Green Bay. The Packers defense was able to limit Peterson partly because they put more defenders in the box than in the teams’ first two games. Green Bay limited Peterson to 23 yards and 3.3 yards per carry when it put eight or more defenders in the box Saturday.

Peterson was held to 20 rushing yards outside the tackles while gaining four yards after contact on such rushes. In his first two games against the Packers this season, Peterson had 205 rushing yards outside the tackles, including four rushes of 20-plus yards in Week 17.

Joe Webb

Webb failed to complete his first nine attempts at least 15 yards downfield, with eight of nine incompletions due to off-target throws. His first completion of that distance came with 3:39 left in the game when the Packers were winning by 21 points. Webb’s 28.0 completion percentage was the worst on such throws since he entered the league in 2010 (minimum 15 attempts).

The Packers defense was able to put Webb under duress on 12 of his 38 (32 percent) dropbacks. Webb was 0-of-7 with an interception and was sacked three times when under pressure. His seven pass attempts under duress without a completion are tied for the most in a game this season (Mark Sanchez – Week 8 vs. Dolphins, Tom Brady – Week 16 vs. Jaguars).

Webb was the first player in NFL history to start a postseason game after not attempting a single pass during the regular season (according to the Elias Sports Bureau).

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers saw four or fewer pass rushers on 30 of 38 (79 percent) dropbacks, and completed 21 of 28 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown against such pressure, continuing a season-long dominance against the Vikings standard pass rush. In his three matchups against the Vikings this season, Rodgers completed nearly 80 percent of his passes against standard pressure, and fewer than half of his attempts when Minnesota sent an extra pass rusher, including 2-of-5 Saturday with three sacks.

Rodgers earned his first postseason win at Lambeau Field, becoming the first Packers quarterback not named Brett Favre to win a playoff game at Lambeau since Lynn Dickey in 1982.

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