A Look Into the History of the Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers Rivalry
The Purple and Gold versus the Pack. The Cheeseheads versus The Purple People Eaters. It seems like there's always been a huge rivalry between the NFL's Minnesota Vikings and the Packers of Green Bay.
The history of the team's clashes dates back to 1961 when the Minnesota Vikings entered the NFL. The first meeting was on October 22, 1961, with the Packers winning 33-7. The Packers won the first nine of ten meetings between the two teams with the lone Vikings victory taking place in 1964.
The two teams have consistently battled with neither team finding a true long-term winning streak. Green Bay's longest winning streak is the initial six games that were played from 1961-1964. Minnesota's longest streak is seven games that stretched between 1975-1978. Minnesota's streak was broken due to a tie game in 1978. Ever since then, the longest winning streak for either side is five in a row.
Speaking of ties, outside of the one in 1978 that ended 10-10, Minnesota and Green Bay tied only one other time. In 2013, the Vikings and Packers game at Lambeau Field ended 26-26 after overtime was played.
Green Bay and Minnesota in the NFL Playoffs
Playoff games between the two teams are just as uncommon as tie games. Green Bay and Minnesota have played twice in the playoffs and both times took place after the turn of the millennium.
Minnesota won the first meeting in 2004 behind Randy Moss and Daunte Culpepper, while Green Bay took the second meeting in 2012. Both playoff games were in the NFL Wild Card Round.
Green Bay or Minnesota, the Overall Series Record
Entering the 2021 season, Green Bay holds the overall series record at 63-55-2. The Vikings and Packers will meet twice again in the 2021 regular season, November 21 and January 2 (Vikings 2021 Schedule).
- 11/01/2020: Minnesota Vikings 28 - Green Bay Packers 22
- 09/13/2020: Green Bay Packers 43 - Minnesota Vikings 34
- 12/23/2019: Green Bay Packers 23 - Minnesota Vikings 10
- 09/15/2019: Minnesota Vikings 16 - Green Bay Packers 21
- 11/25/2018: Green Bay Packers 17 - Minnesota Vikings 24
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