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NFL Playoffs Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers: Start Time

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers NFC Wildcard Playoff: 1/5/13 Mitch's Free NFL Pick Against the Spread Free Football Picks

The 2012/13 NFL Playoffs are here and we will see the Minnesota Vikings travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers. The game will take place on Saturday and have a start time of 8:00 PM (Eastern).

Just six days after an instant classic in the regular-season finale, the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings will meet in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday night. The Vikings used a last-second field goal to steal the win on Sunday at home and grab the final wild-card spot in the NFC. This time, the Packers will have the home field advantage as the No. 3 seed and NFC North champion.

Adrian Peterson came just 27 feet short of achieving a spectacular personal goal but the MVP candidate didn't let his team fall short of anything, lifting the Minnesota Vikings back into the postseason for the first time in three years with his latest superlative effort. Peterson fell just nine yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson's NFL record for most rushing yards in a season, but still put up 199 on a career-best 34 carries while scoring two touchdowns to help the Vikings earn the postseason berth with a thrilling 37-34 last-second victory over the Green Bay Packers in Week 17. Peterson's final rush last Sunday -- a 26-yard burst to the Green Bay 11 with three seconds remaining -- set up Blair Walsh's 29-yard field goal which snapped a 34-34 deadlock and earned Minnesota the conference's No. 6 seed after closing out the regular season with four straight wins.

The Green Bay Packers won the NFC North but they had a chance to make their road to the Super Bowl easier with a win in week 17 but they couldn’t get it done against this same Vikings team. The Packers took the long road to the Super Bowl two years ago and won it all so don’t look for the Packers’ confidence to be shaken in any way. Green Bay did not have the same motivation as Minnesota last week, with the Packers' postseason spot already assured. They could have earned a first-round bye with a victory, but the “win or go home” mentality that will be there this week was not on display in Minneapolis. Rodgers is working with a battered receiving corps with Randall Cobb (ankle) questionable and Jordy Nelson (hamstring) limited. Greg Jennings caught a pair of touchdown passes last week in his best game of the season and could get a lot more attention from the Minnesota secondary on Saturday.

Minnesota is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games, 5-2 against the spread following a cover, and 5-2 against the spread after allowing less than 90 rushing yards in their previous game. Green Bay is 4-1 against the spread in their last five playoff games, 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games against the NFC, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five Wildcard games. The home team has covered the spread in the last four meetings of these two.

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