Saturday, December 3, 2016

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are your NFC North Champions after defeating the hated Green Bay Packers 20-13 Sunday Night at Lambeau Field. Everson Griffen and the Vikings defense kept Aaron Rodgers and Eddie “Slim” Lacy in check to bring home the Purple’s first division title since 2009. The Vikes square off against the Seattle Seahawks (revenge game, son) in the Wild Card Round at noon Sunday at The Bank. But before we look ahead, let’s look back at the Vikings shaking off the “You can’t beat Green Bay/You can’t win big games in prime time” narratives.

Other “This is Our Damn Division” Talking Points Include
• The Idea of Losing Intentionally Was Moronic
• Defense Take a Bow
• We Don’t Win Without Everson Griffen. Period.
• Teddy Was Okay When Throwing Right-Handed….
• Adrian Got His Rushing Title
• FREE McKinnon
• Adam Thielen: NFC Title Game MVP
• Vikings Got the Calls?
• Zimmer Farmer Blow = Elite
• Zimmer End of Half/Game Management…
• Twitter Qs
• Charting Out the Vikings Revenge Tour

All this and other “Home ” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Everson Griffen forced an Aaron Rodgers fumble and Captain Munnerlyn scooped it up and returned it 55-yards for the touchdown as the Vikings held on to beat the Green Bay Packers 20-13 Sunday night at Lambeau Field.

The Vikings defense withstood a fourth quarter rally by the Packers to claim their first NFC North title since 2009. Munnerlyn’s score gave the Vikings a 20-3 lead with 4:28 to play in the third quarter, but 10 unanswered points by the Packers in the fourth quarter turned the game into a nail-biter. The Vikings defense needed dramatic stops on the final two possessions to secure the victory. With just over two minutes to play, Xavier Rhodes intercepted Rodgers in the end zone as the Packers threatened to tie the score on fourth-and-goal from the 13 yard line.

After forcing the Vikings to punt, the Packer got one final possession with 58 seconds on the clock. Starting at their own 42 yard line, the Packers eight play drive stalled at the Vikings 38 when Rodgers’ deep pass to the end zone fell incomplete on fourth-and-two.

Adrian Peterson won the NFL rushing title with 67 yards rushing and a touchdown on 19 carries. Teddy Bridgewater was just 10-of-19 for 99 yards and an interception as the Vikings won despite a lack luster offensive performance. The defense set the tone sacking Rodgers five times forcing a fumble and an interception. Griffen had two sacks and 6 combined tackles to go with a good defensive effort from the secondary led by Andrew Sendejo’s 13 total tackles.

The Vikings improve to 11-5 and will host the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs next weekend.

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The inactives lists for both Sunday Night Football teams are now in.

The Green Bay Packers will be without veteran cornerback Sam Shields and, perhaps more importantly, their starting left tackle David Bakhtiari. The Packers offensive line seems like a logical weakness to exploit in Week 17 and here is hoping Everson Griffen can properly take advantage.

The other inactives for the Packers are LB Jayrone Elliot, CB Ladarius Gunter, QB Brett Hundley, TE Justin Perillo, and G Josh Walker.

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Some aspects of following an NFL team are just plain silly and giving two hoots about a mascot are one of them. Unless you happen to be a pet detective, that is.

With that being said, Ragnar employed some attention-seeking (and probably money making) antics on FOX this morning that has drawn some reactions of disbelief and disgust from Vikings fans.

Ragnar, who reportedly wanted $20,000 per game on a ten year contract for his services, was not a renewed feature of the Vikings home experience following 2014.

Joseph Juranitch, the real name behind the Ragnar character, took part in the morning television bit that ultimately ended with him replacing his horns with a cheesehead and chanting “Go-Pack-Go.” This all seemed to leave former Vikings receiver, and current FOX personality, Randy Moss a little miffed.

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