Packers-Vikings Series History: Games in Minnesota (Part 1 of 3)

I had been giving a lot of thought about how to make the "series history" post for this week and for the Lions (I don't have the same issue with the Bears, but that post is going to be very long). I have decided to break the series history into three parts. The first part will deal with games in Minnesota, the second part will deal with home games against the Vikings, and the third part will be a general overview of the series.

I have now posted both Part 2 and Part 3.

After the jump, the series against the Vikings in Minnesota will be detailed.

With the entry of the Vikings into the NFL in 1961, the Packers began playing games in the Twin Cities. The Packers won the first seven games in Metropolitan Stadium, and only two of these games were actually close--1963, when the Packers won 37-28 thanks in part to a blocked field goal return, and in 1967, when they won 30-27 on a last-second field goal.

However, with Lombardi stepping down, and Bud Grant's time as coach beginning to take off, the series began to turn in favor of the Vikings. Minnesota won every game at Metropolitan Stadium from 1968-1979 except the contests in 1972 and 1974. That 1978 victory for the Vikings would prove critical for their playoff chances. More on this in Part 2.

Following this, the Packers began winning games in this series, both at home and at Minnesota. They won 5 straight from 1980 to 1985 (the 1982 game in Minnesota was cancelled due to the strike) and 7 of 8 until the 1988 season. This streak includes the Packers' last game at Metropolitan Stadium, a 35-23 Green Bay win in December 1981. The Vikings would move into the Metrodome the following season. Following this, the Vikings began reasserting themselves in Minnesota.

The Vikings won 11 of 14 games in Minnesota from 1989 to 2002. Most of these were wins against a Packers team with a young Brett Favre as quarterback. Interestingly enough though, the last Packers game before Favre arrived was a 27-7 Packers win in Minnesota in 1991, which ended Jerry Burns' tenure as Vikings head coach and was also Lindy Infante's last game as Packers head coach.

Since 2003, the series has been 5-3 in favor of the Packers at the Metrodome. The first seven games were all close, decided by a combined 30 points. Then last season, the Packers won in a blowout in Minnesota, ending Brad Childress' coaching tenure at Minnesota.

Overall, the series in Minnesota is very close: the Vikings have won 25 games, and the Packers have won 24, with no ties.

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