The last time the Vikings made a trek to Lambeau field to play the Packers in a playoff game was January 9th 2005. The Vikings had limped their way into the postseason losing seven of their final 10 games and finishing the year 8-8. The Pack had the Vikings number in both regular season meetings winning by identical 34-31 scores. That all changed on a chilly night where the moon shone brightly.
Randy Moss scored two touchdowns in the game and drew ire from the Packer faithful by pretending to moon the crowd following his second score. The key to the win however was the fast start. Following a Moe Williams 68-yard touchdown reception, the Vikings defense forced a Green Bay punt. Dante Culpepper threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Moss giving the purple a 14-0 lead just over five minutes into the game.
It was the start the visitors needed as the Vikings put the Lambeau mystique in their rear view mirror with a 31-17 win. The once impossible place to attain a playoff victory has become increasingly winnable. Dating back to 2002, the Packers playoff record at home is just 2-4 and Aaron Rodgers has yet to win a playoff game at home.
The Packers have lost the battle of the turnover battle in the losses 13-1 and in their past five home playoff games 16-2. The bigger problem for the Pack is their slow starts. In the losses, they have been outscored a combined 49-0 before their offense even put up a point.
The key for the Vikings?
Jump on them early, and keep the pedal to the floor. With temperatures expected in the mid to upper teens, the passing games may become inconsequential leaving the ground games as the key to the contest.