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Clay Matthews vows that Adrian Peterson won’t gain 200 yards

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When preparing to play any other running back, an opposing defense might talk about totally shutting him down. But against Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, the Packers have set a goal that is not nearly that lofty.

We aren’t giving up 200 again,” Packers linebacker Clay Matthews told USA Today.

That’s the goal, and after a December in which Peterson played the Packers twice and gained 210 and 199 yards in those two games, it would be great news in Green Bay if they could start January by simply slowing Peterson down — forget about stopping him. If the Packers can stack the line of scrimmage enough to force Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder to pass, that’s their best path to victory.

“We want to take [Peterson] out of the mix. That’s definitely the game plan,” Matthews said. “If we can limit those carries and force Ponder to beat us, then that’s the game plan we’re going to play. We need to do a better job of stopping the run, and we will do that. And that will help us get after the quarterback.”

It says something about the kind of player Peterson is that the Packers think they’re going to have a good shot of beating the Vikings, if they can just hold him short of 200 yards.

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169 Responses to “Clay Matthews vows that Adrian Peterson won’t gain 200 yards”
  1. redwoodking says: Jan 4, 2013 5:23 PM

    That’s a pathetic stately from a guy who doesn’t seem to care about run defense.

  2. chifan17 says: Jan 4, 2013 5:23 PM

    Does that mean he’ll be satisfied if they hold him to 199 again?

  3. redwoodking says: Jan 4, 2013 5:24 PM

    Statement*

  4. claymatthewshairplugs says: Jan 4, 2013 5:24 PM

    Clay Matthews needs to just shut up and play. Wasn’t this the same guy who said the Giants didn’t beat them last year they beat themselves. Word to Matthews, until you prove otherwise shut your mouth. Peterson has averaged 204.5 ypg against your swiss cheese of a D. Shut it.

  5. logicalvoicesays says: Jan 4, 2013 5:24 PM

    Adrian Cheaterson will never wina SB unless he wants to backup Morris in DC.

  6. johnnyqbp says: Jan 4, 2013 5:25 PM

    We always have a punchers chance with AD in the back field!!

  7. robert831 says: Jan 4, 2013 5:25 PM

    Good luck cheeseturds! The MVP will get his yards and bring home the victory!

  8. thefnlimit says: Jan 4, 2013 5:25 PM

    I wonder if anyone else has tried this theory…

  9. Stiller43 says: Jan 4, 2013 5:26 PM

    He said this like 4 days ago…

  10. jmac34 says: Jan 4, 2013 5:26 PM

    how about no three man rushes on third and long

  11. travishole25 says: Jan 4, 2013 5:26 PM

    I think that reflects more how terrible a quarterback they think Ponder when they aren’t worried about giving up 190 rushing yards because they know he won’t have the game of his life two weeks in a row.

  12. 49ersandshivabowl says: Jan 4, 2013 5:27 PM

    Bwahaha!! Wow. Thanks, Clay! It’s always good to set high goals. 199 yards?? Perhaps. 200?? No way!!

  13. packh8er says: Jan 4, 2013 5:27 PM

    Actually, it says something of the terrible state of the rest of the team…

    - Vikes fan

  14. 2difshoe says: Jan 4, 2013 5:27 PM

    by the end of the 3rd quarter….give him til the 4th !

  15. pmgfootball says: Jan 4, 2013 5:27 PM

    I vow that Clay Matthews is a member of a horrible defense that allowed 409 to AD in 2 games

  16. pudgalvin says: Jan 4, 2013 5:28 PM

    Bold claim sir.

  17. lionfan419 says: Jan 4, 2013 5:28 PM

    As a Lions fan this staement show how good AP is. Most teams try to not give up 100 yards, now its holding AP to under 200?? That ish cray!

  18. apooster says: Jan 4, 2013 5:29 PM

    No way they are holding Peterson below 200 after he sees this picture from the classless Packer fanbase:

    photo/1

  19. pistolsmoke says: Jan 4, 2013 5:29 PM

    Some blonde girl thinks she can stop AP??

  20. lionsdraftguy says: Jan 4, 2013 5:29 PM

    As much as the refs help the Packers out any way they can, I agree with Clay. The Packers are the most favored team in the league and every single person watching a Packers game knows it.

    With that said, Jim Harbaugh is still the biggest tool in the league.

  21. jc1958cool says: Jan 4, 2013 5:29 PM

    i hope it’s not 199 either! AP will put it on the ground at least once 31-17 packers

  22. milkmandanimal says: Jan 4, 2013 5:29 PM

    Way to set the defensive bar real high there, Matthews.

  23. pickleman77 says: Jan 4, 2013 5:29 PM

    I’m pretty sure that was your game plan the first two times you faced them…what else ya got? SKOL VIKES!!!

  24. dkphilly1122 says: Jan 4, 2013 5:30 PM

    If only it was that simple Clay…….if it was wouldn’t Green Bay and every other team shut him down by now?? Or at least slowed him down. They have stacked the box and know he is getting the ball and he still runs all over them. Clay might have a point about Peterson not getting 200 yards, he will only get 199 yards again….He may get more with the super cold weather and them not being able to grab him…..oh wait they never can grab him regardless of the weather. AD is gonna have a monster game and put the Vikes on his back thru to the next round!!!!

  25. expresslunch says: Jan 4, 2013 5:31 PM

    Nobody can stop him, HE.IS.NOT.HUMAN.

  26. aaroncurryisbust says: Jan 4, 2013 5:31 PM

    Uh, wasn’t that the gameplan last Sunday as well? You great stupid wannabe Aryan.

  27. 28purple4mvp says: Jan 4, 2013 5:31 PM

    GOOD LUCK

  28. skolby says: Jan 4, 2013 5:31 PM

    199

  29. dkrauss93 says: Jan 4, 2013 5:32 PM

    They’re not the only team who tried and said that. AP is gonna run over the packers D. The question is can they keep the vikings out of the end zone.

  30. mathomp3 says: Jan 4, 2013 5:32 PM

    He’ll probably gain 250….

  31. skol77 says: Jan 4, 2013 5:33 PM

    That should jack up Adrian just a bit more.

    31-28 VIKES

    SKOL

  32. niners816 says: Jan 4, 2013 5:33 PM

    I hope A.P. goes for 220 yds and 3 scores. I don’t care much for the Vikings but Packers fans are worse than Steelers fans.

  33. tdubdizzle says: Jan 4, 2013 5:34 PM

    Lets just put it this way, Whos Ponder going to pass to? Double team Kyle Rudolph and that leaves…Michael Jenkins…HA! Game over, 31 to 10 Packers.

  34. icewalker946 says: Jan 4, 2013 5:34 PM

    That should have been the goal last week and look at what happened. Quit talking and gang tackle AD instead of hoping he’ll run out of bounds.

  35. bigshirk says: Jan 4, 2013 5:35 PM

    Good luck.

  36. nine49er says: Jan 4, 2013 5:36 PM

    Stacking the box doesn’t work against AD. He loves that. He just romps over your defenders then has an open field to run.

  37. m1000be says: Jan 4, 2013 5:37 PM

    Idiot. He isn’t half the player AP is. On that note, I hope AP rushes for 201 just to rub it in his face.

  38. purplejesusmvp says: Jan 4, 2013 5:38 PM

    Thats what they tried to do both of the last times we played them. How’d that work out?

  39. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Jan 4, 2013 5:40 PM

    Now why would you go and say that? You realize what you just asked for, right?

  40. Ponder This says: Jan 4, 2013 5:42 PM

    Boy, there’s some real bravado. That’s like vowing to hold Kobe Bryant under 60 points, Sidney Crosbie under 5 goals, or Miguel Cabrera under 4 home runs.

  41. buckeyefan1026 says: Jan 4, 2013 5:42 PM

    That’s like saying “Tom Brady won’t throw for over 500 yds”. Is holding AP to 190 yds really a victory?

  42. electionconfidential says: Jan 4, 2013 5:42 PM

    Isn’t that sitting kind of a low bar for your defense? Maybe he should also predict that Ponder won’t throw for 500 yards…

  43. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Jan 4, 2013 5:43 PM

    What’s crazy is that when the Packers loaded the box up with 8 or more, AP averaged 6.9 yards per carry…

  44. glac1 says: Jan 4, 2013 5:43 PM

    He’ll get over 200 if the packers tackled like they did a week ago. Last week our defensive backs were getting out of Peterson’s way so they could avoid tackling…..

  45. Ponder This says: Jan 4, 2013 5:43 PM

    “We want to take [Peterson] out of the mix. That’s definitely the game plan,” Matthews said. “If we can limit those carries and force Ponder to beat us, then that’s the game plan we’re going to play.
    _____

    Wasn’t that the game plan last week?

  46. khmer379 says: Jan 4, 2013 5:43 PM

    Ill take 100 yrd 2 Td n a win anyday over 200 yrd rushing

  47. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jan 4, 2013 5:43 PM

    I’m fine with it. He’s just showing respect. Just another example of why we are the classiest organiztion in all of sports.

  48. veerapan88 says: Jan 4, 2013 5:44 PM

    It also says something about Vikings’ offensive players not named “Peterson” as and don’t have a declining hairline.

  49. hurrayforyogapants says: Jan 4, 2013 5:45 PM

    Guess what? You ain’t gonna, m’boy! SKOL!

  50. bigks77 says: Jan 4, 2013 5:45 PM

    Way to go out on a limb Mathews!!! Vikings 27 Packers 24

  51. Deb says: Jan 4, 2013 5:45 PM

    I still can’t believe Peterson missed that record by just nine yards. Sorry, but I can’t stand Eric Dickerson and seeing that record fall–especially to a guy coming off an ACL tear–would have just curled my toes. Matthews is a beast when he’s in top form, but I hope Peterson can topple Dickerson’s other record. What an awesome season he’s had!

  52. josiewales69 says: Jan 4, 2013 5:45 PM

    dream on cheese man

  53. hrmlss says: Jan 4, 2013 5:46 PM

    As a Packer Fan I agree Clay. The Beast will get 240. But Ponder will heave 3 picks, and the Vikes lose.

  54. 1buckeye76 says: Jan 4, 2013 5:46 PM

    Wow. That’s a bold statement.

  55. stevenbondie says: Jan 4, 2013 5:46 PM

    I love our running back.

    SKOL VIKES

  56. dawglb says: Jan 4, 2013 5:46 PM

    That’s really going out on a limb, Clay.

  57. woodyg says: Jan 4, 2013 5:46 PM

    This is why so many PackFans are jittery about this game. — Everyone who knows even a little bit about football knew that stopping (slowing down) AP is the key to beating the Vikes —- This was last week !!

    They couldn’t do it. — Hard to believe that suddenly it’ll happen this week.

  58. lakerryan says: Jan 4, 2013 5:46 PM

    How bold

  59. tsutor88 says: Jan 4, 2013 5:47 PM

    powerful statement clay…you will look like the smart one when he only goes for 175 right

  60. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Jan 4, 2013 5:47 PM

    Meant to say A.P

  61. jfloknows says: Jan 4, 2013 5:48 PM

    Nope. This time it will be 250…. #beatthedick

  62. jsho55 says: Jan 4, 2013 5:48 PM

    We wont give up 200 yards….that like a defense saying we wont give up 500 yards to a QB.

    Gotta hand it to Peterson that’s impressive for a team to need to say.

  63. gunndlewittlebaum says: Jan 4, 2013 5:48 PM

    Or what, Clay? AP gets to shave off that mop on the top of your head?

  64. fcoprado says: Jan 4, 2013 5:51 PM

    If Peterson does indeed rush for 200 yads again,then the Packers defense should be ashamed of themselves and spend the whole offseason on how to play run defense and put every memeber of that defense to wear paperbags on their faces.600 yds vs an opponent in 3 games in one season?

  65. seals1 says: Jan 4, 2013 5:51 PM

    Actually Clay we didn’t think he was either but your mouth may get him closer than we thought.

  66. punkyqb says: Jan 4, 2013 5:51 PM

    Quite the defense you have there.

  67. noring4youstill says: Jan 4, 2013 5:52 PM

    Is that the PED’s talking?

  68. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Jan 4, 2013 5:55 PM

    “We want to take [Peterson] out of the mix. That’s definitely the game plan,” That’s been the game plan for every team for the last four years….Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

  69. keepingitrealdumb says: Jan 4, 2013 5:55 PM

    hahaha.

    its like fighting mike tyson, you cannot even pretend to do well against him.

  70. doe22us says: Jan 4, 2013 5:57 PM

    Why add more fuel to the fire? What i love about sports is when you impose your will on your opponent and they cant do anything about it.

  71. timmy1975 says: Jan 4, 2013 5:58 PM

    Sunday morning = no more queen trolls.

  72. oriolesvsravens says: Jan 4, 2013 5:58 PM

    Clay would be too busy running off the edge trying to get to Ponder. That front line gotta get it done.

  73. raiderspride says: Jan 4, 2013 5:58 PM

    Mean while… In Minny. The Vikes are focused on limiting Matthews to under 5 sacks.

  74. luccabrazzi says: Jan 4, 2013 5:59 PM

    Are you serious??? This Matthews guy is a hilarious!!! I mean really, your goal is to hold him below 200 yards…hahahahaha. how about setting a goal to hold him under 100 yards, like most defenses in the nfl TRY to do. Oh wait, that fraudulent secondary of the Packers were literally shying away from contact with AP (dont believe watch the tape, it dont lie). They should be ashamed of themselves for the rat ass effort they put on the field defensively last week. Mathews needs to focus on trying to stay on the field (healthy) and make a meaningful play during a game. All any team has to do to neutralize his pass rush is run right at him. He cant get off blocks, he’ll stay blocked for like six seconds at a time in the run game. I’m indifferent to what happens in the game, i just couldnt believe the headline!!! What a joke

  75. whatjusthapped says: Jan 4, 2013 6:00 PM

    Mike McCarthy has probably figured this out by now, get ahead on the scoreboard and then you wouldn’t have to worry about Peterson. Both games this year, the Packers feel behind and that allowed the Vikings to run the ball.

    If the Packers win the coin toss (like they did in the last game), this time they should take the ball and work on getting ahead instead of playing defense.

    Put Ponder behind on the scoreboard and I know where I would put my money on the final score.

  76. necr0philia says: Jan 4, 2013 6:06 PM

    Twin city y’all that’s where I’m from. Thats where im from. All day ere day blue and red y’all I was born to be a football player. I’m 50 Tyson I’m 50 Tyson blue and red all day twin cities y’all.

  77. luccabrazzi says: Jan 4, 2013 6:06 PM

    logicalvoicesays says: Jan 4, 2013 5:24 PM

    Adrian Cheaterson will never wina SB unless he wants to backup Morris in DC.

    This is an equally DUMB statement as Matthews! Morris is a 4.7 guy who was drafted in the 6th round by Shanahan. Shanny is one of the greatest offensive innovators of the run game to ever coach in the NFL. Every RB to ever play under him has had awesome success, including Morris. But please dont compare him to arguably the greatest RB to ever play the game, thats absurd, and everyone to read your words are now dumber for having to do so.

  78. barroomhero80 says: Jan 4, 2013 6:10 PM

    And the fudgepacker crybabys get their excuses ready. Like their bitch qb

  79. jaygarey77 says: Jan 4, 2013 6:11 PM

    Hey Viking fans come back when you have won something to be proud of? Only time you have went anywhere recently is when you had to go and get a former packer to be your Qb

  80. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Jan 4, 2013 6:11 PM

    Dream big!

  81. purpleguy says: Jan 4, 2013 6:15 PM

    Not exactly a bold statement. It’s been a great season no matter what happens Saturday. It will be very tough for the Vikes to win the game, but what the hell, they’ve got nothing to lose.

  82. minnesconsin says: Jan 4, 2013 6:18 PM

    He can have 200 but no W just like last time he played in GB.

    He can have the MVP as well. He can join Mauer and Morneau in the”not good enough to get outta the first round of the playoffs” club.

  83. thepvyharvin says: Jan 4, 2013 6:19 PM

    Packer players and fans should be totally EMBARRASSED by that comment. Like a boxer saying ” I won’t get knocked down more than 7 times!”

  84. thetokyosandblaster says: Jan 4, 2013 6:19 PM

    Honestly, it doesn’t matter what Peterson does. They’ll need ponder to equal his best effort of his professional career, at lambeau, at night, in the playoffs. I don’t think that happens.

    Packers 31, Vikings 21

  85. supermariojosh says: Jan 4, 2013 6:24 PM

    Where the heck were all of you the rest of the season? Oh that’s right, busy calling for Ponder and Frazier to be canned.

    There’s no way the Vikings bandwagon could have been prepared for this onslaught – which means the wheels are about to come off. Ladies and gentlemen, the most fairweather fans in the league (San Diego and Cincinnati don’t count because they don’t actually have fans).

  86. randallflagg52 says: Jan 4, 2013 6:29 PM

    You have a superhuman (Peterson) going against a defense led by a pre-human caveman (Matthews).

    My money is on Peterson.

  87. alldaylaveay says: Jan 4, 2013 6:32 PM

    Sweet goal Mathews…. way to try and sound tough… The Vikes said they definitely aren’t going to let Rodgers throw for 5,000 yards tomorrow.

  88. sixjak says: Jan 4, 2013 6:43 PM

    I vow to laugh at Clay Mathews when AP rolls the soft GB D for 200+yards.

  89. faultylogic29 says: Jan 4, 2013 6:49 PM

    All the people who say Matthews is a bad run defender have never seen him play the run. He’s about as good of a run defender as he is a pass rusher.

  90. belgaron says: Jan 4, 2013 6:54 PM

    Is he also going to hold Ponder under 400 yards passing?

  91. kulserd says: Jan 4, 2013 6:55 PM

    In other news, Clay Mathews also vows that pigs won’t fly…

    Cmon man, AP ran for two hundred twice against you this year. He averages over 200 yards a game. Even if he doesn’t run for 200, and runs for say… 150… you still failed. Your run defense is horrible and saying you are going to hold a guy under two hundred yards is already conceeding defeat.

    How about this bet Claymaker? Hold AP (the best running back to ever play the game) under 75 yards or cut your lucious locks of hair… deal?

  92. judsonjr says: Jan 4, 2013 6:59 PM

    Honestly I’m not sure the Packers need to stop Peterson, all they have to do is stop Ponder on 3rd down when they are given the chance.

    Every 3rd down that they let Ponder convert = more carries for Peterson. Last week they had ample 3rd downs and 5+ yard situations and they didn’t do the job, or got a stupid flag to extend the drive.

    If they had done an average job against Ponder, Peterson would probably had 130-140 yards. Holding Ponder completely in check would have probably knocked Peterson down to 100.

  93. countyk66ers says: Jan 4, 2013 7:01 PM

    Adrian will have less than 100 yards on Saturday night.

  94. whatswrongwithmyname says: Jan 4, 2013 7:08 PM

    I don’t get the fuss here.

    1) Is slowing down Peterson the easiest way to beat the Vikings? Yes.

    2) Is anything that he said NOT true? Nope.

    3) Did the Vikings lose when Peterson topped 200 in Lambeau in December? Yes.

    I don’t get what Michal David Smith’s point is. Nor do I understand what all the fuss from the masses is.

    Talk about making a story out of nothing…

  95. tdoe89 says: Jan 4, 2013 7:21 PM

    I didn’t realize every minny fan was such a chotch. And whoever is saying the pack benefits from the refs.. your an idiot. Seattle.. Monday night.. Russell Wilson’s game winning interception ring a bell

  96. hannahsdaddy says: Jan 4, 2013 7:21 PM

    So how much will they be okay with? 150, 165, 183, 195. I’d love to know where they are drawing their line in the sand.

  97. dtrb10 says: Jan 4, 2013 7:25 PM

    WTF there are actually Redskins fans that think Alfred Morris is in the same league as AP.

    He shouldn’t even be mentioned in the same sentence as AP.

    Toby Gerhardt is just as good as Alfred Morris C’mon man!

  98. urcrap says: Jan 4, 2013 7:43 PM

    Claybaby would have got my attention if he said 100 yards. Actually would be happy if AP just gets enough to win even if its 50.
    SKOL VIKES!!!

  99. apallday28 says: Jan 4, 2013 7:50 PM

    First he couldn’t believe it wasn’t butter now this

  100. vikingfan1971 says: Jan 4, 2013 7:58 PM

    I am so sick of hearing vikings bandwagon, I was a viking fan even last year when they were 3-13 so stop calling viking fans bandwagon. I hope the vikings stomp all over the pack you fans are pretty pathetic calling all teams losers, mostly what I read and saying your team is the best, well see come game time ponder will not repeat what he did last time in packer land, he has actually been a pretty good quarter back so I see it being a close game, I would love to see a blow out, the vikings 24-17 is my prediction vikings of course would be cool to see 49-13 that would be a great blowout but like I said it will be close so the other 24-17

  101. stellarperformance says: Jan 4, 2013 8:05 PM

    The Vikings fans are really amped on this site tonight. Who wouldn’t be…….two SuperBowls within one week!

  102. milkcan44 says: Jan 4, 2013 8:14 PM

    Reply to lionsdraftguy:
    The Lions are the only team, besides the refs, who should be wearing stripes (the prison variety).

  103. raymondtx says: Jan 4, 2013 8:15 PM

    What tough talk from mr fathead…..

  104. vikingfan1971 says: Jan 4, 2013 8:22 PM

    you are pathetic stellar we dont feel its a superbowl to get into the playoffs, the vikings have been in the playoffs in the past and its not been along time, but awhile, just wish both teams luck but sorry more luck to the vikings coming down with the win.

  105. burrito12 says: Jan 4, 2013 8:23 PM

    The difference maker in this game will be the reigning MVP in Rodgers. An MVP caliber QB will win 9 times out of ten over an MVP caliber RB and a mediocre QB.

  106. allen227 says: Jan 4, 2013 8:35 PM

    That’s hilarious coming from Mr over run the play. Try filling the hole and making a tackle.

  107. wludford says: Jan 4, 2013 8:41 PM

    Well, if the Packers do hold AP under 200, it won’t be because of Clay Matthews. He got blown by AP a couple times last week, and is easily the most overrated defensive player in the league.

    For those wondering, the over/under for AP tomorrow night is 128 yards! Unheard of.

    My guess is that AP breaks Eric Dickerson’s playoff record of 248 tomorrow night. Can’t wait to see Tramon Williams try to stop him.

  108. hscdaw says: Jan 4, 2013 8:47 PM

    Clay and all of his fatheads in his room couldn’t begin to slow down the MVP! All Day is on a mission and if Ponder can just manage the game, the Vikes have a great shot!

  109. thestatsishere says: Jan 4, 2013 8:56 PM

    I remember Brian Bosworth made a guarantee like this when it came to Bo Jackson.

    Then Bo ran for 221 yards and scored 3 touchdowns (1 receiving) and crushed the Seahawks.

    Better back up your talk Clay.

  110. wludford says: Jan 4, 2013 8:56 PM

    But hey, the Packer players are really getting psyched up for this game… Matthews hoping to hold AP under 200 yards, Greg Jennings wishing the game was indoors on the road… James Jones wondering if playing at Lambeau will be a home field advantage…

  111. the1849ers says: Jan 4, 2013 8:59 PM

    Clay Matthews REALLY vows that Adrian Peterson won’t gain 400 yards.

  112. punkthepack says: Jan 4, 2013 8:59 PM

    Does that mean 200 for the first half only?

  113. mp4pack says: Jan 4, 2013 9:01 PM

    Amusing how many Viking fans seem insulted by this… They have as much sense of humor as they have championships up there.

  114. burrito12 says: Jan 4, 2013 9:06 PM

    Sure is a lot of talk coming out of the Viking fan base all of the sudden. Why don’t you wait until you win squat before running your mouths? Individual accomplishments by your RB mean nothing!! I could care less if any Packer ever breaks another record or wins another award. It’s all about winning games!!!

  115. jimnsota says: Jan 4, 2013 9:11 PM

    Vikes O-line/fullback are dominanting defenses right now. When you have a Michale Jordan like figure that will handle the ball 30+ times in AP good things will happen. If Ponder can complete 3rd downs and convert pts in the redzone. WATCHOUT!!!

  116. jazz11001 says: Jan 4, 2013 9:30 PM

    lets put up the sign that says “hey Sharon Rodgers this is what 6’3″ looks like”….

    Rodgers – “I am sensitive about my height”

    Real man – “say what?”

  117. chet72 says: Jan 4, 2013 9:34 PM

    What a feeble comment. That’s like a Vikings player saying, “I guarantee ARog won’t won’t throw for 450 against us. No chance.”

    What a meathead. Get a haircut hippie.

  118. ihaterogergoodell says: Jan 4, 2013 9:41 PM

    Funny how some Packer fans are not just predicting a victory, but an end score. Same people that were predicting a 42-13 loss for the Vikes or thereabouts last week? Any given Sunday, any given Sunday.

  119. jt38 says: Jan 4, 2013 9:44 PM

    Don’t lie Clay

  120. hor2012 says: Jan 4, 2013 10:05 PM

    OK Clay I’ll bit. Please tell me what’s changed in less than a week about your defense.

  121. ianvikings28 says: Jan 4, 2013 10:13 PM

    Clay, you missed out on the first 209, adding you didn’t help for the other 199. Good luck sir….SKOL

  122. shaggytoodle says: Jan 4, 2013 10:13 PM

    Viking fans are pretty confident for a team that blew a 13 point lead.

  123. surricrx says: Jan 4, 2013 10:15 PM

    I find entertaining that everyone gets caught up and negatively reacts to what ever the press or player says. But hey, everyone is entitled to their opinions. I am a intrigued as to how they will stop him. What will Woodson’s impact be? We’ll see if GB wants to tacke this time. Should be a close game.

  124. pappavike says: Jan 4, 2013 10:17 PM

    The Packers saying thier gonna shut down Ap? Is like the Vikes saying thier going to keep Rodgers from completing a pass!! As a Vikings fan I have one concern about the game! And that is this! Everyone knows that the Packers got hosed on that call in that Seahawks game! Do the officals feel they need to make it up to the Packers for that blown call? …… All I want is a good game! Not one decided by officals!

  125. bubbasmithguy says: Jan 4, 2013 10:22 PM

    This just proves that packer players are even more stupid than they look.

  126. tluke25 says: Jan 4, 2013 10:24 PM

    The Steelers and Ravens continually go 15-20 games without giving up a 100 yard rusher, and have for the past decade.

    Gotta love it when Clay Matthews vows A.P. is not going to get 200.

  127. jimthebuilder27 says: Jan 4, 2013 10:26 PM

    You should be mad at several of your own teammates (Tramon Williams among others). They were constantly shying away from takling Peterson! They should have been taken out for refusing to tackle!

  128. vikingshavefoursuperbowlappearancesandarethebest says: Jan 4, 2013 10:33 PM

    Four appearances

  129. knotfan73 says: Jan 4, 2013 10:35 PM

    I see no problem with the statement. AP had 55 rushes in two games against the Pack, 49 were at a 4 yd average, 6 were at a 35 yd average. Don’t give up the big run, they have him contained. Not impossible.

  130. billbrasky72 says: Jan 4, 2013 10:36 PM

    What are you scared of Clay? The embarrassment of seeing your fearless leader, Aaron Rodgers, stomp his feet and throw another temper tantrum on the sidelines just like he did last weekend if MVPeterson goes for another 200?

  131. lanman11 says: Jan 4, 2013 10:51 PM

    Whenever there is a game where everyone says it can’t happen, that’s when it usually does. I figured this game was a forgone conclusion, but maybe not…..

    Vikes have beaten the 49ers this season, and could possibly beat Atlanta. Stranger things have happened…..

  132. leroysbutler says: Jan 4, 2013 10:52 PM

    I’m not going to defend Packer fans but Viking fans really are fair weather morons.

  133. njraiderfan19 says: Jan 4, 2013 10:54 PM

    Did Clay Matthews play at all this season? I must have missed it.

  134. chi01town says: Jan 4, 2013 10:58 PM

    The Vikings will beat greenbay again
    because the packers D is weak. AP
    is mad because he didnt get that record by 9 yards. One and done again greenbay

  135. beanocook says: Jan 4, 2013 11:08 PM

    Why do NFL fans keep using AP? He already has a great nickname. Leave it to NFL fans to come up with the lame AP.

  136. nodindenver says: Jan 4, 2013 11:26 PM

    I am definitely not a Vikes fan but, Clay you are biting off more than you, and your mates, can seem to chew! Adrian seems to be on a mission like his MVP pal from Denver is and YOU may be the next speed bump.

  137. dabearsk says: Jan 4, 2013 11:42 PM

    Why are we to believe that statement, Clay? Based on what? You guys haven’t done that one time in the last two years..in the last 4 games your amazing defense has held him under 175 yards 1 time…

  138. savannahrose44 says: Jan 4, 2013 11:44 PM

    If you want to hold AP under 200 yards rushing, try not giving him bulletin board material why don’t ya. Keep talking Clay you’re just feeding the fire.

  139. deeppurple13 says: Jan 4, 2013 11:51 PM

    I have never been more proud of any Viking as I am proud of AP. He is so talented and such a genuine likeable person. 250, 2 TDs and a Vikes squeaker over the Cheese. Keep poking the bear girly man…even my 91 yr old grandma dislikes Clay Matthews.

  140. fukallusernamesaretaken says: Jan 4, 2013 11:56 PM

    The optimism in viking land is at 1998 levels. Their qb throws for over 200 yards and now their destined for a championship. It’s like they’ve been on a bender since Sunday.

  141. kacapaco says: Jan 4, 2013 11:59 PM

    MVP. MVP MVP

  142. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Jan 5, 2013 12:20 AM

    HGH Hamster gonna plow for 600 yards and win the game

  143. FANof28 says: Jan 5, 2013 12:39 AM

    While the Packer fans are going to hold up signs saying “This is what 9 yards looks like”, AP will be showing them what 200 looks like……..Again….

  144. vikinganswer says: Jan 5, 2013 12:51 AM

    There’s a limb worth standing on. Jared also was quoted in saying “We wont allow Aaron Rodgers to throw for 750 yards”.

  145. getadealdonealready says: Jan 5, 2013 12:53 AM

    Well then he better talk to his DB’s about wanting to play physical football. They wanted nothing to do with AD’s physical nature in the first two games, and now the hits are going to hurt 10 times worse in the cold.

  146. themagicfanguy says: Jan 5, 2013 12:58 AM

    Oh yeah that horrible packers D right? Right!?
    Oh wait, it’s ranked 7th in PPG allowed…

  147. steeltuff says: Jan 5, 2013 1:40 AM

    The cheeseheads blew it by losing to Minnesota last week, thus sending them to S.F. should they win. Good luck at the Stick. Clay might get his hair messed up trying to tackle Frank Gore and Vernon Davis, while the Niners’ D will wipe that smirk off Rodgers’ face.

  148. bluereign says: Jan 5, 2013 1:46 AM

    Giants fan here; Packers do get all the calls blind Packer fans. And since when is holding a RB under 200 yards considered a challenge? 200 yards is A LOT of real estate, nice bar setting, Clay.

  149. hedleykow says: Jan 5, 2013 2:15 AM

    That’s the most sane comment I’ve heard from a football player in years.

  150. cpanthers1 says: Jan 5, 2013 2:50 AM

    I think Clay should have to shave his head if Peterson runs over 200 yards.

  151. nickynick04 says: Jan 5, 2013 6:06 AM

    I wonder under what context this statement came from.
    I do not think the Vikings are good enough to win a playoff game at Green Bay.
    Ponder ? seriously, where do they think Ponder is going to take them.
    One thing is for sure, The Vikings will not win the Super Bowl this year.
    The Packers have a little better shot at it, but they will not win it either

  152. jerrykill4pres says: Jan 5, 2013 9:25 AM

    What’s funny is the 2007 draft, Oakland chose Russel, Detroit took Megatron, Cleveland took Joe Thomas, Tampa bay took Gaines Adams, Arizona took Levi Brown, and Washington took Laron Landry before the Vikings took AP… There is only one guy in that list you could argue, and that’s Megatron. Detroit is the only team in that list who took a player who actually could have been taken before AP. Other than that, wow… Funny that he slipped to 7th. But i think there were concerns about his shoulder or something at that time.

    Rewind the clock, would everyone still have taken who they did? or would AP go first? Bet old Al Davis is rolling over in his grave right now!

  153. dtrb10 says: Jan 5, 2013 10:06 AM

    We are gonna line up and punch that weak ass defense right in the face!

    Hey Woodson, Hayward and CO. Get ready for the pain! Are you ready to get trucked by 28?? It’s just motivating him that nobody gives the Vikes any credit. It’s all like oh we played a bad game thats why the Vikings won/ Well we will prove again that we are for real!

    Vikes are gonna send the Fudge Packing! Bring it. Man it’s gonna hurt in the cold, getting trucked by AP!

  154. dtrb10 says: Jan 5, 2013 10:16 AM

    @leyroysbutler

    Real fairwether? We pretty much got our team a stadium built after a year where we were 3-13. Another reason why I hate GB. The biggest reason in their hillbilly fans.

    I could get a ticket to Lambeau as a Viking fan for actually cheaper than the dome so get over it Fudge you are just a fan like any other NFL fan nothing makes you special. Unless you want to consider wearing cheese on your head special, I would say like special ED.

  155. Glassguy9 says: Jan 5, 2013 10:46 AM

    PACker a lunch cheeseman!!!!

  156. knotfan73 says: Jan 5, 2013 10:49 AM

    Vikings fans will be happy with AP getting 300 yds, Packer fans will be happy with a trip to SF. The difference in priorities, gotta love it!

  157. thetokyosandblaster says: Jan 5, 2013 10:54 AM

    tluke25 says:
    Jan 4, 2013 10:24 PM
    The Steelers and Ravens continually go 15-20 games without giving up a 100 yard rusher, and have for the past decade.

    Gotta love it when Clay Matthews vows A.P. is not going to get 200.

    —-

    Whoa! Defense like that must have translated in to tons of Super Bowl wins!

  158. thetokyosandblaster says: Jan 5, 2013 11:00 AM

    Gotta love when minny people try to make fun of Wisconsin people. We’re in the same geographic location. Calling us hillbillies is calling yourselves hillbillies.

    It must really sting that the players of the nfl said that gb has the most knowledgeable fans.

  159. chachanola says: Jan 5, 2013 11:43 AM

    didn’t they vow that the last game? and what happened? might wanna focus on your 5 yard sprints and not bumping your coconut dude

  160. thetokyosandblaster says: Jan 5, 2013 12:21 PM

    chachanola says:
    Jan 5, 2013 11:43 AM
    didn’t they vow that the last game? and what happened? might wanna focus on your 5 yard sprints and not bumping your coconut dude

    Actually, no…

    They vowed that he wouldn’t get the record. What happened? Might wanna worry about ponder playing like ponder…at night, away, in his first playoff game.

    Sorry. Didn’t mean to spread the terrifying truth.

  161. pakfan1982 says: Jan 5, 2013 1:35 PM

    As far as I see it, Trash talking aside over a 50+ year span of this historic rivalry the Packers are historically the better team with a record of 54-49-1 (with only one loss to the Vikings in the playoffs during that span) sure AP may undoubtedly be one of the best running backs in the game and the Packers run defense lacks but I doubt even the best Run defense in the NFL can keep Adrian Peterson under 200+ yards he is just that damn good… But I am a Packers fan through and through and I love watching these 2 teams play each other, Last weekends loss for the Packers (37-34) was a tough one for them but they didn’t make the Vikings winning an easy task This will be another great Pack-Viks game but I gotta go with my Packers 40-37

  162. mnvikes7897 says: Jan 5, 2013 2:07 PM

    I just want to say on this last comment thank you for being the sole classy Packers fan. I totally respect your QB. He’s bad ass. Wish we had him. May the best team win.

  163. sakatak says: Jan 5, 2013 10:15 PM

    At this point in the game Matthews is right, Peterson is getting bottled up and the Vikings can look forward to next season.

  164. icewalker946 says: Jan 5, 2013 11:15 PM

    Less than 100 yards. Helped a lot that Vikings were with their backup QB. Total respect for AD. I hope he can win a Super Bowl some day.

  165. gsomatt says: Jan 5, 2013 11:19 PM

    Clay, I need some stock picks and lottery numbers!!

  166. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 6, 2013 9:19 AM

    The evil Packers ended the Cinderella Viking season.

    That’s gotta hurt.

  167. wafflestomp says: Jan 6, 2013 11:24 AM

    Advantage Clay Matthews.

  168. teal379 says: Jan 6, 2013 1:47 PM

    Judging by the comments section – internet service seems to be out for the entire state of Minnesota.

    Where is everybody?

    Losing Ponder and going to Webb 20 mins before game time should have benefited Peterson more – as you’d more likely hand the ball off to your one constant – the MVP (I guess) of the league/team?

  169. ihaterogergoodell says: Jan 8, 2013 3:13 PM

    thetokyosandblaster says: Jan 5, 2013 10:54 AM

    tluke25 says:
    Jan 4, 2013 10:24 PM
    The Steelers and Ravens continually go 15-20 games without giving up a 100 yard rusher, and have for the past decade.

    Gotta love it when Clay Matthews vows A.P. is not going to get 200.

    —-

    Whoa! Defense like that must have translated in to tons of Super Bowl wins!

    ——
    Four Super Bowl visits and three Super Bowl wins among those two teams in the past 12 years seems pretty impressive to me!

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