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Adrian Peterson takes (and deserves) blame for Vikings’ loss

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 10:  Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks and Michael Bennett #72 attempt to tackle Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at TCFBank Stadium on January 10, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Getty Images

Vikings kicker Blair Walsh is taking a lot of blame for missing a potential game-winning field goal in Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks. But a football game is never won or lost on one play. There were scores of plays before that missed kick that could have put the Vikings in a position where they wouldn’t have needed to win on a last-minute field goal. And no one played worse on all those other plays than Adrian Peterson.

Peterson led the league in rushing yards in the regular season, but he was downright terrible in Sunday’s playoff game. It wasn’t just that Peterson fumbled, though his fumble was incredibly costly, setting up the Seahawks’ go-ahead field goal. It was also that he repeatedly failed to move the ball as a runner.

Even leaving that fumble aside, Peterson finished the game with 23 carries for 45 yards. Only once before in NFL history had a player with as many as 23 carries in a playoff game gained as few as 45 yards.

The Vikings’ first offensive drive started with Peterson getting tackled behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of a yard, and ended with him get stopped behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of two yards. That was a fitting start, because Peterson was terrible all day.

Peterson was stopped for a loss or no gain five times. The Vikings wanted to make Peterson the focal point of their offense, which is why they gave him the ball on first down 16 times. But Peterson repeatedly left his team in second-and-long: On only three of those 16 first-down carries did he gain more than three yards.

After the game, Peterson gave the Seahawks’ defense credit, while also acknowledging that a better performance by him would have seen the Vikings win.

Without a doubt. I definitely take the blame, without a doubt. We almost had it. Just too many missed opportunities,” Peterson said.

Peterson said he doesn’t view the 2015 season as a success because of the way it ended. His season will be remembered as a year in which he was the NFL’s top running back, but it will also be remembered for a major failure in the playoffs.

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206 Responses to “Adrian Peterson takes (and deserves) blame for Vikings’ loss”
  1. floratiotime says: Jan 11, 2016 7:12 AM

    You and the Shankopottamus combined for an epic choke job.

  2. jetsclaps says: Jan 11, 2016 7:13 AM

    Blair Walsh’s miss was worse. But whenever a team loses there is a lot of blame to go around, from the players to the coaches.

  3. heyguru69 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:14 AM

    Sadly, this post is all about Peterson, and not about 2 other INCREDIBLY-important factors:

    1) There were no holes. Period. No running back could have succeeded in that game.

    2) The Seattle Defense played not like a wild-card team, but like a team trying to return to a 3rd straight Super Bowl.

    Credit where credit’s due, please.

  4. steelnucs says: Jan 11, 2016 7:14 AM

    Pretty sure that the Hawks’ D constantly destroying the Vikings’ sieve of an O line had lots to do with it also…

  5. slaugin says: Jan 11, 2016 7:19 AM

    Even if the Vikings won they weren’t going to make it to the Super Bowl so might as well get the heart ache out of the way early

  6. relggigeht says: Jan 11, 2016 7:21 AM

    Hope he doesn’t take it out on his kids🙂

  7. dougy1970 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:22 AM

    Maybe now Peterson and the National Media will drop the bogus Ernie Banks / Barry Sanders narrative that the Vikings organization can’t get the great, great super star Adrian Peterson a Super Bowl ring.

    Peterson can’t block, can’t catch, can’t run out the shotgun, can’t hang onto the ball and can’t accept his conviction in a court of law.

  8. slvrnblk72 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:26 AM

    he then took a switch to Walsh’s behind

  9. logast says: Jan 11, 2016 7:27 AM

    Skol?

  10. helldog33 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:27 AM

    A switch to his nuts.

  11. intrafinesse says: Jan 11, 2016 7:32 AM

    AP fumbles a lot.
    Remember the 2009 playoffs where he fumbled 2-3 times (when Brett Favre was the QB) and they lost a close one?

    Russel Wilson has some great plays, and some bad ones too. He still had a very good performance but he’s human and makes serious mistakes too.

  12. cakesw says: Jan 11, 2016 7:32 AM

    But wait….

    Vikings fans were Thrilled to get him back this year after he screwed up, and then held the team hostage.

    Skol spelled backwards is Choke.

  13. gbbvan says: Jan 11, 2016 7:32 AM

    Thanks again vikes for making my day!

    >>-GO-PACK-GO->

  14. ravensdominate says: Jan 11, 2016 7:35 AM

    This is the sports version of wussification / PCism in America. It is Blair Walsh’ fault they lost. You have to make that. So annoying that we have to endure more of the bandwagon Seahawks 12th man garbage for another week. Hopefully Carolina crushes them in the bandwagon bowl…

  15. abninf says: Jan 11, 2016 7:36 AM

    I hope he doesn’t take his frustrations out on his children that are spread across the country.

  16. killxswitch says: Jan 11, 2016 7:37 AM

    Getting tackled in the backfield is a blocking problem, not a RB problem.

  17. gohawks2015 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:39 AM

    steelnucs said: Pretty sure the Hawks D…

    Yup did is twice actually:

    Date Attempts Yds Avg TD Fum

    12/6 8 18 2.3 0 0

    1/10 23 45 1.95 0 1

    =========================================

    Totals 31 63 2.12 0 1

  18. tonyzendejas says: Jan 11, 2016 7:39 AM

    AP missed some GIANT holes in the 4th quarter. So much juking and stepping, so little vision and intelligent choices. Then again, the world seems to agree that he’s not intelligent.

  19. flvikesfan says: Jan 11, 2016 7:39 AM

    Sure Peterson won the rushing title but I would trade him for a thousand yard back who can hold onto the ball and can find the end zone! I’ve had my fill of Peterson fumbling away every big game.

  20. uglynora says: Jan 11, 2016 7:40 AM

    So, does this mean we have finally heard the end of Vikes’ fans crying over the Farve playoff meltdown? Or no?

  21. gohawks2015 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:41 AM

    That looks horrid.

    In two games the Hawks held AP to:

    63 yards on 31 attempts for an average of 2.12 y/per with no TD’s and one fumble.

  22. margoadams says: Jan 11, 2016 7:44 AM

    On his last run he should’ve or the coach should’ve told him to put the ball between the hash marks. Not to the left hash mark.

  23. ikeclanton says: Jan 11, 2016 7:47 AM

    I’m sorry, it was negative whatever degrees out and it’s hard to score, period. You have to make a 27 yard field goal to win. Not asking much there.

  24. tritz32 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:47 AM

    That “franchise QB” probably deserves some blame as well. He can’t complete a pass over 10 yards and has zero pocket presence. Put a rush on him and he’ll fold up for an easy sack.

    And to think I got ridiculed all year for saying neither the Vikes or Pack has enough offense to make any noise in the playoffs. The only difference – the Packers have Aaron Ridgers who gives them a punchers chance. Hmmmmmmm?!?!?

  25. stinkymcmulligan says: Jan 11, 2016 7:49 AM

    AP should be ashamed of how he ‘played’ yesterday. What a disgrace.

  26. usedjock says: Jan 11, 2016 7:53 AM

    logast says:
    Jan 11, 2016 7:27 AM

    Skol?

    Yep

    S- still
    K – keeps
    O – on
    L – losing

  27. stevedenetz says: Jan 11, 2016 7:55 AM

    the queens will remain the queens as long as they keep high priced, and high maintenance Wallace and ap or ad or whatever he is. McKinnon, diggs and Rudolph are the best help for your qb. then spend some of that freed up money on oline help. your face of the franchise needs to be one of those guys. but you need to sell tickets so paste ap on your cover again.

  28. mcmccii says: Jan 11, 2016 7:57 AM

    Peterson always chokes in big games.

  29. ketch20too says: Jan 11, 2016 7:57 AM

    Hard to gain yards when there are defenders in every gap and enough speed on D to run down the outside runs. There was no where for him to go all day.

  30. ragnarthegreat says: Jan 11, 2016 7:57 AM

    The Seahawks are a great team and it was a tough battle all the way. Both teams made great plays and mistakes. At the end, the Seahawks made one or two more plays than the Vikings and won the game. Congratulations to the Vikings for a great season, division champs, rushing leader and a trip to the play offs. Sadly for us Vikings fans, congratulations also to the Seahawks for giving us a great game.

  31. edukator4 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:57 AM

    anyone who watched that game knows the lack of yardage was not his fault. the play calling was telegraphed. Coupled with bridgewater’s inability to disguise a run.
    Also Seattle’s d owned the line of scrimmage. blame the fumble sure, but the lack of yardage was on the whole team

  32. footballfan58 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:01 AM

    I repeat a post I made a couple days ago:

    Nothing about Adrian Peterson impresses me. Nothing.

  33. jagsfanugh says: Jan 11, 2016 8:02 AM

    I didn’t know they kicked with laces facing the foot. To me the blame is on the holder.

  34. unkleruckus says: Jan 11, 2016 8:07 AM

    Way to take the blame for that pitiful oline. Anyone with an ounce of football knowledge understands a RB can’t put up numbers like that unless his line is getting manhandled. And yes, the kicker did lose the game, spin it however you’d like. But if I’m on the free throw line down by one point with no time left on the clock and I throw up two air balls, guess what? I lost my team the game. I don’t care that the power forward went 1-12, with 5 turnovers in the first half. I hear the phrase he kicked the “game winning fg” all the time. How come there isn’t a”game losing fg”?

  35. ftblfan9 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:11 AM

    Not sure that his cut back on the run that placed the ball on the left hash mark was by design. Almost picked up the first so you can’t blame him for that though.

  36. warsal says: Jan 11, 2016 8:12 AM

    “A game is never won or lost by one play.” Incorrect. If he made that field goal Minnesota wins. He missed, they lost. Games are won or lost on one play all of the time.

  37. punksinplay says: Jan 11, 2016 8:15 AM

    Yeah, yeah all that is true. You still HAVE to make that kick.

  38. squidlips82 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:15 AM

    Adrian Fumble Peterson

    Blair I Hooked it Walsh

    Gary I Missed it Anderson

    Paul Second Rate Allen

    Mike My Face Is Really Red Now Zimmer

    Minnesota We Just Don’t Win The Games That Count Vikings

    Teddy Small Hands Toiletwater

    The One And Done Vikings can keep their little division championship, It’s going to be a cold winter

    I can’t wait for the next chapter of……

    Minnesota We Think Division Championships Are The Superbowl Vikings

    LOL….. LOL…. snort…..snort

  39. nfl1818 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:17 AM

    As a Pats fan 2 yards a carry looks about right.

    Maybe after 16 failures you try something else.

    Maybe you look at the OL. And the Vikings OL is the only one in tact for the playoffs.

    Maybe you just don’t Fumble with a lead in the fourth quarter.

    Sounds like he is admitting fault in a general way for his overall yards which isn’t saying much because everyone knows you can’t run on these guys.

  40. vikingdoode says: Jan 11, 2016 8:18 AM

    He needs to take some heat. 7 fumbles 4 lost and when the big game is bright he’s a non factor. Yes the Viking got this far with really a make shift o-line

  41. gopackgocausecowboysblow says: Jan 11, 2016 8:21 AM

    G.O.A.T. RB Walter ‘Sweetness’ Payton
    C.O.A.T. RB Adrian ‘drop the ball’ Peterson

    Stupid
    Kind
    Of
    Logic!!!!!!!!

  42. realfootballfan says: Jan 11, 2016 8:21 AM

    Yep, let’s blame the All Pro RB, not the kicker who missed an FG less than an extra point that Peterson btw got him close enough to with his last 9 yards. Seattle’s defense, pretty good. This is asinine analysis by anyone pushing it. Blame it on who lost the game, the idiot kicker as Peyton Manning once said.

  43. mark1021 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:22 AM

    You mean the Vikings lost the game yesterday? How can that be? The purple trolls have been telling us for a year they were the greatest team in the history of the NFL. Oh well, I guess they’ll have to go back to celebrating their annual off-season championship. SKOL LOL

  44. spammerscrammer says: Jan 11, 2016 8:22 AM

    Don’t think AP had too many chances to break through the hawks D. But committing to the run was obviously part of the plan for controlling the clock and giving their rookie QB a chance to complete some passes.
    I think AP did not understand the bigger picture, got frustrated by the lack of yards.
    Then he finally breaks through, got overly excited and forgot that hanging on to ball was the key to winning, not getting 5 extra yards.
    I suppose that there is a burden of being The Great Adrian Peterson. You are the man and you are going to win the game with your superpowers.
    Vikings mostly played a smart disciplined game that should have gotten them the W.
    But if you can’t kick and hang on to the ball, you can’t win in the NFL.

  45. gtodriver says: Jan 11, 2016 8:27 AM

    It takes a big man to step up and take the blame.

    He could just sit back and let Walsh take the blame – as Walsh missed what should have been an easy kick.

    For those that think he held the Vikings hostage – he actually resigned for less money – but with incentives tied to how far the Vikings made it in the playoffs.

    But don’t let the truth get in the way of your rants…

  46. Rdog says: Jan 11, 2016 8:29 AM

    I can’t find any Vikings fans around here… They were all over the place last week. What happened? #SKOL, whatever that means

  47. REDSKINSFOREVER says: Jan 11, 2016 8:29 AM

    Wow, hate Peterson much?

    From what I remember of watching that game Seattle was selling out on the run. Which was good because that left diggs to constantly break free in 1v1. There was maybe 3-4 times Peterson could fit through a small hole created by the line. Guess it’s also Bridgewaters fault that Bennett was in his face all game. Could just be the Vikings terrible oline was abused all game.

  48. vetdana says: Jan 11, 2016 8:31 AM

    Any team that makes it to the play offs should be able to play all 4 Quarters and make enough plays to win.The teams who go on, usually win by only a small number of plays.This is exactly what we saw.The Vikes were 2 or 3 plays short of enough to win the game.The next rounds are going to get even tougher with the likes of Arizona and Carolina and their opponents are going to need their ” A” game to win.

  49. smokehouse56 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:31 AM

    To some people on PFT and many sports writers, every time a team loses a game they say they choked. Obviously they never played any team or individual sports, but talk a good game.

  50. tigobitties says: Jan 11, 2016 8:32 AM

    During that play I said “hold onto the ball”. Half second later it comes out. Big suprise. He didn’t even have the points of the ball covered. Carrying it like a loaf of bread. I know this is over reacting but man im ready to roll with McKinnon and let Teddy get into a groove

  51. ducks4remi says: Jan 11, 2016 8:33 AM

    I love it when karma sneaks up and punches someone right in the mouth! I guess this could apply not only to AP but the viking fan base as well.

    Skoal!

  52. boiler72 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:33 AM

    To Viking, is to Viking.

  53. conormacleod says: Jan 11, 2016 8:37 AM

    Boy, that article seemed a bit harsh. It was all on AP that he didn’t gain a ton of yards? Against the #1 rush defense? Did you even watch the game? On at least 4 handoffs the defense almost took the handoff before he did.

    Yes, the fumble was costly. No doubt. And of course the field goal kick. The coaches decided to play a super conservative game plan. And it almost worked.

    It was a team loss, from the coaches to the kicker. To blame one guy is just simple ignorance. 11-5. Division Champs. First round playoff loss. If anything, the Vikings overachieved this year. They’ll be back. And they’ll be better.

  54. flyiton says: Jan 11, 2016 8:38 AM

    Time to part ways with AP Makes to much $$ use the extra cash on the offensive line and let young Mikenen take over Great year for one of the youngest teams in football

  55. fwippel says: Jan 11, 2016 8:39 AM

    In the first game against the Seahawks, Peterson gained just 18 yard on 8 carries. While I understand the coaching staff’s dedication to the run, what they also did was handcuff the rest of the offense.

    Yes, Peterson’s fumble was costly, and likely cost the Vikings the game (along with Walsh’s inexplicable miss). But the play calling by Norv Turner has got to go. Peterson faded down the stretch as the season wore on, and the coaching staff’s determination to run at all costs has hindered the rest of the offense. This team has legitimate difference makers on their offense, Diggs, McKinnon, Wright, Rudolph, and even Pruitt.

    Peterson ran very well against lesser competition during the season, but against the better teams in the league, he got stuffed, and the Vikings did not adjust their play calling to address that.

    That Viking defense played stellar yesterday, and has a very bright future ahead of it. It’s time for the team’s offense to change its mindset, and gain the same killer instinct that Zimmer has instilled in the defense.

  56. headwoundharry says: Jan 11, 2016 8:39 AM

    Remember that old SNL skit where Belushi was playing Elizabeth Taylor when she choked to death on a chicken bone? That was funny. Yesterday was funnier!

  57. codythao35 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:44 AM

    That’s ok bc Vikings are like America and Packers are like Syria. Vikings will prevail and Packers will fail. Vikings will overcome and Packers will be done. We own the Packers since the league started.

  58. codythao35 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:47 AM

    I’d get rid of AP and uncle Norv. Bring in Chip Kelly. Norv had been limiting Teddy. He needs to release the beast with better O-line. That’s ok bc Vikings are like America and Packers are like Syria. Vikings will prevail and Packers will fail. Vikings will overcome and Packers will be done. We own the Packers since the league started.

  59. xmgmx says: Jan 11, 2016 8:48 AM

    The internet just makes me shake my head….

  60. peterawrhatred says: Jan 11, 2016 8:49 AM

    When it comes to the playoffs he’s the Peyton manning of running backs

  61. silverhat78 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:49 AM

    I don’t buy it. The Walsh could have sealed the deal for the Vikings but blew it.
    Walsh missed a 27 yard FG. Unacceptable.

  62. vikingforlife says: Jan 11, 2016 8:51 AM

    It’s a game, only a game to all of we who are are fans, to them, it is their job. To all of you who love to bash, if you mess up at work, do you get fired every time you do something wrong??? Probably not. You probably cover it up or something shady like that, because that ‘s how people that bully act. They answer for each and every error, just like they take each and every compliment. This team will come back better and stronger. I am proud to be a fan of the Minnesota Vikings! Have fun at the ProBowl, AP. Now, hopefully, some of our other guys will get a chance to go to Hawaii!!! (small consolation I know, but they should have been there in the first place!!!) SKOL!!!

  63. habsfanatic says: Jan 11, 2016 8:52 AM

    You know what? To me Peterson’s statements showed real leadership. Of course Walsh should have made that kick but Peterson stood up in front of the media and assumed his part in the loss, and such things don’t go unnoticed by teammates.

    Not sure about the media obsession with assigning blame, you win and lose as a team.

  64. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 11, 2016 8:56 AM

    “Adrian Peterson takes (and deserves) blame for Vikings’ loss”…”a football game is never won or lost on one play”
    ——————

    huh?

  65. r502 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:57 AM

    Bridgewater has to make some plays when it is clear that Peterson is not going to carry the day. Instead the Vikings try to hide the QB and play not to lose all day.

  66. j972 says: Jan 11, 2016 9:02 AM

    Sorry, but when you miss a chip shot FG that would win the game…it’s on YOU.

  67. mnjoemama says: Jan 11, 2016 9:02 AM

    I forgive Blair ,but I don’t forgive AP because of 09 .He isn’t smart enough to hold on to the football and not choke in big games period !!!!!! We will be stronger next year because of this …….. We comaaaan Skol Vikes

  68. josiewales69 says: Jan 11, 2016 9:02 AM

    maybe we could trade ap for joe Thomas we need oline help the most that being said good season vikes nobody thought you would even make the playoffs

  69. guitarkevin says: Jan 11, 2016 9:04 AM

    Vikings should have won.

    Ravens fan.

  70. isphet71 says: Jan 11, 2016 9:05 AM

    As a Lions fan I can tell you that this is reminiscent of Barry in the playoffs. He had some awful games when it counted most. Only broke 100 rushing yards once out of 6 playoff games.

    I don’t care who you are as an RB. If the other team completely sells out and decides they are going to stop the run at all costs, there isn’t anything that RB can do about it.

    The passing game has to be good enough to keep the other team honest, and the coaches have to be able to take advantage of a team so focused on stopping the run. This is a coaching/Bridgewater failure in my mind much more than it is about AP failing.

  71. sbaltimore says: Jan 11, 2016 9:10 AM

    “Adrian Peterson takes (and deserves) blame for Vikings’ loss”…”a football game is never won or lost on one play”

    Wrong. Close football games are often won/lost on one play. And in this instance, it was Walsh who clearly lost the game.

  72. sdsmooth says: Jan 11, 2016 9:11 AM

    Huge Vikes fan here. The refs were terrible. They always are when we lose.

  73. myeaglescantwin says: Jan 11, 2016 9:13 AM

    AP only fumbles when he’s fighting for the extra yard.

    In most cases it works out for him,
    Some cases it doesn’t

    Can’t blame him for giving his all.. but ball security is a major liability in his nearly perfect play style & skill set.

  74. thetooloftools says: Jan 11, 2016 9:18 AM

    :0( poor baby

  75. 4sacroc says: Jan 11, 2016 9:20 AM

    Igloo of Sadness.

  76. northernpackfan says: Jan 11, 2016 9:24 AM

    conormacleod says:
    Jan 11, 2016 8:37 AM

    It was a team loss, from the coaches to the kicker. To blame one guy is just simple ignorance. 11-5. Division Champs. First round playoff loss. If anything, the Vikings overachieved this year. They’ll be back. And they’ll be better.
    ———————————————————
    That’s not necessarily true. Over the past 9 times the Vikings finished 1st in the NFC Central/North, they have finished the next year in 3rd or worse 6 times, and have only managed to win the division once.

    Now, I know that Zimmer is than Dennis Green and Brad Childress, but still, it isn’t a promising trend.

  77. rlpftt says: Jan 11, 2016 9:25 AM

    Maybe if that bust, baby handed QB could make a play, they could have one. You don’t win a playoff game by kicking FG’s anymore!

    The Vikings Still Suck!

  78. chadisme417 says: Jan 11, 2016 9:26 AM

    Didn’t Blair Walsh score all the Vikings points in the entire game? So yeah, he misses the game winner. But the argument can be made that he was only reason they were in the game at all. That offense was worse than pitiful

  79. ninerfan81 says: Jan 11, 2016 9:29 AM

    nah, the kicker should’ve made the 27 yard field goal…point blank

  80. rlpftt says: Jan 11, 2016 9:30 AM

    The Vikings overachieved this game, and the entire season. I see the Vikings falling back next year to a 7-9 team. Bridgewater is just not a good QB, and AP is looking old. The D will be top notch, but that won’t be enough.

  81. dtroxallday says: Jan 11, 2016 9:30 AM

    Ok, ok, blame the o-line. Isn’t part of being a great running back being able to make people miss now and then and to hold onto the ball?

  82. lambeaurules says: Jan 11, 2016 9:32 AM

    What no one seems to be recognizing on blaming Walsh for losing the game is that he was the ONLY player to score ANY points in this game. That being said, I feel pretty bad for the Vikings in that one. They battled hard the entire game and to lose that way is heartbreaking regardless of what team you are a fan of. THE NFCN is going to be a battle between the Vikings and my Packers for years to come. Should be a fun ride!

  83. Getoffmylawn! says: Jan 11, 2016 9:34 AM

    edukator4 says:
    Jan 11, 2016 7:57 AM

    anyone who watched that game knows the lack of yardage was not his fault. the play calling was telegraphed
    —————————
    That’s true. What idiot head coach calls a fumble that late in the game? At least he had the right personnel on the field for that play!

  84. seatownballers says: Jan 11, 2016 9:41 AM

    I only came to read the excuses

  85. vikingforlife says: Jan 11, 2016 9:44 AM

    You REALLY don’t know what you are talking about. While none of us have a crystal ball (I believe that would include YOU) This team shows ONLY signs of improving which means. Yes, AP is getting older (still got the rushing title, though, didn’t he???), but we do have STUD RB right behind him in McKinnon! And all TB has shown is that he improves and learns with EACH and EVERY game. I have no idea if you are a troll or a Viking fan or not, but learn about the team before you make statements like that. For our sake, I pray you are not one of our fans, because we do not need fans like YOU!

  86. h0metownzero says: Jan 11, 2016 9:45 AM

    3rd year RB Eddie Lacy already has twice as many career playoff wins.

    Better football.

    For better people.

  87. jolly1234 says: Jan 11, 2016 9:52 AM

    Trade AP for Joe Thomas straight up. Cleveland needs a LOT of help, and MN needs to close the turnstile that is left tackle.

  88. realitycheckbaby says: Jan 11, 2016 9:52 AM

    Yes he should have made the kick but remember he did make three kicks previously, incl one from 47 which given the conditions was unbelievable.

    Tough loss. Very impressed by Viking’s game plan and defense.

    Seattle’s game plan was horrid. They should have run, run and run more but apparently thought they could blow it open.

    Vikes, this reminds me of Hawks somewhat fluky loss to Atlanta in playoffs, the SB win next season.

    Great game.

  89. CallingYouOut says: Jan 11, 2016 10:04 AM

    That was not the game any of us were expecting – admit it. Vikes looked legit. A boring and conservative game plan against a top 3 team in the league (sorry AFC, none of your teams are up there) had them on the 10 yard line with 26 seconds left. They did not execute.

    It’s been said here already, but if the Vikings get an o-line in front of Teddy and whoever the RB will be long term they will be playoff fixtures for years to come.

  90. v2787 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:04 AM

    I’m a Vikings fan and am bitterly disappointed in the outcome of the playoff game. However, I console myself with knowing that, as many times as the Vikings have lost heartbreakers in the playoffs over the years, at least we aren’t the Cleveland Browns.

  91. bordner says: Jan 11, 2016 10:05 AM

    But… but… it was so cold! The Hawks will never be able to play well in that kind of weather!

    AP shouldn’t take the blame, he should take the credit for helping the vikings extend their own NFL records for futility. No other team has lost as many wild card games. No other team has lost as many playoff games. No other team has as many one-and-done playoff appearances.

  92. jolly1234 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:06 AM

    seatownballers says:
    Jan 11, 2016 9:41 AM
    I only came to read the excuses

    And yet the only one you heard was from Pete Carroll blaming offensive ineptitude on the headsets… ouch.

  93. toykofilthblasterlovespftpoet says: Jan 11, 2016 10:10 AM

    Arizona spanks Packers 2.0 in Glendale!

  94. dobberdubinsky says: Jan 11, 2016 10:10 AM

    jagsfanugh says:
    Jan 11, 2016 8:02 AM

    I didn’t know they kicked with laces facing the foot. To me the blame is on the holder.
    ———————————————–

    Absolutely it is. THE FIX IS IN,THE FIX IS IN!! 4
    FG attempts, 4 near perfect snaps, Locke could only get the laces out twice. Also, why wasnt the ball the kicked from the center of the field when we ran the ball 3 meaningless clock killing times previous……and why were those clock killing carries given to the Lord of the Fumbles? Peterson’s ass should have been planted firmly on the bench at the that time. McKinnon can kill the clock without fumbling. I smell something fishy, very fishy.

  95. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 11, 2016 10:11 AM

    WHAT?!

    The Vikings lost?

    It’s so weird. Vikings fans were saying all week that the Packers didn’t have a chance. Also, the home team in he playoffs has a huge advantage. It seems like–and correct me if I’m wrong here–that the Vikings choked it away.

    The 27 yard choke. Wide left. The child beater bungle. Same old Vikings.

    Which one would you like to hear ALL OFFSEASON?

    The Packers, no matter what, are now exceeding expectations. No matter what they do, they will be better than the Vikings this year.

    Again.

    Enjoy the next 8 months.

    >

  96. hscdaw says: Jan 11, 2016 10:13 AM

    Guy predicts a 2500 yard season, let’s set some realistic goals AP! One would be to hold on to the damn ball.

  97. vikingforlife says: Jan 11, 2016 10:25 AM

    The Packers are exceeding expectations??? Weren’t they supposed to win the division?

  98. 4sacroc says: Jan 11, 2016 10:27 AM

    Another season.

    Still zero pelts on the wall.

    #NeverWonJack

  99. playthegamelikejohnhannah says: Jan 11, 2016 10:30 AM

    One unnoticed key was that Peterson ran all the way to the left hash on the last play. It appeared that Seattle set their line to entice this. Walsh had been kicking from dead on or slightly right all day. Having as much of an angle from so close was a brilliant move by Carroll if he coached that.

  100. dobberdubinsky says: Jan 11, 2016 10:32 AM

    How much was Locke paid for not getting those laces facing the right way?

  101. stiffarm13 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:32 AM

    the refs and NFL were trying to give this one to the Vikings with the horrible PI call on the final drive where Rudolph bulldozes straight into Chancellor and flails his arms like a lil girl….if anything that was Offensive PI….also in a league where they say “there is holding on every play” there wasn’t a single offensive holding call on the Vikings which I think brings it to three games without a holding call….their DB’s are also constantly holding and tugging the jersey and making illegal contact after 5 yards that never gets called ….also,only time it’s called on offense is when the call has no affect on the play …. and on defense it’s only called when Xavier Holds absolutely mugs the guy or tackles him before the pass arrives ….the Vikings were the darling choice of the NFL and the kicker blew it for them

  102. kissmysandwich says: Jan 11, 2016 10:33 AM

    Norv! deserves most of the blame. It took him 3+ quarters to figure out that running Peterson was not working. It’s not Peterson’s fault that the o-line was getting dominated. He had 3-4 guys on him as soon as he touched the ball most of the day.

    Norv! needed to stop being stubborn and go with the quick passes. As soon as they actually did do that, they were moving the ball well.

    The 3 shots at the end zone from inside the 10 yard line and no TD cost them the game. 2 Peterson runs into 10 man fronts and then an awful screen pass to McKinnon not even in the endzone? Horrible play calling. Needed a TD there and the game would have been iced.

  103. btjorgensen says: Jan 11, 2016 10:34 AM

    I was at the game and there were holes for Peterson, but they closed up in a hurry. Kudos to Seattle’s defense. It was the same for the Vikings D, they did a phenomenal job of closing in on Seattle’s run game, and pass game for most.

    Walsh’s miss was tough, but had the Vikings managed one TD that game probably would’ve been different, for that I blame the coaches. They need to be more creative or next year will be more of the same…playing for Field Goals.

    Sadly, Peterson is part of the problem.

  104. spoiledsport99 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:34 AM

    Not a fan of either team or AP but to only blame him for this one isn’t right. The kicker shanked an 27 yarder and the Vikings coaches insisted on trying running plays into a stacked box. Maybe make some adjustments on offense and trust your QB a little. They were so conservative it seemed like they were ok with playing for field goals and it bit them in the end. Maybe next year Vikings fans that was a heartbreaker, feel for you.

  105. Goodnight Vikes Fans says: Jan 11, 2016 10:37 AM

    The Packers are exceeding expectations??? Weren’t they supposed to win the division?
    ——
    Yes. Until they lost their Top 5 WR. You should rejoice. They let you squeak in and taste what success feels like for a year, even if you couldn’t win an actual playoff game.

  106. gwhite13 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:37 AM

    After the horrible PUFF piece in sports illustrated that tried to rehab this disgusting persons reputation. All directed by Park ave.

    The NFL has AP, and greg hardy as roll models.

    Mr. integrity, yea, what a joke.

  107. Goodnight Vikes Fans says: Jan 11, 2016 10:38 AM

    Trade AP for Joe Thomas straight up. Cleveland needs a LOT of help, and MN needs to close the turnstile that is left tackle.
    —————-
    Like the Browns would trade a franchise LT with many years left in the NFL for an old and washed up RB who might have one good season if he’s lucky……and can han onto the football.

  108. thejuddstir says: Jan 11, 2016 10:40 AM

    So many blame Walsh, blame AP posts. Every NFL game has an amount of plays by different players that changes the outcome of a game, just as Officials do……if this, then that is always available for fans. Biggest fault of the Vikings is the consistent inconsistency of one Teddy Bridgewater. 14 freakin’ TD’s in 18 games, ZERO td’s in the past 2 games. Why do you think Peterson struggles to get yds? When a defense has absolutely no respect for the QB and his passing abilities it becomes quite easy to stack the box with 8-9 guys and stop the run. Just as the run opens up the pass, so too does the pass open up the run. Any fan with an ounce of football I.Q. knows that if a team sells out to stop a particular player, it’s not hard to do. Unfortunately, too many Vikings fans think TB stands for Tom Brady and they continue to blame every other player, coach, waterboy, mascot etc. instead of their precious TB.

  109. tommykramer9 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:42 AM

    AP is HALF the back he used to be it’s time to cut the cord and let him go back to Texas. He is a fumble Champion and thats it at this point in his career. The play calling throughout the game was gutless. To TRY and Win you need to make plays NOT take what they give you.

  110. wahoo21 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:44 AM

    Yup……y’all got Norv’ed

  111. minneanderthals says: Jan 11, 2016 10:45 AM

    I’m glad the Packers threw the division.

    Now we can at least say that we didn’t lose a playoff game FFS.

  112. stiffarm13 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:47 AM

    vikingforlife says:
    Jan 11, 2016 10:25 AM
    The Packers are exceeding expectations??? Weren’t they supposed to win the division?

    —————————————————————-

    Let’s get real here….the Packers have been decimated by injuries….and still made it to playoffs ….and won their first game….the Vikings on the other hand have had no serious injuries,were the only team in NFL to have the same starting O-line EVERY game and seemed to have the luck of the draw on the schedule as far as playing teams at the right time….by that I mean, playing teams that were decimated by injuries, injuries to top players on either Offensive or Defensive side of ball or playing a team without it’s best player ,probably one of top players in league, because of suspension …. the Packers are down to 2nd and 3rd string offensive lineman …. I’d love to see what the Vikings would have that far down the depth chart as their starters,the same and only group together all year in the entire NFL, are horrible

  113. jdillydawg says: Jan 11, 2016 10:55 AM

    The way I see it, Walsh went 3 for 4 yesterday.

    The rest of the offense went 0 for a lot.

    Seriously, why did anyone but Walsh play yesterday? He was the only one scoring points.

    But sure, Viking fans, blame the one guy who actually put points on the board for you.

  114. bradygirl12 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:56 AM

    Peterson has always thought that he’s bigger than the team. He’s all about his stats. When he is gone,along with his gigantic ego, this team will be much better. McKinnon is a stud. Get an O-line and they will be fine.

  115. teambringitstrong says: Jan 11, 2016 10:59 AM

    Love the apologists putting this on the O line. AP was crowing about he’s the best so when you label yourself that, it’s all on you.

  116. oreo51 says: Jan 11, 2016 11:02 AM

    The Seahawks defense has a way of turning great offensive ball players into goats. He should have lunch with Peyton Manning who has not been the same since the 2014 Super Bowl.

  117. tyniewow says: Jan 11, 2016 11:05 AM

    The fumble was inexcusable but blaming him for not getting rushing yards when Seattle was in the backfield all day is stupid. When the passing game cannot make Seattle get out of 8 in the box it is not the running back’s fault.

  118. hugevikesfan says: Jan 11, 2016 11:05 AM

    We’ll see the Packers crying their eyes out after this week. They beat a team that had no business in the playoffs. See you sitting at home next week cheese heads. Go pack go home!!!

  119. minnescrotums says: Jan 11, 2016 11:06 AM

    Marshawn Lynch gave a better performance yesterday.

  120. mvp43 says: Jan 11, 2016 11:09 AM

    hugevikesfan says:
    Jan 11, 2016 11:05 AM

    We’ll see the Packers crying their eyes out after this week. They beat a team that had no business in the playoffs. See you sitting at home next week cheese heads. Go pack go home!!!

    —————————————–

    You may be right about that, but at least we’re still playing.

  121. dobberdubinsky says: Jan 11, 2016 11:15 AM

    Never thought ID say this being a Vikes fan, but it’s time to move on from Peterson.

  122. nflpoker says: Jan 11, 2016 11:15 AM

    It is too easy to blame Walsh in losing the game. You lose a game as a team. Case in point is Peterson’s knack for fumbling, particular in big games. Also, there is an offensive line that can be compared to swiss cheese, which was hurting both the passing and running games.

    As one football coach said, “If you lose a game because one play didn’t work for you, then you weren’t meant to win the game”.

    The Vikings team were the goats, not Walsh.

  123. tjacks7 says: Jan 11, 2016 11:16 AM

    I said it all year and people thought I was crazy. But Adrian Peterson and Norv Turner are the biggest problem. All AP cares about is his touches and Norv will force feed him the ball.

    Without AP the Vikings can go into the shotgun a lot more. Teddy is better and the running back is a receiving and rushing threat.

    Watching Norv force feed Peterson on first and second down only to get to 3rd and 6 at best, usually 3rd and 8, makes me sick to my stomach. I don’t know what the box score says but I would guess AP had 54 carries for 35 yards yesterday.

  124. masher1965 says: Jan 11, 2016 11:17 AM

    There is no doubt Peterson deserves some blame, but to ignore the offensive line is insane. Look, NO RUNNING BACK can be effective if their offensive line is dominated all day, like the Vikings offensive line was in the run game, The Seahawks decided to take Peterson out of the game and did so. Peterson was held to no gain or a loss on 5 out of 23 carries, that is 21.7 percent of his carries, that alone shows part of the dominance. The Vikings failed to make adjustments to loosen up the Seahawks defense and as the article pointed out, football games do not come down to one play. The head coach and O.C. either never adjusted or couldn’t adjust.

  125. drudema says: Jan 11, 2016 11:20 AM

    Karma. It is nice to see him take the blame for something for a change though.

  126. Goodnight Vikes Fans says: Jan 11, 2016 11:21 AM

    All AP cares about is his touches and Norv will force feed him the ball.
    —————
    Norv doesn’t want Teddy throwing the ball unless it’s necessary. It’s not that hard to understand. Teddy is a mediocre QB who has poise but lacks the physical talent. Norv tries to work around that by letting Teddy throw only when necessary.

    Gotta keep the down and distance short when you have a checkdown QB with a noodle arm.

  127. granadafan says: Jan 11, 2016 11:22 AM

    ravensdominate says:
    Jan 11, 2016 7:35 AM
    This is the sports version of wussification / PCism in America. It is Blair Walsh’ fault they lost.
    ========================================

    Trump supporters are once again showing their ignorance about football/sports and their lack of compassion for others. To blame only Walsh is just plain stupid. As to the so-called “wussification”, that makes absolutely zero sense in any sort of context and is just incorrect.

  128. dobberdubinsky says: Jan 11, 2016 11:24 AM

    stiffarm13 says:
    Jan 11, 2016 10:47 AM

    Let’s get real here….the Packers have been decimated by injuries….and still made it to playoffs ….and won their first game….the Vikings on the other hand have had no serious injuries,were the only team in NFL to have the same starting O-line EVERY game and seemed to have the luck of the draw on the schedule as far as playing teams at the right time….by that I mean, playing teams that were decimated by injuries, injuries to top players on either Offensive or Defensive side of ball or playing a team without it’s best player ,probably one of top players in league, because of suspension …. the Packers are down to 2nd and 3rd string offensive lineman …. I’d love to see what the Vikings would have that far down the depth chart as their starters,the same and only group together all year in the entire NFL, are horrible

    ========================

    You know what’s real,the fact that Sullivan and Loadholt went down in the pre-season with season ending injuries but judging by your above comments you probably don’t know who they are….they are the Vikes starting C and RT. So don’t go rambling on about topics you have no clue about…..Get healthy Johnny and Phil!! Next year is our year!

  129. Goodnight Vikes Fans says: Jan 11, 2016 11:30 AM

    You know what’s real,the fact that Sullivan and Loadholt went down in the pre-season with season ending injuries but judging by your above comments you probably don’t know who they are….they are the Vikes starting C and RT.
    ———–
    I’m sure you also took notice during the broadcast where they mentioned that the Vikings O-line was the only line in the entire NFL to play every game together this year.

    Continuity is a big advantage for an o-line. That is an advantage rather than having to re-shuffle due to injuries. And losing Loadholt wasn’t a loss. He’s horrible.

  130. toolkien says: Jan 11, 2016 11:32 AM

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  131. stellarperformance says: Jan 11, 2016 11:39 AM

    Walsh is shouldering the blame, and he should. Its a chip-shot. You have to make those. Peterson has to go. He’s not the factor he should be. He demanded the script be written around him, and they complied! It’s one thing to win the regular season rushing title…..if it’s important to the individual. It’s another to deliver when it counts, which he cannot do.

    Anybody that thinks this Viking offense is “ready” to be elite, is wearing purple colored glasses. They need the improvements a Peterson trade might bring.

    The Packers haven’t been much better, but certainly equal. And playing well in the post-season is what it’s all about.

  132. nflnfl13 says: Jan 11, 2016 11:39 AM

    Peterson’s game has been exposed for all to see. The D has to stay in their gaps for the entire play and eliminate the jump cut usually to the outside.

  133. jvw1982 says: Jan 11, 2016 11:40 AM

    One thing we have to remember, the Viking and Bengals are just a cleaned up version of the Browns….they may look like a real team, have a good season but when it counts they revert back to who they are….they choke and they have some sketchy players….Vikings have the boat incident and child abuser throw in the big mouth punter (remember him) the Bengals had TO and Ocho and now the two knuckle heads that cost them the game…..the histories are similar…

  134. vikingferd says: Jan 11, 2016 11:48 AM

    @stiffarm13

    – It’s funny how uninformed Packer fans “know” everything about rival teams. Fist of all, the Vikings having the same starting O-line for EVERY game is a misnomer. 2 of their REAL starters we injured in the preseason and were put on IR and they had to shuffle them around with 2 backups. No matter how much you want to believe the O-Line was comprised of “STARTERS,” it was make-shift with guys playing out of position, which is why Teddy got sacked so much.

  135. jeydrade says: Jan 11, 2016 11:50 AM

    As a GB fan, I am not going to come on here and bash a good team. MIN has a suffocating defense, and usually one of the better RBs in the game.

    However, AP seems to fumble in every big play I see him in. I know it has always been an issue with him, but I would have thought he could fix it given his immense talent. The fumble didn’t lose the game, but it contributed. The rate in which he does it is alarming.

    I am not really sure how Walsh missed that kick either. Inexcusable miss, I don’t care which way the laces are. My best guess is just a lack on concentration. It happens I guess, but that’s a tough way to lose.

  136. homegrowntalentmn says: Jan 11, 2016 11:53 AM

    I hate you ap. Hope you get traded now

  137. stiffarm13 says: Jan 11, 2016 11:53 AM

    dobberdubinsky says:
    Jan 11, 2016 11:24 AM
    stiffarm13 says:
    Jan 11, 2016 10:47 AM

    Let’s get real here….the Packers have been decimated by injuries….and still made it to playoffs ….and won their first game….the Vikings on the other hand have had no serious injuries,were the only team in NFL to have the same starting O-line EVERY game and seemed to have the luck of the draw on the schedule as far as playing teams at the right time….by that I mean, playing teams that were decimated by injuries, injuries to top players on either Offensive or Defensive side of ball or playing a team without it’s best player ,probably one of top players in league, because of suspension …. the Packers are down to 2nd and 3rd string offensive lineman …. I’d love to see what the Vikings would have that far down the depth chart as their starters,the same and only group together all year in the entire NFL, are horrible

    ========================

    You know what’s real,the fact that Sullivan and Loadholt went down in the pre-season with season ending injuries but judging by your above comments you probably don’t know who they are….they are the Vikes starting C and RT. So don’t go rambling on about topics you have no clue about…..Get healthy Johnny and Phil!! Next year is our year!

    ————————————————————-

    you mean Phil Load-Hold(ing) or false starting …. and the overrated turnstile John Sullivan….hahahaha…..Homer talk again….you obviously don’t realize that ProFootballFocus had Berger as it’s top rated Center for the year….and you must not realize those two were there last year and that O-line was just as bad if not worse than this year …. your excuses don’t even make sense

  138. fartweasel says: Jan 11, 2016 11:54 AM

    Peterson is done in MN. He has fumbled his last post-season football. Good riddance.

    Walsh gets the blame when in fact he is the only player on the team that scored a point yesterday, no wait, he scored all the points for them yesterday.

    Norv Turner needs to be set out to pasture. His glory days are done.

    New OC, new and healthy offensive line help and this team will be relevant again in 2016.

    Was a good year as they outperformed expectations and took the NFC North crown from the packers.

    Vikes on the rise.

  139. mnfaninil says: Jan 11, 2016 11:59 AM

    AP is a phenomenal RB, but it is clear this team was better offensively last season with Teddy as a rookie and Asiata and McKinnon in the backfield. The reason is the offense was much more diverse. This year the offense consisted of AP 95% of the time up the gut on 1st down. Granted the OL is playing with 3 new starters due to injury, but Teddy was regularly looking at 2nd and long.

    The days of AP breaking about every 10th run for a big gain are over. He will be 31 next year, he refuses to take the 3-4 yard gain as he rarely hits the hole hard, he dances around looking for a seem for a big gain that isn’t there. McKinnon is a heck of a RB and nobody runs harder than Asiata. Ask any Viking fan how they feel when AP is on the sideline on offesence, there is a sense of, “ok, now here we go”.

  140. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 11, 2016 12:03 PM

    There’s plenty of blame to go around for this loss, but Peterson is a huge part of it. We’re told you have to give him the ball 25 times no matter how bad he’s doing because one of those carries he’s going to break it. Well, there’s just as good a chance that one of those carries he’ll fumble. This offense is stuck in the 1950’s because Adrian can’t do anything but run the ball, and he isn’t doing that too well lately. Teddy’s development suffered because of Adrian’s presence. You’re never going to have a good offense if you insist on running the ball on first down 16 times a game. Peterson showed in the last six games that he’s old, with 366 yards on 113 carries (3.2). He can’t handle a 300-carry season and he’s worthless if he doesn’t get 20 carries a game. Dump Peterson!

  141. squackduckhawk says: Jan 11, 2016 12:11 PM

    I just wanted to give credit to Teddy Bridgewater. I have been a pretty harsh critic of that kid. I fully expected him to be exploited for the young quarterback that he is, but he held poise, made smart decisions, and hit his receivers in the hands on every throw. There are not a lot of qbs in the league who can pull that off against the Seahawks.
    Good game Vikings.

  142. icebowler says: Jan 11, 2016 12:20 PM

    The team that scored an actual touchdown won. Seems right and just.

  143. atthemurph says: Jan 11, 2016 12:21 PM

    Fumblina fumbled. Who would have thought that?

    When is anyone going to state what is obvious to anyone who knows about NFl special teams play, that the vikings snapper isn’t good enough to get the ball back with the laces in the right position for the holder?

    Real NFL snappers are good enough to send the ball back with the same amount of rotation EVERY time. Rarely does a holder have to try to spin the ball to move the laces. That’s a college or HS snap.

    Nevertheless, the vikings choked again. We all knew they would didn’t we? We know that God hasn’t invented yet all the different ways He will to screw that franchise.

  144. skolvikingscom says: Jan 11, 2016 12:22 PM

    You know that people shouldn’t post when they don’t know what they are talking about. If you have watched the Vikings all year, you would know that the one place the Vikings are hurting is there offensive line. Peterson rushed for 1500 yards behind a line that is constantly letting him get hit in the backfield. Yes he rushed for only 45 yards yesterday, but if you watched the game of his 23 rushes, I would venture to say that 15-18 of them he was hit in the backfield. It is hard to gain much when that is happening. As far as the fumble, he had is off hand pinned against his back by a tackler when he was going down and the other seahawk made a great play to rip it out. Yes it hurts, but no one is yelling at him when he is grinding it out to gain another yard or two and doesn’t fumble. As far as Teddy goes. They are doing a great job with him. He is very slowly becoming a top qb. each game they are stretching him out. Think of what might happen if behind this line, they would constantly put him in a 7 step drop and would get drilled on every other pass play. He would start getting gun shy and probably would ruin his career. If you “watch” the Vikes you would see that he is improving his downfield accuracy and making a few more passes.

    Realize that as far as the Vikings came this year they were a pleasant surprise and there future is only brighter barring injuries as they have almost everyone on the defensive side signed for the long run and with an improved offensive line, there offense will only get better.

    Vikings fans stick together and don’t listen to the crap that some put out there. Zimmer is the coach and this team is for real. Like he said after the Packers game last week. Get used to the Vikings winning a lot of games in the future. I am for one excited for next year already.

    SKOL Vikings.

  145. atleastidontliveinwi says: Jan 11, 2016 12:23 PM

    A TRUE VIKINGS FAN HERE, No fricken bandwagon jumper and I am very proud of this young team. Good Luck to the rest of the teams still in it.
    See Yall next year

  146. kev86 says: Jan 11, 2016 12:23 PM

    regardless, you have to make a 27 yard FG.

    was it set up on left hash by design?

  147. rlpftt says: Jan 11, 2016 12:25 PM

    rlpftt says:
    Jan 11, 2016 9:30 AM

    The Vikings overachieved this game, and the entire season. I see the Vikings falling back next year to a 7-9 team. Bridgewater is just not a good QB, and AP is looking old. The D will be top notch, but that won’t be enough.

    ___________________________________

    Wow, sounds exactly like your pathetic Lions last season!

    HAHAHAHAHA!

    LoLions!!

  148. douglasldennison says: Jan 11, 2016 12:26 PM

    No. The kicker lost it.

  149. Goodnight Vikes Fans says: Jan 11, 2016 12:26 PM

    Every year Adrian Peterson goes into the season yapping about how he’s going to rush for 2500 yards and how he is the best RB ever. He’s more concerned about his personal achievements than the team. Beat my son…give me more money for disrespecting me.

    The problem is that he is the only thing that takes pressure off of Bustwater’s mediocre talent which is very evident after 2 years. He plays with poise, but doesn’t have the athleticism and arm talent to be anything more than Tavaris PonderJack 2.0. Although those guys had stronger arms.

    With QB’s like Carr and Cousins, you can see that there is physical talent to work with and the game just needs to slow down for them. With Bridgewater, you can tell that he lacks the physical talent which will never be there.

  150. conormacleod says: Jan 11, 2016 12:29 PM

    mnfaninil says:
    Jan 11, 2016 11:59 AM
    AP is a phenomenal RB, but it is clear this team was better offensively last season with Teddy as a rookie and Asiata and McKinnon in the backfield.
    ——–
    You sure about that?

    2014: 7-9 record (6-9 without AP). They averaged 20.3 points a game.

    2015: 11-5. They averaged 23.9 points a game.

    Btw: Teddy’s numbers are pretty darn similar in both years. Only this year he lowered his interception total.

  151. conormacleod says: Jan 11, 2016 12:40 PM

    The Vikings have focused for two seasons on upgrading a horrible defense. Now, it is the offenses turn. This team went 11-5, with the only “upgrade” over last season being Mike Wallace (and drafting Diggs in the 5th round).

    They went 11-5 with two backups (one a rookie) on the offensive line the whole season!! It’s funny when people say they went the whole year with the same 5 starters on the line. They played ZERO games with their starting offensive line, and 16 games with two backups.

  152. Goodnight Vikes Fans says: Jan 11, 2016 12:40 PM

    2015: 11-5. They averaged 23.9 points a game.
    ——-
    22.8 according to NFL.com

  153. Goodnight Vikes Fans says: Jan 11, 2016 12:44 PM

    They played ZERO games with their starting offensive line, and 16 games with two backups.
    ————
    Problem is that the backups are better than the starters. Sullivan regressed in 2014 and Loadholt is an absolute disaster. 16 games together as a unit is all any team can hope for. Now if you can only get Kalil to get injured next year!

  154. conormacleod says: Jan 11, 2016 12:44 PM

    flvikesfan says:
    Jan 11, 2016 7:39 AM
    Sure Peterson won the rushing title but I would trade him for a thousand yard back who can hold onto the ball and can find the end zone!
    ————-
    AP also lead the league with 11 rushing TD’s. So which thousand yard back that scores less would you like to trade him for?

  155. purpledieselgoldsmoke says: Jan 11, 2016 12:46 PM

    THIS IS A TEAM EFFORT AS A VIKINGS FAN IM HAPPY MY TEAM PLAYED GREAT AGAINST THE CHAMPS. ANYONE THAT PLAYS OR PLAYED SPORTS SHOULD KNOW. THIS JUST SHOWS ME THAT MOST OF THESE BENCHWARMERS HAVE ALOT OF ANGER.

    HEY MIKE F. SORRY YOU DIDNT GET TO PLAY ON THE FIELD AS A KID!!

    ANYONE THAT SAYS WE NEED TO GET RID OF WALSCH AND AP ISNT A VIKING FAN OR A KNOWLEDGEABLE FOOTBALL FAN.
    WE HAVE MISCUES LIKE ANY OTHER GREAT TEAMS AND AS WARRIORS WE WILL PREVAIL!

    # SKOLL
    # WARRIORS
    # 2015 NORTH CHAMPS

  156. conormacleod says: Jan 11, 2016 12:47 PM

    nflnfl13 says:
    Jan 11, 2016 11:39 AM
    Peterson’s game has been exposed for all to see.
    ———-
    Yep. And it only took the NFL 10 years and the number one defense to do it. So there you go. All you need is the best rushing defense on a two time Superbowl team, and you can stop the NFL’s leading rusher.

    Defensive coordinators all over the NFL are thanking you for this “formula”.

  157. ducks4remi says: Jan 11, 2016 12:48 PM

    Well, that should put an end to all the “choke” and “one-and-done” comments from the purple trolls. You managed to do them both in one game. Well done!

    Skoal!

  158. conormacleod says: Jan 11, 2016 12:49 PM

    nfl1818 says:
    Jan 11, 2016 8:17 AM
    As a Pats fan 2 yards a carry looks about right.

    Maybe after 16 failures you try something else.

    Maybe you look at the OL. And the Vikings OL is the only one in tact for the playoffs.
    ————–
    The Vikings o-line was NEVER intact. They played zero games this year with their starters. Two back-ups, including a 4th round rookie, played 16 games. So that’s a total of 32 games missed (by player).

  159. vikingforlife says: Jan 11, 2016 12:49 PM

    Sounds like you’re a little obsessed with the Vikings, it’s ok though. It’s easy to see why. Great organization with a team that is totally on it’s way up!!! First step is to admit it, go ahead, there are plenty of us here to help you out! Can’t wait until next season everyone!!!

  160. Goodnight Vikes Fans says: Jan 11, 2016 12:49 PM

    Yep. And it only took the NFL 10 years and the number one defense to do it.
    ————
    The Saints didn’t have the number one defense when they caused him to fumble away the NFCCG.

  161. kevpft says: Jan 11, 2016 12:50 PM

    douglasldennison says:
    Jan 11, 2016 12:26 PM

    No. The kicker lost it.

    ==================

    No, the defense almost completely shut down the Seahawks, and the kicker scored all the team’s points. The rest of the offense is who lost it.

  162. claymaker23 says: Jan 11, 2016 12:54 PM

    THE LACES WERE IN!!! THE LACES WERE IN!!!

    The Mack truck was coming as Jim Rome said of the Seahawks and the bitter cold was on the Vikings side…

    No Walsh didn’t choke… It was just that simple… blame the holder it was his fault as Ray Finkle said…

    The Seahawks were actually the one that choked…but yes we know if was the headsets that’s why they were slow going, and nothing to do with the Vikings defense at all…right?

    But you won, because “The Laces Were In!”

  163. conormacleod says: Jan 11, 2016 1:02 PM

    rlpftt says:
    Jan 11, 2016 9:30 AM
    The Vikings overachieved this game, and the entire season. I see the Vikings falling back next year to a 7-9 team.
    ——–
    Logic says they improve the o-line, especially since it was hurt for all 16 games, and do even better next season.

    But then again, Packer fans rarely rely on logic.

  164. Goodnight Vikes Fans says: Jan 11, 2016 1:03 PM

    Let’s be honest, the Seahawks offense was not prepared for the cold. If this game was in Seattle or the temp was 30 degrees warmer, it would have been another bloodbath like the first game.

    Beaturson always chokes away playoff games and after 2 years, it’s clear that Teddy will be the next backup QB in Seattle in a year or two.

  165. conormacleod says: Jan 11, 2016 1:06 PM

    bordner says:
    Jan 11, 2016 10:05 AM
    But… but… it was so cold! The Hawks will never be able to play well in that kind of weather!
    ———–
    Ummmm….they didn’t play well in that weather. Their offense needed a busted play and a turnover to be able to get 10 points.

    Not sure what your point was here.

  166. therealzeitgeist says: Jan 11, 2016 1:07 PM

    Two times this past weekend a team playing clock-burn had feature back get smack-stripped by a savvy defense.

    Having QB just scramble around, then chuck it out-of-bounds, is smarter waste of time if wasting time is the goal.

  167. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 11, 2016 1:09 PM

    2) The Seattle Defense played not like a wild-card team, but like a team trying to return to a 3rd straight Super Bowl.

    —————————–

    Funny how people forget this. They held the other team to just field goals. They have done that for six straight weeks now besides St. Louis.

  168. conormacleod says: Jan 11, 2016 1:11 PM

    stiffarm13 says:
    Jan 11, 2016 10:47 AM
    vikingforlife says:
    Jan 11, 2016 10:25 AM
    The Packers are exceeding expectations??? Weren’t they supposed to win the division?

    —————————————————————-

    Let’s get real here….the Packers have been decimated by injuries….and still made it to playoffs ….and won their first game….the Vikings on the other hand have had no serious injuries
    ————–
    You clearly haven’t been paying attention. The Packers were down to 2nd stringers on their o-line? You don’t say! I wonder what that’s like. Oh ya, the Vikings played ZERO games with their starting center and starting right tackle this season. ZERO!! 32 missed game time by two offensive line starters.

    I guess you can call that “no serious injuries”. Every single NFL coach and QB would disagree with you.

  169. Goodnight Vikes Fans says: Jan 11, 2016 1:13 PM

    Logic says they improve the o-line, especially since it was hurt for all 16 games, and do even better next season.
    —————
    But logic doesn’t say that the Packers O-line gets healthy and adds Jordy Nelson back to the equation and do even better next season, right?

    Kalil and Loadholt are total garbage. If you are banking on him being an upgrade, then you haven’t been watching the Vikings very long.

  170. I'm not a football punk says: Jan 11, 2016 1:19 PM

    Big choke job by the Vikings. Again

  171. me817 says: Jan 11, 2016 1:21 PM

    Games are won by one play,…all the time. Any carpenter will tell you mistakes are made on the job, but a good carpenter knows how to fix them. The same is true in football. Lot’s of mistakes are made in every game but the real stars know how to fix them.

  172. elvoid says: Jan 11, 2016 1:35 PM

    Yeah – because Peterson failed to blast through all those wide-open holes the O-line was clearing for him.

    Sheesh.

  173. jh82208 says: Jan 11, 2016 1:37 PM

    Vikings fans really need to stop getting into petty arguments with Seahawks fans on here because in a week those same Seattle fans will be “diehard” Bronco or Panther fans. I’ve lived in the Northwest for 24 years and have never met a Seahawks fan until the last 5 years and all of those “fans” were self admitted Bronco, 49er or cowboys fans before that.

  174. expertatnfl says: Jan 11, 2016 1:42 PM

    The Vikings won the division and the Seahawks eked out a win. The 2015 Vikings will be remembered as the NFC North Champions. They were never going to win the SB anyhow, losing to the Seahawks in a very close game keeps their dignity.

    The Packers on the other hand are the NFC North Losers and only survive in a very disrespectful manner: They out-officiate their opponents. My guess is they will look pathetic again because they spend considerable practice time improving their methods to catch the defense off guard. As Troy Aikmen pointed out however, they are the ones that should be penalized for not being set in their “catch 12 men on the field” drill. This contrasts with the legitimate strength that the Vikings portrayed in 2015.

  175. conormacleod says: Jan 11, 2016 1:44 PM

    I’ve lived in the Northwest for 24 years and have never met a Seahawks fan until the last 5 years
    ———–
    I’ve lived in Minnesota for 23 years and have never met a Vikings fan until they have a winning record. So maybe like minds attract?

  176. conormacleod says: Jan 11, 2016 1:49 PM

    I have to say that I’m definitely not sold on Bridgewater. If we want to compete in the future, we need to draft another QB or trade for a QB with better physical skills than Teddy.

    I wouldn’t mind if Spielman took a flyer on RG3 to see if he can be the answer. He certainly wouldn’t do any worse.

  177. jgedgar70 says: Jan 11, 2016 1:51 PM

    I think Peterson’s play is hampered by that obnoxious horn. I was rooting for Minnesota, but gawd, that thing gets on your nerves!

  178. bondlake says: Jan 11, 2016 1:53 PM

    What do you expect for $14 million/year?

  179. conormacleod says: Jan 11, 2016 1:53 PM

    jged…, in case you didn’t see the photos on twitter, the horn crumbled into 4 pieces due to the cold. Look it up.

  180. tjacks7 says: Jan 11, 2016 2:12 PM

    The blame is squarely on the shoulders of Norv Turner. Most inept offensive coordinator and play-caller in the league. The Vikings have a bright future but Norv will single handedly ruin it if he isn’t fired this offseason.

    Yesterday was a classic example of a team “playing not to lose”… And losing because of it. Any coordinator with an ounce of life would have put that game away by the end of the 3rd quarter.

    Norv was in the red zone multiple times and made no attempt to score even one touchdown. Simply run on first (95% of the time), run on second (80% of the time), pass on third and long (95% of the time). This has been fairly consistent all year with a few abnormalities such as the Arizona game.

    His playcalling is so uncreative, vanilla, and predictable that I long for the days that Brad Childress was here running his offense.

  181. conormacleod says: Jan 11, 2016 2:18 PM

    tjacks,
    Don’t blame Turner. He’s just trying to work with what he has. We have a sub-par checkdown QB who can’t complete passes downfield. He’s trying to allow Teddy to be a game manager because that’s all he is capable of being.

    I hope we can address the situation in the offseason and get another QB in the draft or by trade.

  182. tjacks7 says: Jan 11, 2016 2:35 PM

    conormacleod says:

    tjacks,
    Don’t blame Turner. He’s just trying to work with what he has. We have a sub-par checkdown QB who can’t complete passes downfield. He’s trying to allow Teddy to be a game manager because that’s all he is capable of being.

    I hope we can address the situation in the offseason and get another QB in the draft or by trade.

    LOL, Teddy is a game manager because that’s how Norv poor gameplans choose to use him. Teddy has thrived every chance he’s gotten when the playbook was opened up.

  183. wallabear says: Jan 11, 2016 2:38 PM

    THAT is the problem with Team Purple: “All Day” (A.P.) believes that his team can’t win without him — same as the Cowboys with regard to Tony Roamo [sic]. At this stage, it is more than apparent that Teddy Bridgewater is never going to become a prolific passer like Cam(eron) Newton or Drew Brees, throwing down more than 3 TDs, on average, per game. Thus, Minnesota is going to need more than a Game Manager: a QB who consciously attempts to avoid throwing the ball down the field in order to avoid throwing an INT (e.g., Bridgewater, Alex Smith [Chiefs], Fitzpatrick [Jets] et al.). A quarterback must post points in order to win football games, and given the debacle with the Redskins recently, wherein their kicker missed a simple “chip shot” and thereby lost a chance to move further in the playoffs, you want to rely more on your quarterback than your kicker in order to win.

  184. ebdug says: Jan 11, 2016 2:54 PM

    “But a football game is never won or lost on one play. ”

    PUH-lease!

  185. chrisk61 says: Jan 11, 2016 3:02 PM

    smart money though AP needed 20 carries/75 yards for vikes offense to be sufficiently effective.

    if AP did that poorly vs seatt defense, other lesser backs may fare worse. minn kicker saved kam chancellor’s bacon.

    I would blame the kicker more than AP. yes he made 3 FGs earlier. but he missed the GW, a “chip shot that has to be made” to quote zim.

  186. emoney826 says: Jan 11, 2016 3:17 PM

    The next time I hear a viking fan bring up the packers NFC championship choke job, I’ll happily remind them of this game.

  187. conormacleod says: Jan 11, 2016 3:19 PM

    Teddy is a game manager because that’s how Norv poor gameplans choose to use him. Teddy has thrived every chance he’s gotten when the playbook was opened up.
    ———–
    Opening it up against horrible defenses is a lot different than good one’s. His limitations as a thrower are obvious. Arm strength and accuracy deep are his nemesis. Except for against the Cardinals when their D was stacking the box to shut down AP and he can throw up some prayers.

    He’s not the answer. Unfortunately.

  188. tjacks7 says: Jan 11, 2016 3:24 PM

    Opening it up against horrible defenses is a lot different than good one’s

    For what it’s worth Arizona and Denver both have top 5-10 defenses. Teddy lit them both up, granted he had to wait until Norv took the handcuffs off of him in the second half of the Denver game when he realized his game plan was horrible as usual.

  189. conormacleod says: Jan 11, 2016 3:32 PM

    Teddy only had good passing games when defenses were stacking the box completely focused on shutting down AP.

    When a D is completely selling out to shut him down, there are always going to be open WR’s running underneath checkdown routes. That’s what he hit. Look at who were the top leading receivers were: Rudolph and Wright out of the slot on crossing routes. Open all day because of the stacked box and attention to AP.

  190. frank booth says: Jan 11, 2016 3:37 PM

    tjacks7 says:
    Jan 11, 2016 2:35 PM

    LOL, Teddy is a game manager because that’s how Norv poor gameplans choose to use him. Teddy has thrived every chance he’s gotten when the playbook was opened up.
    =================================
    No he’s not. The only good game that really had was against the Bears.

    They let him throw some long passes in the Packers game, and he couldn’t make them. He only throws well to the flat or short passes. and he needs his receivers open. His completion pct is so high because he often sticks to throwing short, high percentage passes to open receivers, who are often tackled immediately.

    Norv has been in charge of, whether as a coordinator or a head coach, high performing passing offenses. In fact, when he took over the San Diego job as head coach, his 1st year, the pass offense wasn’t very good, and actually declined from the year before. After that, the pass offense was a Top 5 offense for 3 straight years, and in the Top 8 for one year after that.

  191. conormacleod says: Jan 11, 2016 3:38 PM

    If it is so easy as Norv taking the handcuffs off and not doing it in order to doom our offense, then his boss Zimmer should be fired.

  192. bambam4 says: Jan 11, 2016 5:36 PM

    What were the coaches thinking. Peterson should never have given the ball with a lead and time running out. Peterson has enough of a track record of fumbling, that they never should have risked it. Everyone knows that Adrian has a fumbling problem so why don’t Zimmer and Turner? They deserve the blame for such ignorance.

  193. rcpecook says: Jan 11, 2016 7:02 PM

    Adrian Peterson all the talent, nothing between the ears. A microcosm of the minnechokea organization and their fans.

  194. lp5710 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:45 PM

    I don’t think Viking fans are that upset today because they grew up in an era that has seen the Vikings losing the most playoff games I believe in any sport, or at least in the NFL, but you can all wear your North championship hats ,like it actually means anything.

  195. spinoza3 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:17 PM

    How about Minnesota Viking offense failing to get a touchdown? Do people in Minnesota put all their eggs in one basket? And Seahawk’s Richard Sherman having almost blocked the previous field-goal, forced the Viking offensive coordinator to hurry the kick. The Viking kicker Walsh went way off the mark as a result… Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman won this game for the Seahawks directly or indirectly…

  196. headwoundharry says: Jan 11, 2016 10:18 PM

    Queen Nation, you are still screaming like a baby, yes?

  197. headwoundharry says: Jan 11, 2016 10:20 PM

    I give Queen Nation about one more day to pull out of their hangovers and then we are going to hear it all over again, i.e. Minnesota is a team of destiny, Tiny Teddy is the GOAT………………….sigh.

    Anyone remember the old SNL skit where Belushi was playing Elizabeth Taylor choking to death on a chicken bone? That was funny. Yesterday was funnier!!

    America is laughing at Queen Nation!

  198. headwoundharry says: Jan 11, 2016 10:25 PM

    For what it’s worth Arizona and Denver both have top 5-10 defenses. Teddy lit them both up, granted he had to wait until Norv took the handcuffs off of him in the second half of the Denver game when he realized his game plan was horrible as usual.
    _____________________________________
    Teddy lost both of those games. Just sayin.

  199. headwoundharry says: Jan 11, 2016 10:27 PM

    Excuse me for asking, but what did happen to Teddy Touchdown yesterday? No endzone and he couldnt keep the offense on the field in the 4th quarter?? Wow, killer impressive.

  200. stunningtruth says: Jan 12, 2016 12:51 AM

    Without Ellison, no place to run

  201. thetruthstings says: Jan 12, 2016 3:50 AM

    Blame for the loss in order of F-ups #1 WALSH!!!!! #2 PETERSON!!! #3 BUSTWATER!!! #4 NORV TURNER # 5 ENTIRE OFFENSIVE LINE!!! #6 Officials! They gave Seattle a Cheap First down on the review when the Runner was Clearly Short!!! + Several No Calls including interferring with Mckinnon on a Sure Big Pass Play that he may have Scored On!!!

    The Play calling by Turner was NOT WINNING FOOTBALL!!! Way to conservative. In the first half we passed short of the Endzone instead of In the Endzone. That 4 Points would have won us the game! Also No completed passes deep down the field. That is both on Turner and on Toiletwater!!! Bustwater needs to roll out more and run more just like Russell Wilson but he and the Vikings Organization are too Chicken SH-T to do it! Why couldn’t WE do the Read Option???!!! Bustwater must have had 3-4 passes batted down because he did not roll out combined with his CRAPPY Sidearm Throwing Motion and being short as well. Peterson also would have had more luck running to the outside. His Best Two Runs were to the outside. This loss does not sit well with me and personally I would Cut Both of our Kickers! The punter while he was okay at pinning the other team deep, had a very Poor Average Plus cannot hold correctly for Field Goals!!! As far as Walsh is concerned How can we EVER Trust him again???!!! All the good he did was WIPED OUT BY THIS MISS!!! Same Goes for that Fumbler Peterson!!! SHAMEFUL!!!!!
    With that being said Zimmer is improving. He went for it on 4th down and last week called a successful fake punt! The Vikings Could have a Big Year next year. We are only a Quarterback Two Big and Fast Wide Receivers, A Decent Offensive Coordinator, a Field Goal Kicker a Holder and a Punter Plus 2-3 Offensive linemen away from being a Super Bowl Team! Closer than it sounds! No Team in the NFL is that good!
    Finally I would rather be the Vikings than the Packers! We Won and they lost. Get used to it because it will be like that from Now On!!! Packers will get Crushed next week AGAIN! Skol Vikings!!!

  202. sportfan2 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:48 AM

    Plain and simple easy kick should have been made. That is what cost them the game.

  203. seahawkgary says: Jan 12, 2016 10:42 AM

    Running backs can look great against one team, and horrible against another. He is no different, but many seem to forget that Peterson did not do well at all in the first meeting this year between the teams!

  204. wrap2tyt says: Jan 13, 2016 9:31 PM

    …hmmm, it’s amazing to me that nobody here actually SAW why AP fumbled, once he caught the ball he wasn’t allowed to secure it with two hands, one defender held one arm while another went after the ball. Personally I would blame the coaches for coming up with such a weak game plan based on the weather, the offense did not score and the Vikings lost because of weak play calling not a fumble or a missed FG.

  205. vikingforlife says: Jan 14, 2016 10:58 AM

    I refuse to blame ANYONE for this loss! It was a loss, plain and simple. It happens. Out of 2 teams in a playoff game, somebody has to lose, and unfortunately OUR VIKINGS lost. We have to get over it and move on. We have to support our players and stop with the blame game. It’s CRUEL and JUST WRONG! They are our team and I am so grateful for the season we had and am looking forward to next season. Please fans, stop with the anger and the hate, it helps no one.

  206. aaronitout12 says: Jan 14, 2016 6:53 PM

    vikingforlife says:
    Jan 14, 2016 10:58 AM
    I refuse to blame ANYONE for this loss! It was a loss, plain and simple. It happens. Out of 2 teams in a playoff game, somebody has to lose, and unfortunately OUR VIKINGS lost. We have to get over it and move on. We have to support our players and stop with the blame game. It’s CRUEL and JUST WRONG! They are our team and I am so grateful for the season we had and am looking forward to next season. Please fans, stop with the anger and the hate, it helps no one.

    ==========================================

    Sounds like a schism in the fan base.

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