5 biggest Vikings wins over the Packers during the Mike Zimmer era

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2015 Season: Week 17

  • Vikings – 20
  • Packers – 13

This is, without a doubt, the biggest win the Vikings have had over the Packers in recent memory. It is also one of the biggest wins of Mike Zimmer’s career as a head coach. In Zimmer’s second season as a head coach, his team went into the tundra of Green Bay in January behind second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater completed 10 of 19 passes for 99-yards and an interception en route to the Vikings winning the NFC North in week 17.

Adrian Peterson rushed for 67-yards and a touchdown on 19-carries, and a young special teams ace named Adam Thielen converted a fake punt for 41-yards. Vikings’ legend Captain Munnerlyn scored the other touchdown for the team on a 55-yard scoop and score.

This win felt like a real turning point for the Vikings. Not only did they beat the Green Bay Packers in January at Lambeau field, but they also did so with what they thought was their franchise quarterback and new head coach who maybe, just maybe, had implemented a winning culture. Minnesota even had a great kicker, as Blair Walsh made both field goals and extra points in the game.

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This win would quickly be undone, and Walsh remains known in Vikings history as a kicker who chokes in big moments, highlighted by a 27-yard miss to lose the first-round playoff matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. Bridgewater would have his seemingly career-altering knee injury that following training camp and the Vikings would become chaos once again.