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Vikings-Packers rivalry heats up with first-round playoff game

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (KTTC) -- For only the second time in history, the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers square off in a post-season game, which only intensifies an already heated NFL rivalry.

It may be calm in Green Bay for the moment, but the atmosphere is tense as their border rival Minnesota Vikings make the trip over to their turf with a lot on the line.

"We didn't want to see the Vikings win last week, did we?" says Bob Jones, a Packers fan visiting Lambeau Field from Columbus, Ohio. "We're not looking forward to it. We didn't want the Saturday game, but we'll take it and hopefully we beat them here."

Each playoff team has New Orleans and the Super Bowl on their minds, but when a rivalry like the Packers and Vikings takes center stage Saturday night, the intensity of a normal playoff game goes up even more

"It's always a good match when those two teams get together, no matter what the record is," said Marie Larson from Bloomer, Wisconsin. "It's going to be a hard-fought battle."

Vikings fans have not reached Lambeau Field yet, but they will be here in full force for kick off on Saturday. As for Packers fans, they're hoping that one potential league MVP decides to have an off game.

"A lot of stress this season about Adrian Peterson, but I don't think they're going to come into Green Bay and do anything about it," said Andrew Koffman, a life-long Packers fan from Blacksburg, Virginia. "Packer defense has always been tough, and I think they're prepared for AP this time, but we're just going to have to see.

Peterson rushed for 409 of his 2,097 yards on the season against Green Bay, so their fear of AP is justified.

"I'm just worried about Adrian Peterson, basically," said Larson. "But like I said, all of our guys that have been ill and injured will be back, and so we'll be full force."

For the Vikings, they hope the mystique of the Frozen Tundra can be broken by the Power of Purple.

The game can be seen Saturday at 7 p.m. on KTTC.

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