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Vikings, Packers Set To Play The Day After Rivalry's 50 Year Anniversary

Fifty years ago on Saturday, the day before the Minnesota Vikings take on the Green Bay Packers, the teams played their first game ever against eachother. Though it's not quite up to par with the rivalry that Green Bay shares with the Chicago Bears, it's still storied and important in recent years, though that might be changing with the Packers sitting at 6-0 and the Vikings at 1-5, giving a rookie quarterback his first NFL start.

On Oct. 22, 1961, the team began their rivalry at the Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minn. The Packers took the game 33-7 and took the lead in the NFL's Western Division, and the Vikings were left at 1-5. They would go on to play again just a week later (what?) and the Packers beat them again, dropping them to 1-6 with a 28-10 final score.

There's many more interesting things to note about that day and the notes and quotes following the game, but that story has been told already today (Friday), and well - so check it out here. The good folks over at Daily Norseman also have a look at the Vikings-Packers rivalry, most definitely worth a read.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.