GREEN BAY, Wis. — The tape was painful to watch. There was Adrian Peterson, strong and powerful, running through Green Bay’s defensive line, over linebackers, and past the secondary again and again during the Vikings’ 37-34 win Sunday. There he was, stiff-arming Brad Jones on one play, slipping the tackle of a blitzing Morgan Burnett on another, dragging M. D. Jennings into the end zone on a touchdown run.
When the Packers host the Vikings on Saturday night in the wild-card round of the N.F.C. playoffs, the Green Bay defense will try to do something that it, and the rest of the league, did not do during the regular season: make Peterson look human.