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Defense Takes Control Against Peterson
Patience, control, discipline, trust. It sounds a little zen as far as NFL defensive philosophy goes. But it was the key for stopping the NFL's most explosive running back and getting the Green Bay Packers to the next round of the playoffs. After getting trampled by the Vikings' Adrian Peterson for 210 yards in a Dec. 2 win and 199 yards in a 37-34 loss six days ago at the Metrodome, it was clear that going after him with the same kind of reckless abandon he ran with wasn't going to do the trick. They needed to find a counterbalance. A yin for Peterson's yardage-devouring yang. So they slowed down. They waited. They didn't try to make every play themselves. It was almost counterintuitive for players that earn a paycheck with aggression, intensity and a full-throttle mindset. But it worked. The Packers' defense held Peterson to 99 yards on 22 carries – half of what he'd gashed them for in the two previous meetings. They also kept him out of the end zone after he scored twice on them...
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