Packers smother Vikings 37-10, capture NFC top seed | WFRV Local 5
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – For the second year in a row, the NFC playoffs will come to Lambeau Field.
Only this time it will be a packed house in January at the Frozen Tundra.
The Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings 37-10 to earn the NFC’s top playoff seed for the second consecutive season. By virtue of the win coupled with the Cowboys’ loss to the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon, Green Bay secured the elusive first-round bye and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
This win also knocked the Vikings out of the playoffs.
Despite a stagnant start to the first half and a 3-0 lead early in the second quarter, it was the Packers defense that provided the spark in the first half, with a turnaround on the downs, then forcing Minnesota to four straight three-and-outs. .
After a 0-for-3 start on trips into the red zone, the Pack finally cashed in from 20 yards out. Aaron Rodgers dodged the pressure on the rim and sent a ball to Allen Lazard in the end zone, who made the perfect adjustment to come back for the ball. Green Bay would extend their lead to 20-0 on Rodgers Davante Adams’ 68th career touchdown.
Rodgers added to his growing resume by becoming the 10th quarterback in NFL history to pass for 55,000 yards. He also has the most touchdowns against the Minnesota Vikings than any other quarterback in NFL history with 55. Brett Favre had 54.
Adams achieved major milestones, becoming the fourth receiver in Packers history to reach for 8,000 yards. With 600 catches and 70 touchdown receptions in his first eight seasons, he joins Jerry Rice, Randy Moss, Calvin Johnson, Marvin Harrison and Larry Fitzgerald as the only wide receivers in NFL history to reach such ratings. .
Adams set a career high for single-season receiving yards with 1,411, hitting the mark in the first half.
After halftime, the Packers stepped on the gas with a 20-3 lead. It took just seven snaps for Green Bay to go 37 yards and take a 27-3 lead, hitting him on a five-yard run from AJ Dillon.
Minnesota responded with a touchdown late in the third quarter, but the Greens and Ors had another knockout, dipping the dagger with another Dillon hammer seven yards out and extending the lead to 37-10. The result was a front for the 8:41 final.
With the win, the Packers became the first team in NFL history with three consecutive 13-win seasons.
Green Bay will wrap up the regular season in Detroit next Sunday before the playoff bye week. The Packers return home the weekend of Jan. 22-23 for the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lambeau Field.