The Packers playoff ride was off and running Saturday night vs the Vikings, as Minnesota didn’t have their starting QB, and stood little chance to top the Pack at home.
Playing without Christian Ponder, the Packers were able to tee off on Adrian Peterson and backup QB Joe Webb, using a stifling D to beat the Vikings 24-10 to set up a round two matchup with the Niners.
“The main thing was to come out and help this team get a big win,” said Charles Woodson. “This is the first playoff game for us this year and we want to continue to ride.”
The ride got a lot easier when it was announced that Ponder was going to be inactive for the game after suffering an elbow injury during last weeks win in Minnesota over the Packers.
Webb was awful from the start, and seemed to have little to no clue on how to do much under center minus handoffs to Peterson, who was held to 99 yards after games of 199 and 210 this season vs the Pack.
The Vikings backup QB was about as bad as he could be, throwing for only seven of his first 20 attempts for a measly 61 yards.
As for the Vikings D, they didn’t do enough against Aaron Rodgers to make up for the lack of a passing game. Rodgers went 19 for 26 for 260 yards and no turnovers, leading touchdown drives of 82, 62 and 80 yards.
John Kuhn scored two touchdowns, DuJuan Harris added another and Rodgers connected with an NFL playoff-record 10 receivers as he threw for 274 yards in his first playoff victory at home.
Defensively, the Packers managed to put the clamps on AP, and were all over Webb, pressed into service because of Ponder’s elbow injury.
The Packers had a plan as they were able to make sure Peterson didn’t beat them, and with Ponder on the sidelines watching, it was a no-brainer by the half they were heading to San Fran for round two next Saturday night.
“We have some stuff to work on,” Rodgers insisted. “We’ve got to help our defense out more, close a team out like that. Tough test next week back in San Francisco. We’ll be excited about that.”
At least the Packers are still playing. That’s more than the Vikings can say.