Aaron Rodgers throws for 288 yards and two touchdowns; Green Bay (13-3) clinch the No 1 seed in the NFC – securing home-field advantage through the playoffs and a first-round bye – and knock Minnesota (7-9) out of contention
Last Updated: 03/01/22 6:27am
The Green Bay Packers cruised to a 37-10 thrashing of the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night to both clinch the No 1 seed in the NFC – securing home-field advantage through the playoffs and a first-round bye – and knock the Vikings out of contention.
Story of the Game
Aaron Rodgers completed 29 of 38 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns, Davante Adams caught 11 balls for 136 yards and a TD, while AJ Dillon added two second-half rushing scores to seal the rout.
Sean Mannion, deputising for Kirk Cousins – out with Covid – at quarterback for the Vikings, completed 22 of 36 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown. But Minnesota were never truly in the contest as Green Bay built a 20-0 lead before the Vikings finally scored from a field goal just before the half.
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The Packers (13-3), who hold the league’s best record, have ensured the road to Super Bowl LVI runs through Green Bay in the NFC, while the Vikings (7-9) who had to win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, are now officially eliminated from contention.
- Passing: Sean Mannion, 22/36, 189 yards, 1 TD
- Rushing: Dalvin Cook, nine carries, 13 yards
- Receiving: Justin Jefferson, six catches, 58 yards
- K.J. Osborn, three catches, 50 yards, 1 TD
- Passing: Aaron Rodgers, 29/38, 288 yards, 2 TDs
- Rushing: Aaron Jones, eight carries, 76 yards
- A.J. Dillon, 14 carries, 63 yards, 2 TDs
- Receiving: Davante Adams, 11 catches, 136 yards, 1 TD
- Allen Lazard, six catches, 72 yards, 1 TD
|Vikings 0-3 Packers||Mason Crosby 35-yard field goal|
|Vikings 0-6 Packers||Mason Crosby 36-yard field goal|
|Vikings 0-13 Packers||Aaron Rodgers 20-yard TD pass to Allen Lazard (extra point)|
|Vikings 0-20 Packers||Aaron Rodgers 11-yard TD pass to Davante Adams (extra point)|
|Vikings 3-20 Packers||Greg Joseph 51-yard field goal|
|Vikings 3-27 Packers||A.J. Dillon four-yard TD run (extra point)|
|Vikings 3-30 Packers||Mason Crosby 37-yard field goal|
|Vikings 10-30 Packers||Sean Mannion 14-yard TD pass to K.J. Osborn (extra point)|
|Vikings 10-37 Packers||A.J. Dillon seven-yard TD run (extra point)|
Mason Crosby opened the scoring with a 35-yard field goal on Green Bay’s opening series. Both teams then turned the ball over on downs when going for it on fourth-and-short – the Packers’ try coming inside the redzone, with Rodgers’ pass to Adams falling incomplete.
It would take till early in the second quarter for Green Bay to add to their lead, Crosby successful with another kick, before Rodgers took over and tossed touchdown passes to Allen Lazard and Adams to cap the team’s next two possessions.
Minnesota at least prevented a shutout as Greg Joseph fired through a 51-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. But the Packers stretched out ahead further early in the second, with Dillon running in his first of two scores from the four-yard line to make it 27-3.
That became 30-3 as Crosby kicked his third FG of the game, before Mannion tossed a 14-yard touchdown to KJ Osborn to end the third quarter.
There would be no great, dramatic comeback for the ages though, as Dillon then capped an 11-play, 70-yard drive that chewed up over six minutes of the clock with a seven-yard touchdown to cap a comprehensive win.
The Packers (13-3) get the opportunity to perhaps rest some players ahead of the playoffs as they end their regular season with a trip to the Detroit Lions (2-13-1) next Sunday. The Vikings (7-9), meanwhile, end their campaign by hosting the Chicago Bears (6-10).
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Source : Sky Sports