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With a 38-25 win over the Minnesota Vikings, the Green Bay Packers (9-6) just keep running the table. That win over the division rival Vikings not only knocked the Vikings out of the playoff hunt, it bolstered the Pack’s record enough to snag the sixth seed in the NFC.
Once again, Aaron Rodgers played like a madman from the first snap to the last. Completing 28 of 38 attempts, Rodgers threw for 347 yards, four passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. He even rushed for a fifth TD to cap off a perfect day.
Jordy Nelson had a ridiculous game himself. On nine receptions, Nelson took off for 154 on nine receptions, pulling down two of Rodgers’ passing touchdowns. Nelson’s admirable performance is just eight yards shy of his career high.
Along with Nelson, RB Ty Montgomery and TE Richard Rodgers snagged a touchdown each to account for the rest of Green Bay’s TDs. Even Mason Crosby showed off his boot with a 48-yard field goal.
The Vikings’ only answer was Adam Thielen who had himself a career day, catching 12 passes from Sam Bradford for 202 yards and two touchdowns. Even that heroic effort wasn’t enough to hang around the Packers, as they fell behind in the first quarter and never even seemed to have an opportunity to change that.
Green Bay’s final, and by far most important game of the year comes Sunday night when the Packers roll into Detroit to play the Lions.
Brian Parchmann | December 25, 2016