By JOAN NIESEN
MINNEAPOLIS When a quarterback talks about surges, most of the time he's talking about linebackers and linemen, about hulking monster-men out for his midsection and the ball. But on Sunday, when Aaron Rodgers talked about surges, he meant something very different.
The surge on Sunday in Minneapolis stopped the Packers for a full quarter. It tripped up their offense and made Christian Ponder and the Vikings look like offensive masterminds. It generated a 10-0 Vikings lead after the first quarter, a 13-0 margin with just a few seconds gone from the second.
And the surge was not a player, not 300 pounds, not looking for a sack or a fumble. The surge was in the stands, in Rodgers' ears, in the Packers' heads. It was the crowd, the rambunctious, imbibing, purple-clad crowd.
"This is a tough place to play," Rodgers said. "They've got great fans who were loud and god into it. You have to sort of absorb the first surge from the crowd."