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John Kuhn took two big hits that spun him around in the air but he scored his second touchdown of the game and was a key player on offense (AP Photo/Mike Roemer) The Green Bay Packers finally found a way to slow down Adrian Peterson and because of it the Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings 24-10 and will advance to the divisional round of the playoffs. The key storyline heading into this game was the fact that Vikings starting quarterback, Christian Ponder, was declared ineligible about two hours before kickoff, which meant backup Joe Webb was pushed into the starting role. Minnesota started the game off how everybody predicted they would. Nine out of their first ten plays were rushing plays, and led to a drive that ended in a field goal. The Packers followed that drive with a three and out and the Vikings continued moving the ball using a combination rushing attack from Peterson and Webb. As the first quarter progressed the Vikings stopped moving the ball effectively while the Packers began driving the ball. The Packers finished the first quarter by having DuJuan Harris punch the ball into the endzone with an 11-yard rush. It was the only points the Packers would need all game. The Packers added a field goal and a rushing touchdown from John Kuhn to take a 17-3 lead into the half. The Packers defense had held Peterson to only 48 rushing yards in the first half and Joe Webb was three for 12 passing for 22 yards in the first half. Green Bay had out gained the Vikings 239 yards to 97. Green Bay dominated the second half, adding another John Kuhn touchdown in the third and minus a play with some bad blown coverage late in the fourth, the Vikings couldn’t move the ball at all. While Webb did what he could, the Vikings had to keep giving the ball to Peterson and hope he could break a big run. When he couldn’t, it fell on Webb to make a play, which was difficult as the Packers defense was in his face all game and had the Vikings receivers tightly covered. The Packers defense did a phenomenal job on Peterson as they met him at the line of scrimmage and were able to prevent him from bouncing outside for big gains. The loss of Ponder really hurt the Vikings and it showed. Webb struggled completing even the most basic passes and because Peterson wasn’t getting it done, later in the game the Vikings relied more and more on Webb. Charles Woodson’s return was noticeable immediately in the game as he had six tackles, one for loss, and was a factor in many other plays. Green Bay’s offense looked great as Rodgers led the way, passing for 274 yards and one touchdown. Rodgers also completed passes to 10 different receivers, which ties a NFL playoff record. DuJuan Harris only had 47 yards rushing on 17 attempts but he had a touchdown and added in 53 yards receiving on only five catches. The star of the Packers offense today was John Kuhn. He had a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown, a play in which he was nearly spun around in mid air from a hit. Kuhn hasn’t done much all season but he made a couple of key plays this game, which helped the Packers to their victory. But the star of the game was the Packers defense. They held Peterson to under 100 yards and they adapted well to the change of quarterbacks and were able to contain Webb and force him into passing situations. The defense also forced three turnovers and sacked Webb three times. Green Bay will now head to San Francisco where they will play the 49ers Saturday night. The Packers are only two games away from the Superbowl and this win was a step in the right direction to achieve that goal.
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Prior to Saturday night's Vikings-Packers playoff game, it was reported that alcohol sales at Lambeau Field were to be cut off early, hoping to curtail any potential mischief.
A lot of good that did.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that a "season-high" 21 people were arrested during the Packers' 24-10 win. The previous high was 18.
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Being a leader and one of the team's playoff captains is nice, but Charles Woodson wants to be much more than that in these playoffs. Returning from a nine-game layoff, Woodson helped a defensive turnaround that kept Adrian Peterson in check.
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Valyncia Jennings is the sister of Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings, an Aaron Rodgers hater, and down right rude on twitter.
Could she be able to tell the future also. During her twitter rant in which she bashed Aaron Rodgers, and called him overrated, she also hinted at Jennings taking his talents to South Beach.
Does she know something we don’t, did she and her brother...
It wasn't Ryan Grant, Alex Green or even Aaron Rodgers who led the Packers' rushing attack, it was DuJuan Harris. Harris rushed for 47 yards and a score and caught five balls for 53 yards for 16 fantasy points.Fantasy Spin:Harris didn't get his first carry until Week 14, but it appears that he is the running back to have going forward. He'll face a very tough 49ers...
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers showed how dangerous they can be when they're at full strength Saturday night, overwhelming the Minnesota Vikings 24-10 in an NFC wild-card game that was never really close.
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. Defensively,...
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Packers were confident they were going to stop Adrian Peterson in Saturday's playoff rematch with the Minnesota Vikings. Based on the results of the two regular-season games against the NFL's best running back, that seemed like a long shot.
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NFL Divisional Round: No.3 Green Bay Packers @ No.2 San Francisco 49ers
Location: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California
Date: January 12th, 2013 8 PM EST
This is the battle everyone was hoping for when the season started, it started in Week 1 when the 49ers edged out Green Bay in Lambeau 30-22. Now just 18 weeks later Packers QB Aaron Rodgers returns home to the...
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The NFL Wildcard game at Lambeau Field last evening between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings unfolded a bit differently than expected. The outcome was the same: a victory, as most had predicted, including yours truly, by a final score of 24-10. But how it all played out was...different.Ponder out, Webb inFirst, and to the surprise of many, ViQueens QB Christian Ponder...
The 49ers stepped into the prime-time spotlight last January as playoff neophytes who had not participated in the postseason in almost a decade. This time around, as San Francisco prepares to host the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night to begin Final Four Weekend in the NFC playoffs, the Niners are a battle-tested bunch whose playoff mission is Super Bowl or bust.