Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/24/12
Green Bay kept their hopes for the NFC number two seed alive, scoring 55 straight points, easily beating the Tennessee Titans 55-7 Sunday.On the frozen tundra of Lambeau field it was Tennessee that looked frozen all game long managing just 180 offensive yards, 53 of those yards came on the final drive when Tennessee scored it's only touchdown, while yielding 460 as Green Bay was solid in all three phases of the game Sunday.Domination was on the mind of Head Coach Mike McCarthy. "It was important for us to go out and dominate the opponents late in the year," McCarthy said. "We have momentum going for us particularly what we've done over the last nine weeks, 10 weeks, so we wanted to take the next step as a football team and I felt we were able to accomplish that today."Aaron Rodgers came into the game leading the NFL in passer rating at 104.7 and increased that number finishing with a 125.1 rating on this day.Ryan Grant who was passed over in the off-season for Cedric Benson and signed a little over two weeks ago, made a triumphant return to the starting lineup scoring two touchdowns on 20 carries for 80 yards.The Green Bay defense forced two interceptions and recorded a season high seven sacks. They never let Chris Johnson get going and harassed Jake Locker into throwing high, wide, and short all game long.In the first half Locker was just 3-of-12 for 35 yards with two interceptions. Tennessee had just 31 second half yards before the final garbage time drive of 53 yards.Despite the thrashing the Titans will look forward to next week. "It's embarrassing to lose 50-something to seven," Titans coach Mike Munchak said. "That's just not acceptable and we let it happen. Thank God we have that (game next week) because I wouldn't want this to be our last game of the year."Mason Crosby managed not to miss a field goal for the first time in nine games when he has had an attempt, although his 48-yard field goal bounced off the right upright before going through. The punt return squad averaged 24.3 yards per return, with one big 58 yarder from Jeremy Ross in the 4th quarter.James Jones added to his NFL leading touchdown reception total catching one for 13 on the season. He also had game highs of 7 catches for 100 yards.Last season Green Bay was the second most prolific in NFL history. While injuries have slowed the team this season Jones and the Packers still believe. "We've got the people in the locker room to do that type of stuff every game," said  Jones. "Each game presents its own challenges and it's not (always) going to be like that. But we feel like every time we take the field we should score every time we get the ball."Randall Cobb had a record setting say breaking the single-season franchise record for yards form scrimmage set by Ahman Green in 2003. Cobb will add to that total in the season finale against Minnesota next week.Cobb has become a Rodgers favorite and has been electric in his second season. "He's a big-time player. He's fun to watch," Rodgers said.In his second game back from injury Clay Matthews impressed again with a sack, one tackle for loss, and three quarterback hits.For the first time since week two Green Bay took to the air far more often than they ran the ball, with 32 passes to just 17 hand-offs through three quarters, while building a 34-0 lead.The revamped Packer offensive line made some nice holes when the team did run. Missing Cedric Benson, James Starks, and Alex Green the running burden fell to Grant and DuJuan Harris. Two free agents that have been with the team a little over two weeks.Harris had 8 carries for 29 yards and a touchdown.But it was Rodgers that was the offensive star once again playing just into the start of the 4th quarter before donning the skull cap and parka to watch, he was 27-of-38 for 342 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT, and that 125.1 passer rating.Jermichael Finley had 70 yards on 5 grabs. Greg Jennings also had 7 receptions for 45 yards and a score.Being bounced in their first playoff game a year ago Green Bay understand they want to be honed in heading into the playoffs. "We've got to be playing like this heading into playoffs," Rodgers said. "It's nice to get a win like this kind of going way and now we've got a tough one into Minnesota next week."The Pack head into Minnesota with an 11-4 record having clinched at least the number three seed in the NFC.Locker finished 13-of-30 for 140 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT and a 41.0 passer rating. He also lead the team in rushing with 32 yards on 4 carries.Johnson managed just 28 yards on 11 totes.Kenny Britt caught both of his passes on the final drive for 32 yards and one touchdown.5-10 Tennessee will try and create some positives in it's finale against Jacksonville.
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