The Green Bay Packers came away with a 23-14 win against the Minnesota Vikings and pretty much ended the Vikings playoff hopes as well.
While the game was not pretty, the Packers came away with a win; which has seemingly been a trend this season.
The Packers defense could not stop running back Adrian Peterson or tight end Kyle Rudolph, but they literally stopped everyone else until the fourth quarter, holding the Vikings receivers to zero catches till the fourth.
While the lack of stopping the running game is concerning, it was Peterson, who is an absolute beast and pretty much the best running back in the NFL today, so it is something which can be slightly overlooked.
The defensive player of the game had to have been defensive back Morgan Burnett who came up with two huge interceptions of quarterback Christian Ponder.
Both interceptions came in Green Bay territory, including one in the endzone. These interceptions were two of the biggest plays in the game.
With Burnett on defense, the offensive MVP had to be, well the running game, not one player. Running backs Alex Green and James Starks ran the ball effectively behind the Packers offensive line, one which included undrafted rookie Don Barclay.
The Packers ran often behind Barclay and Josh Sitton and it proved to be very affective againt the Vikings and pretty much helped the Pack run the clock out in the fourth quarter on their drive to seal the game. That drive took up 11 minutes and gave the Vikings the ball back with roughly five minutes, down two scores.
So, while the team continues to battle injuries, they continue to find ways to win the game and that is what counts. It will be interesting to see what happens when starters start returning from injuries and if the Packers can finally take off for a Super Bowl run.
About the Author
Written by Noah Hanstedt
Born and raised in the small town of Neenah, WI. Grew up watching Green Bay Packers football with my late father. Been writing about sports for 5 years now and hope to continue becoming a stronger writer and an even better man.