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Saturday night wrap-up: Rodgers, Packers cruise

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When the Packers played the 49ers in the opener, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was quiet for three quarters.

And because he didn’t wait that long Saturday night, Rodgers will have a chance to settle the score.

In a performance even Greg Jennings‘ sister would approve of, Rodgers led the Packers to a convincing 24-10 win over the Vikings in their Wild Card game. They travel to San Francisco for next Saturday night’s Divisional Round game.

Rodgers was immaculate in the first half, which was all of Saturday’s game that mattered, finishing with 274 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings. While it will be tougher against the 49ers on the road in the divisional round, he was surgical against a Vikings defense that can create pressure.

If he can be as good next week, it could be classic.

Here are five more things we learned during the Saturday night playoff edition of Sunday Night Football:

1. Credit to Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers, and a side which was gashed for 217 rushing yards last week.

The fact the Vikings were incapable of the forward pass helped, but the Packers were able to keep Vikings running back Adrian Peterson from ever getting to the perimeter, as he did so often last week (34 carries for 199 yards then, 22 carries for 99 yards Saturday).

Without a dynamic playmaker on the outside, the Vikings offense had no balance, or much of a chance.

2. That said, the Packers are going to have to tighten things up next week, because the 49ers can pass sometimes.

But the 49ers are also more stout up front, particularly on the right side, and can open holes that don’t require a player of Peterson’s caliber.

Frank Gore hit them for 112 of the team’s 186 yards in the opener, and that was without the threat of quarterback Colin Kaepernick taking off.

3. While everyone’s beating up on Vikings quarterback Joe Webb, and rightfully so, the group of receivers they rolled out there tonight isn’t scaring anyone, regardless who is throwing the ball.

Jerome Simpson’s stat line would have looked better if Webb hadn’t airmailed one 15 yards over his head, but there’s not a lot of reason to think they’d have thrown for much if Christian Ponder was well. Michael Jenkins is just a guy. Jarius Wright is stuck in project status.

Injured wide receiver Percy Harvin might not have a future with the Vikings for reasons that transcend ability, but he made money tonight by not doing a thing.

4. If the Vikings haven’t started talking contract with coach Leslie Frazier, they should start yesterday.

The job Frazier has done stitching a team together with a starting quarterback who is inoffensive at best has been admirable.

The Vikings were not burdened with expectations, but they also did not freak out when people started paying attention to them this year. That level approach speaks to the direction they get from their head coach through the week.

To win without a solid quarterback takes great coaching, and the Vikings have that now.

5. The failed fullback dive by John Kuhn seemed regrettable early, forcing the Packers to settle for a field goal.

But his two touchdowns earned some redemption for a guy who’s as much of a cult hero as a weapon in the Packers offense.

He’s scored in four straight postseasons, matching his two-touchdown game in the rout of the Falcons two years ago.

And any reason for fans to chant a surname with a long U sound is a good one, in my book.

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  1. gsomatt says: Jan 5, 2013 11:05 PM

    Well vi-queen fans, you got to pretend you were a rival for a couple weeks.

    Packers-vikes rivalry is no bigger than Packers-Detroit. The battle with Detroit has been more intense the last few seasons.

    Packers-Bears is by far and away the biggest rivalry in the division and the nfl.

  2. packerbackernj says: Jan 5, 2013 11:06 PM

    No surprise. Told you this was as good as a bye week as long as the bears didnt get in. Skolololololol. “Now you have to worry about Webb and AP running.” Smd bro

  3. johngaltwho says: Jan 5, 2013 11:06 PM

    Score 24 -10. Wasnt nearly that close. Was a slaughter. McCarthy went into a turtle shell in the second half. Vikings were who we thought they were.

  4. purplegreenandgold says: Jan 5, 2013 11:06 PM

    Clay Matthews is a prophet!

  5. dabears212 says: Jan 5, 2013 11:06 PM

    So, Vikes fans, you got what you wanted..Ponder got benched.

    How’s it working out for y’all?

  6. remyje says: Jan 5, 2013 11:07 PM

    Joe Webb.. Comeback player? No? Ok

  7. moerawn says: Jan 5, 2013 11:07 PM

    Kuuuhhhhnnn…out of Shippensburg University

  8. ancylostoma says: Jan 5, 2013 11:08 PM

    Vikings worst team to make to the playoffs.. ever..

  9. emperorzero says: Jan 5, 2013 11:08 PM

    Good night Vikings fans. See you the next time the bandwagon comes along.

  10. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 5, 2013 11:08 PM

    Adrian Peterson was badly outplayed by John Kuhn. It must be the playoffs.

  11. 4d9erdynasty says: Jan 5, 2013 11:08 PM

    Anyone else think the packers should have demolished the vikes the way this team performed with there Tim Tebow 2.0 QB leading them. Next week should be a good game.

  12. scytherius says: Jan 5, 2013 11:09 PM

    From a Packers fan to Viking fans … great year guys. I love this rivalry. AP is a beast and looking forward to playing you guys next year! All the best.

  13. vikescry1 says: Jan 5, 2013 11:09 PM

    que the vikings would’ve won if ponder was starting at qb in 3,2,1…

  14. schmokes says: Jan 5, 2013 11:09 PM

    Let’s hear from those vikings fans…….

  15. packhawk04 says: Jan 5, 2013 11:10 PM

    I feel bad for viking fans. Poor saps actually thought they could win.

  16. axespray says: Jan 5, 2013 11:10 PM

    Extremely tempting to rub it in …
    But Suppose I should be classy.

    Keep your head up viking fans – Your team accomplished a lot more than anyone thought they would – your team is a few pieces (QB/WR/CB) away from whatever – and it’d be a crime if Peterson doesn’t win the MVP award.

  17. eaststsfb says: Jan 5, 2013 11:11 PM

    Let’s here all the “we would have won with Ponder” comments from all you Vikings fans. Careful what you wish for.

  18. raider23mike says: Jan 5, 2013 11:11 PM

    SF about to welcome back A.Rodgers.

    GB 13 – SF 34

  19. allday296 says: Jan 5, 2013 11:13 PM

    Can’t stand seeing Vikings player praying with packers players. I support whatever faith you follow but no fraternizing with them. Would of had a better shot with QB playing. Vikes defense played better than GB considering what they were faced with. Just waiting for the first Green Bay fan to blame Nelson’s injury on dirty play as they usually cry no matter what. Congrats to the real packers fans. AP TOP 5 season in NFL History, thanks Vikes for a good ride this year.

  20. sweetnlow44 says: Jan 5, 2013 11:13 PM

    3 of the 4 teams that played today had no business being in the playoffs. Disappointing day of “playoff” football.

  21. shear061 says: Jan 5, 2013 11:14 PM

    give ponder some receivers and then lets evaluate him. the guy is young. he just completed his first full season.

  22. The Doctor says: Jan 5, 2013 11:14 PM

    Webb needs to be cut, yesterday. He is a project that will never make it is a QB. Try him at receiver, and a third emergency QB if anything.

  23. csilojohnson says: Jan 5, 2013 11:15 PM

    Horrible game. Goodell does not approve.

  24. bucslose says: Jan 5, 2013 11:15 PM

    Have to be honest, so far, I am not impressed with these teams.

    First game of the day was awful to watch. The Texans D played well but my word, their offense is bad. Scratch that. Shaub is NOT a franchise QB. At least not one that will put your team over the top. Texans are going to get destroyed next week.

    Even the Packers, while they put up 24, they really didnt look that impressive to me. Playing against a back up QB who is just awful and may have worse accuracy issues than Tebow, Im a bit disappointed that they didnt put up near 40. Packers werent bad, but for whatever reason, they didnt seem to click that much. Going to have to step it up more to make a serious run.

    Hoping we see some better play tomorrow. But I have it feeling it wont be much better.

  25. allday296 says: Jan 5, 2013 11:15 PM

    Peterson for MVP as his season was much better as a RB THAN Manning’s was as a QB.

  26. nonjaghater says: Jan 5, 2013 11:16 PM

    wow . 15 yards over his head and the end zone is only ten yards deep? huh

  27. Ponder This says: Jan 5, 2013 11:17 PM

    Frazier did a great job this year but one mistake he made was not having a legitimate backup quarterback. He obviously didn’t think Webb could play or he would have brought him in when Ponder struggled earlier in the season. Webb will probably be out of the NFL next year and we’ll have a solid veteran to back up Ponder and be able to step in if Ponder is injured.

  28. veence69 says: Jan 5, 2013 11:17 PM

    All credit due to the Packers. This year they had to face a division rival’s 2nd string QB in the playoffs. A larger test than the Bears’ 3rd stringer just a couple of years ago.

    I don’t know how your players rise to the occasion against these bench-warmers, but they do. Hat’s off.

  29. wludford says: Jan 5, 2013 11:17 PM

    What a disappointing and dud of a game, really even before it started. Vikings losing their starting QB and having to go with backup Webb really decided the game in advance.

    Looked like a pre-season game.

    Very disappointing end to a great year for the Vikings- having to play an inexperienced backup at the last minute in a playoff game.

    Had it been the case with Rodgers, and the Vikings won, would have felt the same way for Packer fans.

    Total opposite of last week, with both teams playing well in a hard fought game. This game was a total dud.

  30. bucslose says: Jan 5, 2013 11:18 PM

    AFC looking more and more like we are going to see Brady vs Manning. Though that does depend on if the Ravens get a win tomorrow, which team shows up in Denver. I still dont think much of Flacco. He did well enough last year to take them to the Super Bowl baring a bad dropped pass and missed field goal, but I have not seen that Flacco this season.

    NFC still seems up for grabs. Im pulling for the Seahawks because I think they can prevent the best match up for any AFC team. Id say 49ers but their D is banged up and I dont trust their QB at all.

  31. shear061 says: Jan 5, 2013 11:19 PM

    how is webb still in the nfl?

  32. vikingsfan1994 says: Jan 5, 2013 11:19 PM

    “Start Joe Webb” they said.
    “Bench Ponder” they said.

    Open your eyes fellow Vikings fans. Ponder is doing wonders with these terrible receivers. Luck has Wayne. RG3 has Garcon and Moss. Wilson has Tate. Ponder had Harvin for a little bit and then he had who? Jenkins. Okay.

    Ponder 2013. The kid improved so much from 2011 to 2012. Give him a chance for once please.

  33. hurrayforyogapants says: Jan 5, 2013 11:23 PM

    Fine, I’ll do it. Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhn.

  34. veence69 says: Jan 5, 2013 11:25 PM

    Note to teams around the league:

    It is now, apparently, ok to tackle a RB by the helmet and push off on a defender – as long as you’re the darlings of the NFL and have the NFL bending over backwards to see your over-hyped team succeed.

    It must be nice being a Packer fan, with the NFL on it’s knees doing whatever they can to tip the balance in your favor. Me? Maybe I’d be into for a little while, but eventually the wins would ring hollow.

    Enjoy your reality series. Honey Boo-Boo isn’t famous because of envy.

  35. truthserum4u says: Jan 5, 2013 11:25 PM

    Very good & incredibly surprising season by the Vikes!

    Couple of stupid penalties; Williams lining up off-sides when the Vikings stopped GB on 3rd down on the first TD drive, and 12 men on the field for the FG which then lead to a TD instead, sure didn’t help the cause when you’re playing a QB who hadn’t thrown a pass this year.

    Green Bay’s O-line better start blocking better or Rodgers is going to get killed. They were fortunate the refs refused to call some very obvious holding penalties and offensive picks/pass interference and should clean that up as well. If they do it should make for a good game with the 49ers.

  36. thejuddstir says: Jan 5, 2013 11:27 PM

    Congrats to Packers and their fans, I think they may be SB bound. As a Vikings fan, I think they showed great progress this year and things are looking up for them. Another draft and perhaps a free agent or two. Well played Packers.

  37. supermariojosh says: Jan 5, 2013 11:27 PM

    Tonight, Lambeau Field was irrigated with the years of Christian Ponder.

  38. vargavarga says: Jan 5, 2013 11:27 PM

    Joe Webb is no Jemarcuss Russell.

  39. derklempner says: Jan 5, 2013 11:28 PM

    Frazier isn’t the reason this Vikings team is as good as it’s been. The only person responsible for their success is named Peterson.

    Don’t get me wrong; Leslie Frazier isn’t a horrible coach. But for a team to go from 3-13 one season to 10-6 the next doesn’t have much to do with the coach when the roster turnover was as small as it was. Peterson was the difference. And for that alone he deserves the MVP. (All this coming from a Packers fan.)

  40. packfaninchitown says: Jan 5, 2013 11:28 PM

    And the Vikings go one and done. BOOYA!

  41. packmanfan says: Jan 5, 2013 11:29 PM

    pmgfootball says:
    Jan 4, 2013 5:27 PM
    I vow that Clay Matthews is a member of a horrible defense that allowed 409 to AD in 2 games
    ——————————————————————–

    Those first 2 games no longer matter now, do they?

  42. packmanfan says: Jan 5, 2013 11:31 PM

    pickleman77 says:
    Jan 4, 2013 5:29 PM
    I’m pretty sure that was your game plan the first two times you faced them(To stop Peterson)…what else ya got? SKOL VIKES!!!
    ———————————————————————–

    Looks like you got your answer.
    Packers showed you what they got alright.

  43. halen11 says: Jan 5, 2013 11:35 PM

    Unlike other teams, Minnesota’s 12th man, always winds up on the field.

  44. Deb says: Jan 5, 2013 11:35 PM

    Well, that was depressing. Nothing against the Packers–in fact, I love former Steelers Dom Capers, Kevin Greene, and Darren Perry on Green Bay’s coaching staff. And I like McCarthy. But I was hoping the Vikes and Peterson would make a better game of it. Here’s hoping tomorrow will bring more competition. Congrats to Pack fans!

  45. moneymike23 says: Jan 5, 2013 11:35 PM

    Whether it’s Ponder or Webb….Vikings QB situation is a complete disaster. Spielman and Frazier need to find the next Nick Foles , Kirk Cousins, or Russell Wilson in this years draft. If they don’t they will be in the unemployment line soon. Ponder does not have any more upside and Good God…Webb?!?!?

  46. packmanfan says: Jan 5, 2013 11:38 PM

    skol77 says:
    Jan 4, 2013 5:33 PM
    That should jack up Adrian just a bit more.

    31-28 VIKES

    SKOL
    ——————————————————————–

    What does SKOL translate to?
    Tobacco juice?
    Must be.
    Cause Packers chewed up Adrian and spit him out!

  47. packmanfan says: Jan 5, 2013 11:39 PM

    dtrb10 says:
    Jan 5, 2013 10:06 AM
    We are gonna line up and punch that weak ass defense right in the face!

    Hey Woodson, Hayward and CO. Get ready for the pain! Are you ready to get trucked by 28?? It’s just motivating him that nobody gives the Vikes any credit. It’s all like oh we played a bad game thats why the Vikings won/ Well we will prove again that we are for real!

    Vikes are gonna send the Fudge Packing! Bring it. Man it’s gonna hurt in the cold, getting trucked by AP!
    ————————————————————————

    Didn’t happen. Did it?

  48. vikescry1 says: Jan 5, 2013 11:40 PM

    cricket, cricket…. good game vikes, i’ll say it to you…

  49. packmanfan says: Jan 5, 2013 11:44 PM

    chi01town says:
    Jan 4, 2013 10:58 PM
    The Vikings will beat greenbay again
    because the packers D is weak. AP
    is mad because he didnt get that record by 9 yards. One and done again greenbay
    ———————————————————————

    More like one and done minnesota.

  50. vikingshavefoursuperbowlappearancesandarethebest says: Jan 5, 2013 11:45 PM

    I don’t care, we won last week, that’s good enough for Minnesota fans.

  51. jessethegreat says: Jan 5, 2013 11:48 PM

    They are who we thought they were!

  52. packerpauly says: Jan 5, 2013 11:48 PM

    Hats off to the Packers for a well-played game, and kudos to the Vikings who gave it their all, even with the lousy hand that fate dealt them just hours before kickoff.

  53. lightcleric says: Jan 5, 2013 11:52 PM

    I don’t think Viking fans thought they’d miss Ponder.

    They may not have good receivers, true, but very few WRs in this league could have even come close to catching some of the horrible balls Webb threw tonight.

  54. jt38 says: Jan 5, 2013 11:59 PM

    Whooped at Lambeau and gonna be whooped at Candlestick

  55. Christopher Bartling says: Jan 6, 2013 12:03 AM

    I think the Vikings have a bright future, but stop the the Joe Webb talk and get fully behind Christian Ponder now. Get Ponder into a quarterback school (similar to what Rodgers went through earlier in his career) and really develop Ponder’s talent. I think this game tonight would have been much more competitive with Ponder playing. It will be fun to see how this Vikings team grows next year and competes in the NFC North. Looking forward to the 2013 season.

    Regards,

    — A Packers fan –

  56. larrybrown43 says: Jan 6, 2013 12:04 AM

    I looked forward to playoff weekend. Two, very boring games though.

  57. pa1856 says: Jan 6, 2013 12:07 AM

    So happy joe Webb is not under contract next year. He needs to convert to wide receiver. Props to GB tonight for their balanced attack against us; good luck in the playoffs going forward. -die hard vikes fan

  58. wyogibby says: Jan 6, 2013 12:19 AM

    Should’ve played Bethel-Thompson…

  59. 7ransponder says: Jan 6, 2013 12:31 AM

    24-10 is not a slaughter. This is all on Webb and your offense playing the way it’s supposed to. Most realistic Vikings fans expected this the moment Ponder went inactive.

    GG, see ya next year!

  60. dougy1970 says: Jan 6, 2013 12:43 AM

    Congrats to Packer fans. You are taking assertive baby steps to distract from your legacy of being the worst NFL team of the 1970s and 1980s. Your 20 years of embarassment is starting to become a memory.

  61. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Jan 6, 2013 12:50 AM

    Good luck at San Fran. You’ll need it.

  62. themagicfanguy says: Jan 6, 2013 1:00 AM

    Funny, not as many Vikings fans on tonight… Odd, lol.

  63. knotfan73 says: Jan 6, 2013 1:06 AM

    Where are the hundreds of viking fans that were here earlier? Back under their rocks i guess. lol

  64. Where's Bud Grant when you need him? says: Jan 6, 2013 1:12 AM

    I’m not convinced Fraiser is the answer, but he’s got a year left on his contract to find out. Repeat a 10-6 record and he’s earned a nice fat raise.

    For those Joe Webb fans who kept insisting he was the answer at QB despite all the evidence to the contrary, there shouldn’t be a shred of doubt that he’s never going to be an NFL QB. Never…

    Ponder still could be, but he’s gotta have some help at WR and at OL before that’s going to happen. Simpson is horrid. Wright is a stick. Havin is trade bait. Jenkins isn’t just a man… he’s an old man. It’s a poor set of WR’s as there is in the league. Draft and free agency has to help them or Ponder can never develop any further.

    And the defense is old and slow. Kevin Williams is done, Henderson never was much of a player, Sanford is willing but just doesn’t have the speed he needs. Jard Allen needs surgery and it shows and he’s only got a year or two left at best. He should be trade bait too. Most of all they need a nasty LB who can play the run without having to stack up the middle so tightly that even an average RB can get to the edge.

    They played hard, but this game wasn’t close and everyone who watched it knows it.

    But as a Vikings fan, they were much better this year than last and never quit.

  65. tatum064 says: Jan 6, 2013 1:41 AM

    SEVERAL OTHER rivalries are bigger

    Cowboys-Redskins
    Steelers-Ravens
    Raiders-Chiefs (well, it used to)
    Broncos-Raiders (it used to, too)
    Falcons-Saints (has picked up of late)
    Eagles-Giants
    Eagles-Cowboys
    Packers-Bears

  66. teamnorsecore says: Jan 6, 2013 2:26 AM

    Wow…..looks like the “classiest fans in the NFL” are at in full force in here again. Way to win with dignity against a team led by a QB who had taken 3 snaps all season and not thrown a pass…..way to go! I will leave by saying Congrats to the PAckers and the “real” PAck fans….good luck against the 9ers.

  67. PowerMad says: Jan 6, 2013 2:27 AM

    Wow. Green Bay limped by a one-dimensional offense to advnace to the next round of the playoffs. Yet Packer nation takes it as a sign of invincability and an excuse to crap on Minnesota fans. We’ll see what they say when they make yet another early exit from the tournament behind an overachieveing QB and an aging supporting cast. The Cheese are the textbook definition of overrated and their impending implosion against San Fran will expose their weaknesses.

  68. fruitcovejag says: Jan 6, 2013 2:45 AM

    Joe Webb is SO bad. Wow!

  69. cletusvandam says: Jan 6, 2013 3:33 AM

    Joe Webb has no business being in the NFL

  70. bordner says: Jan 6, 2013 4:01 AM

    5. Kuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhnnnnn!!!!!!

  71. larrydavid7000 says: Jan 6, 2013 6:58 AM

    packer fans stop wishing for something you might get provided you beat the 49 ers.The colors I am talking about are Burgundy and Gold. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  72. commoniwannalaya says: Jan 6, 2013 6:58 AM

    Go pack go
    All the way to the Super Bowl

  73. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Jan 6, 2013 8:11 AM

    I’m neither a vikings nor a packers fan but once I saw that Christian Ponder wasn’t going to play I knew the vikings didn’t have a chance.

  74. whatjusthapped says: Jan 6, 2013 8:22 AM

    The Vikings never won a Superbowl and 2012 was not their year again. Once they made the playoffs, you can bet the house that they would lose, like the sun rising in the east, its that dependable.

    The rest of the NFC North is rejoicing that Webb failed as badly as he did. That means the Vikings will put more faith in Ponder than he ever deserves and as long as Ponder is the starting QB, the Vikings will always fall short.

  75. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 6, 2013 9:41 AM

    So the Packers got their bye week after all.

  76. urcrap says: Jan 6, 2013 10:16 AM

    Packers won a playoff game they should have won. Not a big deal. Vikes made the playoffs when everyone said they wouldn’t win more than 6 games. That’s the story and it’s a big deal! Congrats to Les Fraizer and his team. Looking forward to taking back the NFC North next season and winning enough games to get the 1st round bye. Speaking of bye. 49er’s will beat the Packers. Bye bye!

  77. glazerh8er says: Jan 6, 2013 10:18 AM

    I love how most of the talking heads were talking is if Webb would be better off than Ponder because he can run the spread option even though he attempted zero passes this season.

  78. thetokyosandblaster says: Jan 6, 2013 10:47 AM

    As suspected, maybe 3 or 4 percent of Vikings fans can just accept defeat.

    The majority just try to bring down packers fans after a playoff win. I guess if that’s all you have… You don’t have very much.

    As for the niners, I sincerely hope they think like most of you fans, because they’ll get torched by the hurry up offense. The rams and Seahawks showed everyone how to beat the niners.

    Brady put up so many points going no huddle, and Rodgers and his weapons are better.

    Packers will host/win the NFC championship game and beat whatever poor lamb the AFC puts up for slaughter.

  79. shaggytoodle says: Jan 6, 2013 10:49 AM

    I had to listen to the Viking fans crow all week, about how big and bad they were even though they blew a 13 point last week.

    Who’s the bad boys now?

  80. packerfanslivevicariouslythroughtheirfootballteam says: Jan 6, 2013 11:23 AM

    I have officially adopted Packers stories as my second favorite on PFT. I have never seen such a dichotomous mix of fans. You have the classy fans who are knowledgeable about football, and then the pathetic superfans who talk a ton of trash and think their team is invincible.

    Christian Ponder is bad, but Joe Webb isn’t even a quarterback. Excuses?!?! Seriously? Not having a quarterback is the best excuse for losing a playoff game. How many times does this Packers team get gift wrapped presents in the playoffs with QBs? You beat a seriously one dimensional team in the Vikings. The Bills could have game planned that.

    I love sandblaster’s post season “prediction” after beating a garbage QB. Isn’t this the same guy who predicted a GB win by 30 points last week??? Green Bay has a serious hole and its called defense. You can beat up on one dimensional conservative offenses all you like, but when you face a real threat like Atlanta or my Patriots, your porous defense will fold like a deck of cards.

  81. knotfan73 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:25 AM

    “an aging supporting cast”

    Dude, they are full of young talent. The bitterness in here tastes sweet!

  82. chatham10 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:29 AM

    The posts from the Green Bay fans are great, they are all excited that they beat a team with a qb who had not thrown a pass all year. The Vikings last year only won three games so this was a good year for them and what made it great that they knocked the Bears out of the playoffs and took the first round bye away from the Packers. I do not think that Ponder would have made a big difference but Webb did the best he could do and I wonder what the Packers would do if their double check qb went down?

  83. knotfan73 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:39 AM

    my Patriots, your porous defense will fold like a deck of cards.

    That’s funny cause according to rankings the Patriots d is ranked closely with GBs. So, I guess yours would fold also? It would be a shootout. I don’t think the Pats are going to get through Den though.

  84. urcrap says: Jan 6, 2013 11:41 AM

    To the real Packer fans, the ones who have enough gray in the hair to know the NFC North is Americas Division, congrats on your teams win last night. To the rest of the pretenders who only know how to say nasty things, you don’t count and are neither a friend or foe. Your just annoying. Much like a gnat. Sorry gnats.

  85. knotfan73 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:41 AM

    I wonder what the Packers would do if their double check qb went down?

    Well, if he did, we would be accused of making excuses.

  86. dplacido15 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:52 AM

    Great game for the packers i cant wait for them to meet up with the niners. Im a die hard niners fan and i think it will be a great game i just hope the niners dont come out flat like they did after their bye week. Niners have to win! I like rodgers and the pack team but i would like to see some new faces in the superbowl

  87. teal379 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:54 AM

    I do not think that Ponder would have made a big difference but Webb did the best he could do and I wonder what the Packers would do if their double check qb went down?

    If Harrell had to play last night – Packers still win. That’s the difference between GB and MN. There’s a TALENT game there at every position but RB.

    For the past 2 weeks all we’ve heard is how the Vikings ARE AP and how AP was going to single handedly beat the Packers.

    Well you HAD AP and did nothing in the playoffs. 40 yards in the first quarter and then 59 in the next 3 with 1/2 of those coming in garbage time when Fraiser was running the ball, down 3 scores with less than 10 minutes left in the game.

  88. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 6, 2013 12:04 PM

    This is the funniest Viking fan reaction to a loss since the infamous “THIS IS NOT DETROIT, MAN, THIS IS THE SUPERBOWL” game.

  89. purpleguy says: Jan 6, 2013 3:22 PM

    Congrats on the win Pack fans (at least the non-smug ones above) — would still probably have lost with Ponder, but the game might have been closer. The Pack is the better team. I do find it interesting, however, that some are celebrating the fact that AP had “only” 99 yards.

  90. chi01town says: Jan 6, 2013 3:36 PM

    All that just to run into the 49ers
    and San Francisco has a REAL defense. Randy Moss oops did I say
    that!! that offense is Ready and they
    wont laydown because Rodgers is across the field.

  91. wicuda says: Jan 6, 2013 4:07 PM

    Terry Bradshaw is the worlds biggest moron! Fox has the worst commentators !

  92. deltaoracle says: Jan 6, 2013 4:13 PM

    Yeah for the last five weeks all we heard was AP this and AP that, can’t stop the greatest ever, AP and Webb are gonna combine to hang 400 yards on you, blah blah blah. Now all of a sudden it’s “Well all you did was beat a one dimensional team.” Okay, fine, whatever helps you get to sleep.
    Vikings had a much better year than anyone expected, should be happy about that and hoping they aren’t this year’s Detroit flash in the pan. Most of their fans are, I think. Those like Veence, well sorry about reality, but it does rear its ugly head from time to time.

  93. timmy1975 says: Jan 6, 2013 4:14 PM

    Congrats to Packer fans. You are taking assertive baby steps to distract from your legacy of being the worst NFL team of the 1970s and 1980s. Your 20 years of embarassment is starting to become a memory.
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    Yeah Dougy, you’re right. (sigh) Two Super Bowl wins since those horrible years just doesn’t quite remove those memories. So tell me, just what is it that you queens fans use to wash that nasty taste of four Super Bowl appearances and FOUR BIG GOOSE EGGS ,outta those pie holes of yours? Here’s a great big SKOL! to you. Loser (s)

  94. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 6, 2013 4:21 PM

    packerfanslivevicariouslythroughtheirfootballteam says:
    Jan 6, 2013 11:23 AM
    I have officially adopted Packers stories as my second favorite on PFT. I have never seen such a dichotomous mix of fans. You have the classy fans who are knowledgeable about football, and then the pathetic superfans who talk a ton of trash and think their team is invincible.

    Christian Ponder is bad, but Joe Webb isn’t even a quarterback. Excuses?!?! Seriously? Not having a quarterback is the best excuse for losing a playoff game. How many times does this Packers team get gift wrapped presents in the playoffs with QBs? You beat a seriously one dimensional team in the Vikings. The Bills could have game planned that.

    I love sandblaster’s post season “prediction” after beating a garbage QB. Isn’t this the same guy who predicted a GB win by 30 points last week??? Green Bay has a serious hole and its called defense. You can beat up on one dimensional conservative offenses all you like, but when you face a real threat like Atlanta or my Patriots, your porous defense will fold like a deck of cards.

    lol, ok idiot. The Packers were 7th best in points allowed. You have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about, much like most Pats fans. You talk about other fans thinking their team is invincible and then you say that the Packers will fold like a deck of cards if they play your team. Are all idiot mama’s boys hypocrites, or just you?

    The only reason the Patriots aren’t losing this weekend is because they aren’t playing. Since it was proven that your team cheated, you haven’t won anything.

    The end.

  95. bfrsd says: Jan 6, 2013 4:27 PM

    I do not think that Ponder would have made a big difference but Webb did the best he could do and I wonder what the Packers would do if their double check qb went down?
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    It’s amazing how many Vikings fans have said what would the Packers do without Rodgers like it’s some sort of comparison to Ponder being out. The accurate comparison is Peterson being out, not Ponder.

    The Packers would roll the Vikings if Peterson and Rodgers were both out. Either way, Rodgers is the best player on either team because the QB position is more important than the RB position, and the rest of the Packers team is deeper and better than the Vikings.

    All things being equal/healthy; the Packers beat the Vikings at least 80% of the time. You give the Vikings Ponder and Harvin back, and you give the Packers half their offensive line back, Nick Perry, Desmond Bishop, Jerel Worthy, on and on and on, and the Packers win almost every game.

  96. anarchopurplism says: Jan 6, 2013 5:24 PM

    Congrats to the classy Pack fans. The game was a total let down with Ponder being out.

    The Pack didn’t shut out AD, but they stayed in their lanes & effectively contained him. Even more impressive was the semblance of a running game & the check down passes to the RB. The game plan was like a Laker game where Kobe “gets his teammates going” before taking over in 2nd half (circa a few years ago). I don’t think McCarthy “took his foot off the gas” as some have intimated. His run/pass mix was working, killing clock & with a lead against a 1 dimensional opponent without a QB, he managed the game well with minimal risk of turning the ball over. Well coached.

    This would have been a different game with Ponder. Vikes still would have been dogs, but more importantly it would have been much more fun to watch.

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