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Team with quarterback leads playoff game at halftime

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OK, as it turns out, having a quarterback helps.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is carving up the Vikings, helping the Packers to a 17-3 halftime lead in their Wild Card playoff game.

Rodgers is 14-of-18 for 205 yards, with the touchdowns coming on short runs that are almost mocking the Vikings.

Vikings quarterback Joe Webb, on the other hand, is struggling a bit, with six (6) net passing yards at the break. There was some optimism early about Webb being able to add a mobile dimension to the Vikings’ powerful run game, but it hasn’t shown since the opening drive. In fact, his passes look downright Tebow-nian, ending the half on a one-hopper.

The Vikings had a chance to keep this one close in a cold-weather game, but with Rodgers heating up, it looks like an early night for the Packers.

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40 Responses to “Team with quarterback leads playoff game at halftime”
  1. jakec4 says: Jan 5, 2013 9:33 PM

    That is some downright abysmal QB play if I’ve ever seen it. They’d be better off with Ty Webb.

  2. bowmanj35 says: Jan 5, 2013 9:35 PM

    lame attempt to be funny about Tebow. if you wanted to be accurate you’d say Mcnabbian.

  3. drillbit19k says: Jan 5, 2013 9:36 PM

    Don’t put it all on Webb, they are stuffing (adjusted standard) AP so far. But start making the excuses anyway…

  4. gogetembolts says: Jan 5, 2013 9:37 PM

    look 4 web 2 cum bak wit a strong seond 1/2 job. coaches gon cuss him in2 play good. Jus cuz coach name leslie dont mean he cant cuss LOL

  5. broncosfan29 says: Jan 5, 2013 9:42 PM

    I think they would be better off with Tebow at QB. When there is 4 seconds left in the half and the ball around midfield don’t most QB’s throw a hail mary to the endzone? Not this clown Joe Webb. He’d rather one hop a pass to a receiver. GARBAGE

  6. britishraven says: Jan 5, 2013 9:51 PM

    This is the worst QB play I’ve seen all year, including all Jets and Cardinals games

  7. pack13queens0 says: Jan 5, 2013 9:53 PM

    Looks like the end of the line for the Queens here. Now watch a real team go on to New Orleans & bring Lombardi home.

  8. keevel says: Jan 5, 2013 9:54 PM

    I like Joe Webb, but the read on him has always been “Amazing Athlete, needs to work on QB skills”, Much like the read on Ponder has been “Great leader, needs to work on QB fundamentals”

    The Vikings will be scary under Frazier when the first thing you mention about his QB is about their ability to play QB.

  9. boyshole25 says: Jan 5, 2013 9:56 PM

    Someone tell the vikings the game started 2 hours ago

  10. n0hopeleft says: Jan 5, 2013 9:56 PM

    Terrible snoozer of a game.. Amazing that the Vikes even made it… This sucks..

  11. justintuckrule says: Jan 5, 2013 9:56 PM

    This is brutal. My team should be here raining on the packers party for a third time

  12. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 5, 2013 9:56 PM

    Webb playing was the best thing for everyone involved, Packers fans AND Vikings fans.

    It was inevitable that the Packers would win, this just made it easier. Nice of the Vikings to scrimmage the Packers this week so that they could stay fresh for next week’s playoff game.

    It’s good for the Vikings fans, because now they have the “we would have won if Ponder had played” lie/excuse.

    Everyone wins.

  13. malkinrulez says: Jan 5, 2013 9:57 PM

    Webb makes tebow look like joe Montana

  14. raider23mike says: Jan 5, 2013 9:58 PM

    GB season ends next weekend

  15. trapshoot says: Jan 5, 2013 10:00 PM

    Give a little credit to GBs defense.

  16. ifmtony says: Jan 5, 2013 10:01 PM

    so they never hiked the ball how can the 12 men on the field call be made?

  17. rockthered1286 says: Jan 5, 2013 10:02 PM

    100 comments on the article about Webb starting, primarily from Vikes fans saying how bad they’ll crush the pack with webb in. This article? Currently 5 comments.

    Where did all the arrogant Vikes fans go??

  18. truthserum4u says: Jan 5, 2013 10:07 PM

    I figured the Vikings were going to lose and Webb’s play will almost assure the loss. But how about the refs feeling free to throw a flag against the Packers? It isn’t going to make a difference in the outcome, but it’s driving me nuts that there have been so many not being called.

    Oh, just saw another one: Kevin Willians was just held and then tackled on the Kuhn TD catch. Nelson has thrown a defensive back to the ground to get open and obviously pushed-off on his catch setting up the TD before halftime. Not to mention that bubble screen the Packers always run (last week as well) where they are clearly setting picks or blocking DBs while the ball is in the air, or the LT holding Allen on almost every pass play.

    Again, not saying it’s why the Vikings losing, it’s just frustrating watching a team get away with blatant (and intentional) penalties.

  19. azusadave says: Jan 5, 2013 10:10 PM

    After the Vikes drove70 yards in the games first 7 plays, I was getting excited to watch a good football game. Then I saw Webb throw the ball. Looks like early bedtime for me.

  20. Jeff says: Jan 5, 2013 10:11 PM

    I’ll settle for the refs actually calling one of those Offensive Holds on the Packers in the 2nd half

  21. hurrayforyogapants says: Jan 5, 2013 10:12 PM

    I think AD is going to have get it going if he’s going to get the 200 yards I predicted.,.

  22. packerpride03 says: Jan 5, 2013 10:12 PM

    Where are the queen fans talking smack? Haters going to hate go pack

  23. jakec4 says: Jan 5, 2013 10:17 PM

    Down 24-3 near the end of the third quarter and they’re still completely one dimensional with running it every play. Conceding defeat isn’t much better to me than playing to win and getting embarrassed.

  24. jerrykill4pres says: Jan 5, 2013 10:27 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:Jan 5, 2013 9:56 PM

    Webb playing was the best thing for everyone involved, Packers fans AND Vikings fans.

    It was inevitable that the Packers would win, this just made it easier. Nice of the Vikings to scrimmage the Packers this week so that they could stay fresh for next week’s playoff game.

    It’s good for the Vikings fans, because now they have the “we would have won if Ponder had played” lie/excuse.

    Everyone wins.
    ————————————————————–

    No, not the we would have won if Ponder played excuse… It’s the “now will you shut up about Webb being the QB instead of Ponder?”

    Webb is an athlete that needs to be on the outside, not behind center.

    Game was like i said last week, and this week. Decided in the trenches. GB controlled the line of scrimmage this week. Last week, MN controlled it. That’s the one thing that is the variable in the games. Peterson can do as much damage to a defense as Rodgers can. But if Rodgers has time, he can pick a secondary apart. If Peterson get’s past the line of scrimmage, he will get his 200 yards, and Vikings would win.

    It’s 24-3, which by some standards isn’t a complete blow out. But if you look at the difference in how the teams have played, it could be 41-3 by now. Packers are seriously bored with the game, and were by the half. After seeing Webb throw 2 passes, they were bored and knew it wasn’t going to be a challenge.

  25. bfrsd says: Jan 5, 2013 10:28 PM

    We already have the ref complaining going on. Really Vikings fans? This game has been officiated just fine. You could call a hold on almost every play. They only call them if they’re extremely obvious. The Kevin Williams play was not a hold buddy.

  26. koenig61 says: Jan 5, 2013 10:32 PM

    A GB fan wants credit for GB playing defense? Are you serious? GB has 10 defenders in the box. Wow amazing how they are holding Peterson in check. I doubt any other NFL team could hold him in check with 10 Defenders. (Sarcasm). Webb is atrocious tonight. GB doesn’t even have to worry about Minnesota throwing. Ad no I’m not a Vikings fan, I can just recognize fundamental football. Hard to give GB credit when one team is so handcuffed.

  27. nygdriveforfive says: Jan 5, 2013 10:33 PM

    Three things I come away with from this game so far: Webb stinks, gb can’t tackle, and Atl will represent the nfc in the SB. Never been a rook to win the bowl (sea/wash out) kapernick is not ready, and gb’s defense stinks.

  28. 8man says: Jan 5, 2013 10:35 PM

    Packers are the superior team. I like them in SF next week.

  29. anarchopurplism says: Jan 5, 2013 10:36 PM

    Joe Webb is a WR. Brad Childress was the one who was the brainchild of making Webb a QB. Punt on that idea. The guy can barely hit a broad side of a barn.

    At least the Purple Rubes who have been pulling for Webb can shut their traps now.

  30. themackstrong says: Jan 5, 2013 10:39 PM

    Packers got lucky having to play Joe Webb, Ponder was terrible but at least they had to respect that he could throw a pass 10 yards within a receiver. I’m sorry Vikings, AP is awesome but without an actual QB playing today- they shouldn’t have been in playoffs. Turned the game off at half time.

  31. CKL says: Jan 5, 2013 10:41 PM

    Man watching Webb throw those bounce passes must give Vikings fans horrible McNabb flashbacks.
    I know he’s not playing well but IIRC against Philly a couple years ago, he looked decent, certainly better than tonight. Can’t help but feel he wasn’t well prepared by the coaching staff.

  32. otis52gsh says: Jan 5, 2013 10:48 PM

    This is what happens queen lovers when the real playoffs start. Where is transponder7 and all the other purple loudmouths? Enjoy your off season like us bears fans are. Least we draft ahead of you. hahaha

  33. whoknowsnothing says: Jan 5, 2013 10:52 PM

    The Vikings loss this game the minute they announced Ponder was inactive.

    Find a better backup that can at least make some passes Vikings!!!

    And I thought this was going to be another great game to watch.

  34. axespray says: Jan 5, 2013 11:08 PM

    All that yap like you and your team matter – now where the viking fans at ?

  35. The Doctor says: Jan 5, 2013 11:10 PM

    Please do not let me hear anyone calling for Joe Webb ever again. The only thing they should call Webb for is to give him a pink slip. Adios

  36. Ponder This says: Jan 5, 2013 11:36 PM

    What do you think of Christian Ponder now?

  37. derklempner says: Jan 5, 2013 11:41 PM

    @truthserum4u:
    “Again, not saying it’s why the Vikings losing, it’s just frustrating watching a team get away with blatant (and intentional) penalties.”

    As if there aren’t 20 uncalled holding penalties on every team in every game of every season of the NFL. Get over that nonsense, because I don’t think anybody complains about that any more. It’s simply part of the game now.

  38. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 6, 2013 8:38 AM

    So Ponder can’t throw the ball more than 10 yards, and now all of a sudden that’s a problem?

  39. dolphandan says: Jan 6, 2013 12:32 PM

    “Tebow-nian” ? Did’t Tebow light up the Steelers for 316 yards passing, 50 yards rushing along with 2 passing TD’s and 1 rushing TD in a first round playoff win last year ?

  40. vikingfan1971 says: Jan 6, 2013 2:36 PM

    the game was rigged and that is a fact, there should have been a face mask call on the packs, when the one packers took adrian down by his face mask, and they saw it as he had the ball.
    The game was not fair it was all for greenbay, you can say I am butt hurt all you want, but if that happen to your precious packers you would say the same thing, like one packer fan saying last game we played at home against you was a fluke, no it wasnt get over it they won that one fair and square, and yes the vikings played horrible there is no doubt about that but they played with a quarter back they have not played with all year. I am so sick of packer fans good luck when you play the 49ers you will be at home watching the super bowl just like the vikings are.

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