Aaron Jones rushes for two TDs as Packers clinch division with 23-10 win over Vikings

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Aaron Jones rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns and Davante Adams caught 13 passes for 116 yards as the Green Bay Packers clinched the NFC North title with a 23-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night.

The win puts the Packers in position to earn a first-round bye next weekend with a win over the Detroit Lions.

The Packers defense also suffocated Kirk Cousins, Mike Boone and the Minnesota offense as they missed the presence of Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison. The Vikings managed just 139 yards of offense on the night as Adam Theilen was held without a catch.

Jones and Adams each lost fumbles and Aaron Rodgers was intercepted once as well as first half turnovers gave Minnesota the early advantage. A 21-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Stefon Diggs after the Anthony Harris interception of Rodgers served as the only touchdown for either team until late in the third quarter.

Mason Crosby‘s three field goals from 42, 33 and 19 yards brought the Packers within a point, 10-9, at halftime.

Cousins was intercepted by Kevin King on a deep shot to Diggs that helped Green Bay finally flip the script and find the end zone. The pick gave the Packers the ball near midfield and eight plays later Jones sprung free for a 12-yard touchdown to take their first lead of the night. A two-point conversion from Rodgers to Geronimo Allison pushed the lead to 17-10.

Rodgers completed 26 of 40 passes for 216 yards with an interception.

Meanwhile, Minnesota just couldn’t get anything accomplished offensively. Cousins was sacked five times with Za'Darius Smith racked up 3.5 sacks and five total quarterback hits on the night.

Just one play after linebacker Anthony Barr was sidelined, Jones delivered the final blow for the Packers. Jones knifed through the Packers’ line for a 56-yard touchdown that gave Green Bay a 23-10 lead with 5:51 left to play.

A 53-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Bisi Johnson was negated by a holding penalty on tackle Riley Reiff against Kyler Fackrell that would have given the Vikings a chance to revive their chances.

Cousins completed 16 of 31 passes for 122 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Boone was held to just 28 yards on 11 carries in place of Cook and Mattison.

131 responses to “Aaron Jones rushes for two TDs as Packers clinch division with 23-10 win over Vikings

  1. Finally! Aaron gets a win at the new stadium. Even though he looked pretty bad. Took him long enough. Good win for my Pack.

  2. If, as the Lavender trolls have contended all year. the NFL and the refs are conspiring in the best interest of the Packers, then all Packer/Viking games would be scheduled on Monday Nights as long as Cousins is playing for Minnie.

  3. There are three things certain in life: the Packers winning the NFC North, the Patriots winning the AFC East, and Jason Garrett being employed by the Dallas Cowboys.

  4. Didn’t see that coming.

    Smith Single handedly destroyed the whole minny line.

    We got after Cousins, pettine called a great game.

    Wore out that minny D

    Dominant game in that house of horrors.

  5. 139 yards and a total of 7 first downs by the Vikings offense, 13 catches by Adams and 150 yards for Jones by Green Bay against the Viking’s ‘vaunted defense’, in their house. That my friends is DOMINATION of your opponent.

  6. Second time watching GB and first time watching MN this year, I have respect for both teams; that said – Vikes looked awful, They have talent but Cousins looks lost out there. If I were their defense I’d be really upset – they did all they could and the playcalling on offense was bad, the O-line looked helpless and Cousins is a hot mess. Dang…

  7. So GB has a “historically bad” defense but holds MN to 139 TOTAL yards. GB’s RB had more offense alone than MN.

    Vikings are hot garbage

  8. GREAT win by the Pack. Now a chance for the #1 seed in the playoffs should the Seahawks raise up beat the Niners and the Pack beats the Lions.
    Although GB defense manhandled the Viking OLine tonight, the absence of Cook should not be lost with this victory. The Vikings are a different team with him in the line-up. Once it was clear that Boone wasn’t Cook, it was on Cousins and ……well we know how that plays out. Again, excellent win to seal the division title for GB. Now, enjoy Christmas Pack fans and team, and on to Detroit for a lot still on the line. Go Pack!!
    PS: Z is a beast.

  9. Let’s see: A garbage defense, a soft team with no heart, an over-the-hill Diva QB, a team with no starters who could make the Vikings’ roster, a rookie coach only hired because he was friends with Sean McVay, and, let’s see… Oh yeah…
    YOUR NFC North Champions! AAAROOOOOO!!

  10. 7 first down, in the whole game. There are games when a team has 7 first downs on a single drive. The Vikings have a 58 year of choking, they just decided to start early this year.

  11. Obviously, the refs will be getting a big Christmas bonus from Pack. How else can you explain such total domination of the Barneys in their own 1.2 billion dollar monument to minisoda stupidity. (Sarc)

  12. Fun game to watch as a Packer fan. But the Vikings will be a different team in the playoffs when they have Cook back. My guess is they rest him next week as well – no real point rushing him back if the difference between winning and losing is the 5th or 6th seed. If they have a healthy Cook back for the wildcard round, they will be a much more formidable force.

  13. Not a Packers fan. Ever. Minnesota, it was there for you. A chance at first place, in your house, on national TV and it just didn’t happen. How do the Packers turn the ball over three times in your stadium and your team only eke out 139 total yards while the visiting team rushes for more than your total? Just an awful performance.

  14. Because the Vikings played like the gutless cowards they always are, the Packers advance to the 2nd round of the playoffs. Thanks Loserville!

    Congrats to the most successful franchise in NFL history for their 13-3 season, and bye week.

  15. the8man says:
    December 23, 2019 at 11:38 pm
    Not a Packers fan. Ever. Minnesota, it was there for you. A chance at first place, in your house, on national TV and it just didn’t happen. How do the Packers turn the ball over three times in your stadium and your team only eke out 139 total yards while the visiting team rushes for more than your total? Just an awful performance.

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    Well they did get 7 first downs, so cut ’em a little slack!

  16. Very encouraging — very PROMISING — showing by the Vikes. Adjusting expectations after unavailability of Cook, you have to ask yourself — what do you look for in a team that could make noise in the postseason and years to come? Well, for one, we like that QB sensation Cousins completed 16 passes against 15 that failed to connect. That’s over 50%.

    We like that the Vikings forced 3 first half takeaways en route to essentially winning both the 1st quarter and the first half, 10-9. We like that the Vike D stonewalled Rogers on a 1st and G at the 1 to preserve the first half victory.

    So watch out, NFC field. And watch out, Packers. These Vikes will be a tough out in January and, who knows? February?

  17. the8man says:
    December 23, 2019 at 11:38 pm
    Not a Packers fan. Ever. Minnesota, it was there for you. A chance at first place, in your house, on national TV and it just didn’t happen. How do the Packers turn the ball over three times in your stadium and your team only eke out 139 total yards while the visiting team rushes for more than your total? Just an awful performance.
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    Gotta give the Packers D some credit for that. The Vikings Oline got owned all night by the Packer’s pass rush, and other than a couple of plays, the defensive backfield covered the deep ball.

  18. Vikingfan,just log off and head back to the basement for a couple of weeks. Nothing good is going to happen if you keep doubling-, tripling- and even quadrupling-down on your history as a factory of failure. The best team won. Have fun as the six seed, good luck with Kirk.

  19. I can’t believe the refs held Cousins and the Vikings offense to only 150 yards. That has to be it, right? It couldn’t be because the Vikings couldn’t get the job done even when the Packers were begging them to run away with the game in the first half, with the constant turnovers.

  20. northernpackfan says:
    December 23, 2019 at 11:38 pm
    Fun game to watch as a Packer fan. But the Vikings will be a different team in the playoffs when they have Cook back. My guess is they rest him next week as well – no real point rushing him back if the difference between winning and losing is the 5th or 6th seed. If they have a healthy Cook back for the wildcard round, they will be a much more formidable force.

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    So, they’ll get what with Cook? 10 first downs?

  21. Viking fans on this site can let the air out of their chest now. All week we heard:
    Vikings will win by double digits
    Cousins is better than Rodgers
    Vikings are clearly a better team
    Green Bay can only win when the refs give them the game

    It must be heartbreaking, but nobody deserves to cry themselves to sleep more than the Viking fans on this site. Enjoy your 6th seed. Your team sure doesn’t look like a 6 seed.

    PS: Your tears are delicious.

  22. Might finally get some piece and quiet in the comment section after this. How sweet to win the division in the Vikings house. Christmas is starting off with a bang! Go Pack go and Merry Christmas to everyone.

  23. cheeseisfattening says:
    December 23, 2019 at 11:42 pm
    Congrats Packers. You can now celebrate for a year

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    Or the next 59 years.

  24. Coach LaFleur has never lost to Marvin Zimmer. And the Vikings have not beaten Green Bay in 393 days. And the Vikings have the least amount of cap space. Happy Holidays!

  25. cheeseisfattening says:
    December 23, 2019 at 11:42 pm
    Congrats Packers. You can now celebrate for a year
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    I’m impressed – even in the face of all the trolls, you have the maturity to come and congratulate the opponent. Maybe you’re not as ridiculous as I thought.

  26. I’ve heard all season long how this team is soft and the D is garbage. Spotted 3 turnovers and only 7 first downs and 139 TOTAL YARDS.

    And please don’t cry because cook was out. Your qb is paid $84M guaranteed. He should be able to put this team on his back and win. Especially when you’re gifted 3 turnovers. If you think cook would’ve made the difference in winning then he should be paid the 84M guaranteed and be the mvp

  27. madtowndan says:
    December 23, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    So, they’ll get what with Cook? 10 first downs?
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    If you think that’s the only impact that a top 5 RB has on the game, then you don’t know much about football.

    Cook gets to the edge, which spreads the defense out, and forces the safeties to cheat outside. Boone is an up the middle guy, and it allowed the safeties to stay home and play the pass because Martinez and the dline were able to handle the middle.

  28. Another tainted win by the garbage Packers and their corrupt collusion with the refs.
    They were committing penalties on over half the plays and are never called.
    They should banned from the NFL along with the refs.

  29. dfwhawkguy says:
    December 23, 2019 at 11:32 pm
    Oh cool! Always enjoy watching the Pack play in their single playoff game each season.

    zzzzzzzzz

    How’s that 1yr dynasty working out for you?

  30. > Well they did get 7 first downs, so cut ’em a little slack!

    And with just 2 more yards, Cousins would’ve averaged 4 yds per attempt.

  31. Minnesota’s play calling was terrible and Cousins was rattled all game. O line cannot just line up and bully anyone, they need to get flowing laterally and use their athleticism. Vikings defense played ok but got no help from the offense. Green Bay just took it to them in their own house. Embarrassing performance from the Vikings.

  32. Mike Zimmer with the least gracious handshake ever.
    Sub-par class.
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    Glad someone mentioned that. Total DB handshake. Lost a little respect for him after that.

  33. Hopefully Bob Quinn and Matty P watched this game. What Za’Darius and Preston smith have done for that GB defense is exactly what the Lions need to at least compete for the north. Never been sold on cousins but doesn’t matter who you are when guys are in your face every time you want to pass. I hope GB and Minnie go one and done.

  34. They said “rest Cook till the playoffs”.

    They said “we don’t need him against Green Bay anyway”.

    They said “Boone is better than Aaron Jones”.

    Viking fans.

    LOL

  35. That was a garbage offensive performance from a team with zero depth.

    If you have the best cap guy in the business with a competent GM you aren’t left giving game checks to the likes of Treadwell and/or Doctson.

    Mike Boone was not as advertised, maybe Roc Thomas has learned how to roll up a towel?

  36. Every team has an Achilles heel and GB’s tonight was their HOF QB. Just imagine if Rodgers and this offense clicks in the playoffs.

  37. pkrlvr says:
    December 23, 2019 at 11:57 pm
    Mike Zimmer with the least gracious handshake ever.
    Sub-par class.
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    Glad someone mentioned that. Total DB handshake. Lost a little respect for him after that.
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    Watched his press conference. He had no answers for anything really. Even when a reporter asked him something easy about how losing Kendricks affected the run defense, Zimmer’s response was “I don’t know”. He looked absolutely baffled, I wouldn’t want him running my team if that’s how he responds to adversity.

  38. at the end of the day, all that matters is who plays in miami in February, and from the looks of this game, neither of these teams will be representing the NFC.

    And packer fans, don’t tell me I’m delusional – Rodgers looks like he’s aging the same way Phillip Rivers has been, which isn’t something to write home about. The defense looked good, but you just played a team that had Kirk looking like a deer in the headlights with ZERO offensive line help the entire game. If Rodgers played every snap with a defender about to rip his face off, he’d have done about the same as good ol Capt Kirk.

    New Orleans or SF are going to be fun matchups for the packers in the next few weeks…congrats on the W

  39. ballinwithoutyou says:
    December 23, 2019 at 11:58 pm
    I hope GB and Minnie go one and done.
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    If they do, it’ll make the Lions look even worse, since so far, Detroit has gone 0-3 against them so far, and I don’t see it getting much better for them in week 17.

  40. Kirk is not the guy. He’s a great backup, and will find his way back to that position after the Vikings move on from him. Made his money though. Packers will lose to the Saints, so enjoy the brief glow, guys. Rogers already won all the rings he’s going to win, just like Favre.

  41. Let me congratulate the Packers on a well played game and the Division Title, I have had my days or giving you guys grief but its become apparent to me that between the QB and Coach, that our team is just not good enough to compete against the better teams. Good luck and best wishes as it’s obvious we have no shot to win the Superbowl so I will humbly root for the pack. 45 years of rooting for the Vikes and it has finally hit me that I may very well die before this Team wins the “big one”, not saying I will ever quit rooting for them but enough with this building a team full of guys that like each other, its time to tear it down and start over with a new QB and Coach, under this regime we just continue to be a no show when it matters most and the concept of putting the QB in a position to not lose a game is just so shameful. We made a mistake, time to cut our losses and move on. I will say it again, time to tear it down and start over, the current team is just not good enough to be the better teams.

  42. Credit to GB, they came in and dominated tonight. The Vikings looked completely unprepared to play in a huge division game. I’m afraid we’re looking at another one and done in the playoffs. I’m a huge fan, but typical Vikings.

  43. Gonna be a cold, cold winter in MN this year

    Dang, just, dang

    Worst part is, I can’t even sulk about the Seahawks’ hard times now, ain’t no time harder than Vikings’ time right now

  44. Post
    1. I still think Cousins is good. This was a Vikings offensive TEAM loss… coaching and down. Let’s pretend we understand the game a little please.
    2. Fans of Vikings that blame the refs for Minn lack of success or GB success; it’s embarrassing. Have some self respect.
    3. Does anyone else feel like GB could put it together and dominate? It’s like one piece to tip from mediocrity to dominate? 12-3 with only +60 diff is odd as hell.

  45. Not a fan of either team, but if you’re a Vike fan you have to be embarrassed with that pitiful performance. Same ole’ Kirk. Never ready for prime time. Zimmer outcoached by a rookie coach. Vike fans always get fired up when Minn wins a few games but it never ends well.

  46. Not a fan of either team, but if you’re a Vike fan you have to be embarrassed with that pitiful performance. Same ole’ Kirk. Never ready for prime time. Zimmer outcoached by a rookie coach. Vike fans always get fired up when Minn wins a few games but it never ends well.

  47. The refs did NOT play any major role in this game.
    And that is good. Packers beat the Vikings on the road. Good game.

    Only one creative play was run and it failed.
    No creativity on offense for the Vikings.
    No screens.
    No quick passes to Thielen or Diggs off the line.
    Up the middle twice. Then a horrible pass.

    Cousins is a .500 QB. On one game, off the next.

    While the playoffs are always fun, don’t get too excited over Cousins.

  48. Both defenses played very well. But a weak Oline and no RB threat kept the Viking defense on the field too long. They were worn out in the second half and the Packers were able to take advantage.

    Congrats to the Packers. Great first year for a rookie coach. Not sure either of these teams will do much in the playoffs, but if Rodgers can get in sync with the receivers they have a chance.

  49. Packers rushed 2 or 3, only blitzed once and got to the QB on almost every play.

    Should be a rule you have to have a competitive o-line to play.

  50. Once again the preseason purple pronosticators fail;

    1. Packers finishing third or fourth in the division. FAIL
    2. Vikings winning division by sweeping division. FAIL
    3. Vikings offense and defense dominating division. FAIL
    4. Kirk Cousins winning MVP. FAIL

  51. In the NFL collectively we have many Victory Mondays..some Victory Tuesdays and Fridays..and occasionally Victory Sundays..but nothing feels as good as a Victory Christmas Eve!!!
    Merry Christmas!!!

    Postscript: GoPackGo!!!

  52. This game started out very badly for the Packers. Good teams win bad games. Getting the US Bank monkey off their back feels good too, especially when done in such a domineering manner. The Packers didn’t flinch after giving up three silver-platter turnovers on the wrong side of the fifty. And what can be said about that crappy defense?

  53. pumpelly says:
    December 24, 2019 at 8:26 am
    KC is one of the most overrated QB’s in history.
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    I disagree, I think the sane people that watch football, have him right were he should a guy that is on the fringe of being a top 10 QB. Sure he has put up good numbers, but the Vikings have treated him like a Rookie QB, such as the Steelers did with Big Ben, and the Seahawks with Wilson, rely on defense and run game, and get the ball out quick.

    The difference is Wilson and Big Ben turned into leaders progressed and eventually made the players around them better, while the Vikings count on Diggs, Cook, and the rest of the offense to elevate Cousins.

    I think we can all agree that Cousins is overpaid though.

  54. Another tainted win and division crown by the cheating packers.
    If they didn’t collude with the refs they would never win a game.
    The whole football world of fans need to stand up and demand packers get fined and banned from the league.

  55. The Vikings are not a very good organization. Owners who can’t hire a good GM or head coach. A GM who is lousy at evaluating first round picks and QB’s. A head coach who can only coach one side of the ball. Some will argue that the team is good, as it has been division champs, and to the playoffs three times including this year. But it took a miracle at home for one playoff win. This team will continue to mire in mediocrity with this crew running the show.

  56. Well, “aaronspornstash,” the Packers fans are here to talk…

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    aaronspornstash says:

    November 26, 2019 at 11:15 am

    Wafflestomp says:
    November 26, 2019 at 9:06 am
    Wait…..this is odd.
    The Vikings have the same record as the Packers and the Barneys have spent the better part of this season whining about how their team was only one game out of first place in the NFC North.
    Yet, their team remains in the 6th seed while the Packers are still well ahead of them in 3rd.
    Hmm……can this be?
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    Big talk for a team who has lost 4 straight traveling to the West coast the past 3 years, gets thrashed by the Chargers, barely beats the Panthers and gets annihilated by the 9ers. Just a quick reminder, you beat the bears 10-6, beat Detroit on a gift to the refs in the closing moments and in the Vikings match up picked off a bone headed throw by Cousins. Since which he has only thrown one. Cousins is playing far better than your 103 million dollar QB.
    6th seed I’ll take it for now. Come talk to us after week 17 when the seeds will be final. Until then worry about your own teams performance the past three games and your last 3 outta 5 on the road. They don’t’ hand out division titles with 5 games left Homie.

  57. Cousins is playing far better than your 103 million dollar QB.
    6th seed I’ll take it for now.
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    No he isn’t, while you may be content with his “stats” QBs are paid to win. Cousins is 1-2-1 against that much hated rival, and that tie was “gifted” to the Vikings if you want to bring up officiating. When things aren’t perfect for him he gets rattled, when he has to move in the pocket he drops back 10 more yards. When the pressure gets tighter late in games they behind he makes poors plays more frequently than he should.

    The Packers haven’t played their best and most people agree on that, but everyone knows that their defense has been able to bend not break they have given up less than 17 points in 8 games, and any time that happens the Packers should win, because they should certainly be able to put up 17 points. They do need to put teams away which is also something they didn’t do, but doesn’t mean they can’t get hot at the right time and bring some momentum into the post season.

  58. Cousins is not a ” good ” QB. Sufficient to an extant, still in existence; surviving, and no where near great. Certainly not a championship QB. Paired with a HC who only knows the offense is what a defense goes against, that does not make a good team.
    I root for the Vikings, but I am a realist. This team will not go far with the people who are running the show. Belichick is the only defensive minded HC that has won more then two SB’s, and his organization cheats. An offensive minded HC is the best way to go about getting to, or winning, a SB.

  59. Poor effort by the vikings offense and poor game plan. Vikings defense actually played well until Kendricks and Barr went down with injuries, which allowed the packers to get the run going.

    Vikings offense was abysmal but that’s honestly what I expected without Cook and Mattison. How do you think the packers would have done without Jones and Williams? I can’t think much better.

    As a vikings fan, all i can hope is that this team gets a wake up call after ending their season with 2 straight home losses, but I doubt it. Zimmer simply doesn’t fire this team up. No DOG in this team. Defenses don’t fear Cousins. Just another this season that will end in disappointment, but I honestly stopped caring after they lost to the patriots last year because that was all i needed to know about how far this team would go.

  60. aj66shanghai says:
    December 24, 2019 at 2:34 am
    Gonna be a cold, cold winter in MN this year

    Dang, just, dang

    Worst part is, I can’t even sulk about the Seahawks’ hard times now, ain’t no time harder than Vikings’ time right now
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    unlike packer fans, a bad football team is not going to affect our day to day lives. lol. it’s just a silly game, dude. i don’t know why all you packer fans have to make it about so much more than the silly game it is, but you do, so whatever helps you sleep at night.

  61. This is what happens when you dump the man who took you to the NFC Championship to pay a guaranteed $84 million for some guy who has never won a playoff game over his entire, overrated career.

    Another example of a bad team making bad decisions.

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