Green Bay – The Packers survived the NFC playoff chase by beating the Vikings 41-17 at Lambeau Field on Sunday. Green Bay now dominates postseason fortunes.
Combined with Washington’s loss to Cleveland earlier in the day, the Packers need a 9-8 finish to clinch the No. 7 seed in the NFC and need no more help. Green Bay is now 8-8 on his four-game winning streak, and next week he will face Detroit, also 8-8, in his regular season finale. The date and time of that match is undecided.
The NFC North winners, the Vikings, fell 12-4 and are in contention for the playoff seed.
The Packers opened the scoring with Keithean Nixon’s 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and never seemed to give up.
The Green Bay defense had four takeaways (three interceptions and one fumble) against Vikings QB Kirk Cousins after stopping Minnesota with a goal-to-go from the 1-yard line following a blocked punt. produced.
S Darnell Savage’s interception from a deflection was returned for Green Bay’s second scoring touchdown of the game. S Adrian Amos also deflected the pick, and S Rudy Ford intercepted a deep ball in the fourth quarter. DL Kenny Clarke also had his fumble sack dodging the Vikings’ drive in the third period.
The Packers scored 28 total points from turnovers, the most in a game in Green Bay since 2005, leading 41–3 before Minnesota scored twice late in the game.
With the Packers, Jordan Love took over relief after QB Aaron Rodgers went 15/24 for 159 yards with a 1 TD and a 95.7 passer rating. WR Allen Lazard for 59 yards he recorded 5 catches and TE’s Robert his Toyan for 52 yards he recorded 3 grabs including his TD for 24 yards.
RB Aaron Jones finished the season with 1,000 rushing yards on 14 carries for 111 yards. RB AJ Dillon, on the other hand, recorded 41 yards on his 12 carries and his fifth straight game with touchdowns saw him TD.
For the Vikings, Cousins went 18/31 for 205 yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs and a 49.2 rating before being replaced in the second half by Nick Mullens. WR Jalen Naylor recorded his three catches for his 89 yards, including his TD for 47 yards. TE TJ Hockenson and WR KJ Osborne for 59 yards each he recorded 7 catches and Osborne scored his TD.
Top receiver Justin Jefferson had just one catch for 15 yards.
RB Alexander Mathison had 38 yards on 8 carries, Cousins had 37 scrambles for 37 yards, and RB Dalvin Cook had just 27 yards on 9 carries.
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