Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) runs past Minnesota Vikings
strong safety Andrew Sendejo (34) an defensive end Everson
Griffen (97) during the first half.
The Green Bay Packers were in a
funk, booed by their loyal fans the week before and passed by the
Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers responded with a
resolute victory, fending off the Vikings like Clay Matthews waving
his finger after tackling Adrian Peterson for a loss.
Rodgers threw for a pair of touchdown passes
without a turnover, Datone Jones had two of Green Bay's six sacks
and Eddie Lacy contributed a season-high 100 yards rushing to help
the Packers beat the Vikings 30-13 on Sunday and stop a three-game
"Maybe we'll get you guys off our back for a
couple days," Rodgers said. "We've been taking it on the chin,
rightfully so, the last three weeks after a couple real poor
performances. This was an important week for us. We really stuck
James Jones had six catches for 109 yards after
several quiet games and Mason Crosby made all five of his field goal
tries, lifting the Packers (7-3) to their 10th win over the Vikings
in the last 11 meetings with Rodgers at quarterback. He has thrown
for 28 touchdown passes with just three interceptions in those
Packers wide receiver James Jones (89) makes a catch for a
touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings during the second half.
From Lacy to Crosby to the two-time NFL
MVP Rodgers, the underperforming Packers bounced back in a big way
to post the highest score against the Vikings this season.
"I think sometimes we play a little better when we start to get
questioned," said Rodgers, who was a ho-hum 16-for-34 for 212 yards
but brilliant when he needed to be on third-down scoring passes to
Jones and Randall Cobb.
The Vikings (7-3) had their five-game winning streak shoved back in
their face by a proud Packers team that clearly wasn't ready to
concede a division it has won four straight times. The rematch is on
Jan. 3 in Green Bay.
"This team you saw play today, it wasn't us. We were out of sync,
out of whack," said Peterson, who was held to 45 yards on 13 carries
with one touchdown. He lost a fumble at the Packers 21 early in the
Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) runs away from Green Bay
Packers strong safety Micah Hyde (33) on his way to a touchdown
during the first half.
Teddy Bridgewater took back-to-back
sacks to prompt a punt on the next possession, all but sealing the
first loss by the Vikings at home in eight games since the Packers
won here almost exactly a year ago.
"We've got to fix this. You've got to be able to win when the whole
world is watching," cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said.
Right after the ugliest of their three straight defeats, an 18-16
decision at home against Detroit, Rodgers and the Packers roared
back with a vintage performance against the Vikings to the delight
of the enemy fans chanting, "Go, Pack, Go!" throughout the evening.
"Sometimes you have to look in the mirror, especially with the
losses we'd had," Matthews said.
The Packers used a 50-yard pass interference penalty on Terence
Newman, who was covering Jeff Janis on third-and-15 from the 15, to
set up the 10-yard touchdown toss by Rodgers to Cobb with 10 seconds
left in the first half.
An illegal contact call on Anthony Barr during a third-down
incompletion gave Rodgers yet another opportunity on that defining
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) hands off to running back
James Starks (44) during the first half of an NFL football game
against the Minnesota Vikings.
On the first play of the fourth
quarter, Rodgers rolled right on third-and-9 and zinged the ball to
Jones at the edge of the end zone for a 27-yard score on. He
shoveled the 2-point conversion pass to Jones, too, for a 27-13
After Rodgers attempted 61 passes against the Lions and came away
with a sore shoulder, the Packers were determined to re-establish
Lacy and James Starks between the tackles.
"This is the way we prefer to play," coach Mike McCarthy said.
Bridgewater took quite a bruising, leaving the game briefly with an
injury to his left shoulder but still finishing 25 for 37 for 296
yards and a touchdown without any turnovers. The Packers went
without a sack on their entire three-game losing streak.
Peterson, the NFL's leading rusher who passed the 1,000-yard mark
for a seventh season, averaged 116 yards over the first 15 times he
played the Packers with four games of 150-plus yards.
NOTES: Kyle Rudolph had a touchdown and a career-high 106
yards receiving for the Vikings. ... The Packers lost center Corey
Linsley (ankle) and safety Micah Hyde (hip) to injuries.