GREEN BAY | For a few moments Lambeau Field went deadly silent. Aaron Rodgers was sandwiched and sacked in the third quarter by two Vikings defenders and lay motionless on the turf. After getting up on his own power and being checked by seemingly every athletic trainer in Brown County, Rodgers was given the “OK” to come back in the game with the Packers leading the Vikings 28-13 in the 3rd quarter. He continued to be his magnificent self.
Rodgers threw a 13-yard touchdown strike to tight end Richard Rodgers to put Green Bay up 38-13 with 9:02 to go in the 4th quarter. It was Aaron Rodgers 5th touchdown of the game (4 throwing, one running). After that score, Rodgers was 28-38 for 347 yards passing, 4 touchdowns, no interceptions, one rushing touchdown, and a 136.6 passer rating. It’s the first time the Vikings defense has given up 300+ yards to a quarterback this season.
Packers kicker Mason Crosby booted a 48-yard field goal to start the 4th quarter to give Green Bay a 31-13 lead.
With the clock winding down, the Vikings drove down the field and converted on a third-and-goal play to Stefon Diggs for a short touchdown. Minnesota then missed the extra point, but closed the gap to 38-19.
Brett Hundley replaced Aaron Rodgers late in the fourth quarter and the defense allowed a garbage-time touchdown, but the Packers held on to win the game 38-25. It moves Green Bay to 9-6 on the season and one win away from an eighth consecutive playoff appearance.
After his first half performance it’s safe to say Rodgers is very much back in the MVP discussion. He was 19-22 for 268 yards, 3 touchdowns, no interceptions heading into the locker room. Rodgers also added a rushing touchdown just before the half with the Packers leading 28-13. Rodgers finished the first half with a 157.0 passer rating.
With the Vikings driving at mid-field and just over a minute to go in the half, Clay Matthews forced a fumble and Rodgers went to work connecting with Geronimo Allison for 32 yards. Rodgers capped off the drive with a six yard touchdown scamper.
Earlier in the second quarter, Vikings center Nick Easton fumbled the snap. Green Bay’s Kenny Clark recovered. Once again Aaron Rodgers made Minnesota pay throwing a touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson. It was the second time that Rodgers and Nelson connected for a touchdown today. The two-yard strike put the Packers up 21-6 midway through the 2nd quarter. The Vikings came back with a 71-yard touchdown from Sam Bradford to Adam Thielen to make it 21-13.
In the first quarter Rodgers connected with Jordy Nelson for a 21-yard score. Rodgers also threw a 20-yard touchdown to Davante Adams in the first.
The second touchdown to Nelson gave Rodgers 35 touchdown passes in a season for the 4th time in his career to set a new franchise record. He was tied with Brett Favre.
Rodgers and Jordy Nelson also came into the day tied with Favre and Antonio Freeman with the most touchdowns by a QB-WR duo in Packers history. Rodgers and Nelson now have a new Packers record with 59 touchdowns together.
With the loss the Vikings will be elimiated from the playoffs. The Packers won’t clinch a playoff spot but are in very good shape. Green Bay can win the NFL North division championship with a win at Detroit on January 1st. Green Bay is going for its 5th straight win today. Overall it’s been a beautiful day with temps in the upper 30’s at Lambeau.