The Green Bay Packers are moving on in the NFC Playoffs after handling the Minnesota Vikings 24-10 Saturday night at Lambeau Field. Hosting a Wild Card matchup against the division rival marked just the second ever playoff meeting between the two franchises.
At the close the opening quarter, Green Bay capped an 11 play 82 yard drive with a nine yard touchdown run by DuJuan Harris. Leading 7-3 with 28 seconds left in the first quarter Lambeau Field was rocking early.
The Pack added three points with 3:25 left in the second quarter after taking another five minutes off the game clock in the second quarter. Coach McCarthy realized the best way to shut Adrian Peterson down was to keep him off the field.
Green Bay added to their 10-3 second quarter lead with a lightning fast five play, 62 yard drive that took just seventy seconds and was capped by a John Kuhn three yard touchdown rush. Kuhn became the only NFL player to score a touchdown in each of the last four post seasons. The Packers took a 17-3 lead into the locker-room at the half.
The opening drive of the second half added to Green Bay's lead. Aaron Rodgers conducted a masterful drive that spanned 80 yards, 12 plays and took another 5:35 off the game clock. Kuhn scored his second touchdown of the game. It was a nine yard reception to push the Packers lead to 24-3. Along the way, Aaron Rodgers became the second Packers quarterback to eclipse 2,000 yards passing in the postseason. Kuhn also became the only Green Bay player ever to have both a rushing and a receiving TD in two different post season games.
On the ensuing possession, Clay Matthews logged his second sack plus forced a fumble and recovered a fumble on a fourth down from the Green Bay 43 yard line. On the play, Matthews joined Reggie White as the only Packers players that record two, two-sack playoff games.
Sam Shields intercepted Joe Webb to end the third quarter. It helped bring up one of the more amusing game stats. Minnesota compiled a grand total of 38 yards passing through three quarters.
Dezman Moses came up with the special teams play of the game to start the fourth quarter. He recovered a muffed Marcus Sherels punt return.
The win pushes the Packers to (5-1) in games against divisional rivals in the post season. The (.833) winning percentage is tied for the No. 2 winning percentage in the NFL among teams with three or more playoff games against divisional opponents behind only Pittsburgh (9-0).