Sunday, November 21, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Packers 31, Vikings 3
By Kevin Seifert
MINNEAPOLIS -- Let's catch up on a few highlights after the Green Bay Packers scored 31 consecutive points in completing a 2010 sweep of the Minnesota Vikings:
What it means: The Packers improved to 7-3 to keep pace with the Chicago Bears in the NFC North. Just as important for the Packers, and certainly their fans, was vanquishing the two-time division champions. The Packers still have their hands full with the Bears, but they know the Vikings won't be a factor the rest of the way.
Rubbing it in? The Packers were in their clock-eating offense for most of the second half before quarterback Aaron Rodgers hit receiver Greg Jennings for a 22-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. After all of the back-and-forth between these organizations the past two years, you have to think that one felt pretty, pretty, pretty good for the Packers.
Rodgers-Jennings connection: That touchdown lifted both Rodgers and Jennings to new levels in the record books. Sunday was the first four-touchdown game in the regular season of Rodgers' career, and it was the first three-touchdown game for Jennings. After completing only three of his first nine passes, Rodgers completed 19 of his final 22 and finished with a total of 301 yards. Jennings, meanwhile, caught seven passes for 152 yards.
Fire Childress? So went the chant of the crowd that stuck around in the second half. Owner Zygi Wilf hasn't appeared eager to fire coach Brad Childress up to this point. Now Wilf has a team that absorbed an embarrassing home loss to its top rival. Fans cheered the two-minute warning because the misery was nearing an end. Players and coaches bickered on the sideline throughout. Is Wilf willing to take six more games of this?
Magic moment: Here's all you need to know about how this game went. Down 24-3 in the third quarter, the Vikings faced 4th-and-11 at the Packers' 33-yard line. There really was no good choice here, but Childress chose a 51-yard field goal attempt. Ryan Longwell's kick was good, but it was wiped off the board because Vikings tight end Jermichael Finley clothes-lined the Packers' Jarrett Bush to prevent him from blocking it. The 10-yard pushback forced the Vikings to punt.
What's next: The Packers will play at the Atlanta Falcons in a key NFC matchup. The Vikings will host the Buffalo Bills.