It would be tough to find a more winnable game for the Vikings in Green Bay. Adrian Peterson rushed for 210 yards for the Vikings and of the last 59 NFL games where teams have had backs go over 200 yards, they were 57-2. They're now 57-3.
The Packers put a huge dent in Minnesota's fading playoff chances, moving to 8-4 and putting the Vikings back to .500 at 6-6.
It's not an exaggeration to say that if the two quarterbacks had changed sides, the Vikings would have won this game by three touchdowns.
The Vikings lost this game because as great as Adrian Peterson was, quarterbacks decide NFL games. The difference between Rodgers and Ponder was far greater than Peterson's 210 yards.
There will be a deserved outcry at the pathetic state of the Vikings receiving corps, but they literally didn't need their receivers to win this game. They just needed Christian Ponder not to lose it, and he couldn't do that for them.
The Vikings almost became the first team to not complete a pass to a wide receiver in a decade, but Jerome Simpson caught two balls late in the fourth quarter to avoid that indignity. They'll have to settle for being the third team to lose with a back going over 200 yards.
The wolves will be coming for Ponder over the next week and his blocking will be worse than Aaron Rodgers'.