At the end of the third quarter we knew this one was over. We just didn't know what the final score would be.
We now have an answer: 24-10.
Joe Webb proved he had no answers to get Minnesota's passing attack going (11 of 30 passing for 180 yards with an interception and a touchdown; rushed for 68 yards on seven attempts).
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers did more than enough to win. The Packer defense faced a miniscule test tonight.
After Third Quarter:
This game has been open for Green Bay to begin preparations for the second round of the postseason.
At 24-3 this game looks over.
Minnesota's offense has been nowhere to be seen while Green Bay's is doing more than enough to win against its anemic counterpart.
At the half:
The Vikings really let the game get away towards the end of the second quarter. They're down 17-3 at the half with Green Bay getting the ball back to start the second half.
The defense hasn't gotten crushed for any big plays, but a couple of above average plays coupled with chunks here and there have hurt the unit.
The offense needs a lot of work. Let's leave it at that.
After First Quarter:
Green Bay is up on Minnesota 7-3.
The Vikings have kept up with the Packers and this should be a good game.
There's plenty of room for improvement for the defense and the offense, but it's early. And the Vikes are only down four.
Round three: FIGHT!
Green Bay is the favorite at home with Charles Woodson and Randall Cobb returning from injury. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has all of his weapons at his disposal and the defense is out to prove it can hold Adrian Peterson under 199 yards rushing.
Minnesota needs its quarterback Christian Ponder to play at a level similar to his Week 17 performance when he led Minnesota to a 37-34 victory. Ponder completed 16 of 28 passes (57.1 percent completed) for 234 yards, three touchdowns (a season-high) and zero interceptions.
The Vikings defense has to get to Rodgers with its front four to create pressure. For my money, that will determine the game (along with Ponder playing turnover-free football).
Green Bay won the Week 13 affair at Lambeau Field 23-14 on the back of two Ponder interceptions.
With the series tied at one, this one will leave no doubt.
Check back here throughout the game for quarter-by-quarter grades and analysis.