These teams split their regular season meetings, with Minnesota winning just last weekend by a score of 37-34 to sneak into the postseason.
The intrigue of this game was heightened by the fact that Minnesota starting QB Christian Ponder was sidelined with an elbow injury. Joe Webb took the snaps in his place and had a large effect on the game's outcome.
Hint: the results were not good.
However, we start with a look at Lambeau Field before kickoff.
As game time drew closer, all the talk surrounded Webb and Ponder. Pro Football Talk was quick to stir up a potential controversy.
This could be Joe Webb's chance to steal job from Ponder.If Webb wins at Lambeau, how can Vikings bench him next week?— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 5, 2013
CBSSports.com insider Mike Freeman quickly pointed out Webb's struggles once the game began.
Joe Webb makes Christian Ponder look like John Unitas.— mike freeman (@realfreemancbs) January 6, 2013
One fan pointed out the thoughts of more than a few Bears fans after Ponder was seen in street clothes.
So if Jay Cutler got chastised for not playing with a torn MCL, shouldn't Christian Ponder get chastised for sitting out with a BRUISE?— Christopher Novak (@novakmchris) January 6, 2013
Webb went 3-of-12 for 22 yards passing in the first half and parody account Peyton's Head was ready to scrutinize him as the teams headed to the break.
Joe Webb's getting better. That time he got sacked without throwing it straight up in the air. #MINvsGB— Peyton's Head (@PeytonsHead) January 6, 2013
His Hail Mary attempt to end the first half did not help matters:
Bill Simmons took the opposite position of most of Twitter as he scrutinized Packers head coach Mike McCarthy on his decision making near the end of the second quarter.
I can't believe how badly McCarthy screwed that up. Even if you don't get the TD on 4th and goal, you're putting Joe Webb on his own 1.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) January 6, 2013
The Packers Twitter account highlighted an interesting achievement of Aaron Rodgers during the third quarter.
This fan somehow made an Angels in the Outfield movie reference actually relevant as the Packers took a 24-3 third quarter lead.
For Joe Webb's sake, I hope this is happening on the Vikings' sideline: twitter.com/RickyMast/stat…— Ricky Mast (@RickyMast) January 6, 2013
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com pointed out that Minnesota still needed to lean on Adrian Peterson even as the game became a blowout.
You still can't abandon the run if you're the #Vikings. You have to keep doing it because it's your best (maybe only) hope for a big play.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 6, 2013
While this Ex-Replacement Ref parody account threw yet another jab at Joe Webb with a Brett Favre reference.
Vikings back-up QB warming up now twitter.com/ObliviousNFLRe…
— Ex Replacement Ref (@ObliviousNFLRef) January 6, 2013
CNN analyst Roland Martin shared the feelings of most viewers as the fourth quarter got underway.
I feel bad for Vikings fans. This is really, really bad.— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) January 6, 2013
A fake Tim Tebow account tried to lift the Vikings fans' spirits in its own twisted way.
Look on the bright side, Vikings fans. At least you don't like the Jets.— Tim Tebow (@Faux_TimTebow) January 6, 2013
Rich Eisen took a moment to reflect on what could have been just a week ago.
I imagine Lovie Smith is sitting somewhere, shaking his head, wondering why the Packers couldn't do this last week.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) January 6, 2013
Towards the end of the night, Bleacher Report discovered that internet users were having some fun at the expense of Joe Webb's Wikipedia page.
ESPN Stats and Info summed up everything quite nicely with this fact about Webb's performance near the end of the fourth quarter.
Joe Webb has failed to complete any of his 8 passes thrown at least 15 yards downfield, with 7 off-target incompletions.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 6, 2013
Until the Packers forgot to play defense, that is. Webb successfully connected on a touchdown pass with Michael Jenkins, as pointed out by Tom Pelissero.
Um ... and there's a 50-yard touchdown pass from Joe Webb to Michael Jenkins. Blown coverage. #Vikings pull within 24-10.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 6, 2013
And then, finally, the game ended. Green Bay won by a score of 24-10. The joy will be short-lived, however, as the Packers must now prepare for a meeting with the 49ers next weekend.