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Twitter Reacts to Packers Win over Vikings in Wild-Card Round

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 05:  Strong safety Jamarca Sanford #33 of the Minnesota Vikings reacts in the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Nick KostoraContributor IIIJanuary 6, 2013

The opening night of the 2013 NFL Wildcard round was capped off by a divisional matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings.

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.

 

Lambeau Field before the gates open. #MINvsGB #Packers twitter.com/packers/status…

— Green Bay Packers (@packers) January 5, 2013

 

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.

 

Rodgers becomes second QB in Packers history with over 2,000 yards passing during the postseason. #MINvsGB #Packers

— Green Bay Packers (@packers) January 6, 2013

 

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.

 

The Internet is having fun with Joe Webb's Wikipedia page tonight (h/t @jimmytraina) twitter.com/BleacherReport…

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 6, 2013

 

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.

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