After Minnesota took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, the Packers ripped off 24 straight points to put the game away. DuJaun Harris and John Kuhn delivered rushing touchdowns in the first half, and Kuhn scored again off a nine-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers in the third quarter.
Rodgers was excellent as usual, completing 23-of-33 passes for 274 yards and a touchdown. He hit 10 different receivers on the night, picking apart the Vikings secondary with ease.
He also got plenty of help from his defense, who suffocated the Vikings offense all night long. They held Adrian Peterson to "only" 99 yards on 22 carries, and they terrorized young quarterback Joe Webb throughout the game.
Webb, who was starting in place of the injured Christian Ponder, hadn't thrown a single pass in the regular season.
His inexperience showed, as he completed just 11-of-30 passes for 180 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was also sacked several times and he lost a fumble, which was recovered by Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews.
With the win, Green Bay advances to face the San Francisco 49ers next week.
After the game, Adrian Peterson reacted like the competitor he is, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Adrian Peterson: "Records are nice but if you’re going home it’s all for nothing. Yeah, the year was good but we’re out of it now."— Pioneer Press (@VikingsNow) January 6, 2013
More Peterson: It’s been an emotional roller coaster all year long. I will ease the pain and just continue to get better."— Pioneer Press (@VikingsNow) January 6, 2013
Joe Webb had a rough game, as evidenced by this tweet from ESPN Stats & Info early in 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
Of course, he was put in a very tough position, as Seth Davis of CBS Sports pointed out.
With that INT you can go Sharpie on the Packers. Feel bad for this Webb kid. Put in a tough spot tonight.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) January 6, 2013
As much as Webb struggled, Ryan Phillips of Rumors and Rants made a good point about the Packers defense.
Apparently the #Packers have learned how to tackle since last week.— Ryan Phillips (@RumorsandRants) January 6, 2013
And hey, as Grandland's Mark Titus said in the third quarter, Webb was keeping up with Rodgers in a few statistical categories.
Aaron Rodgers: 0 TD, 0 INT. Joe Webb: 0 TD, 0 INT. Why is everyone crucifying Webb and praising Rodgers?! Obvious Packers bias from NBC.— Mark Titus (@clubtrillion) January 6, 2013
Webb eventually threw a pick, though, and Rodgers added a touchdown pass. That gave him more playoff TDs than the great Bart Starr, according to Jon Zimmer of the NFL's media department.
Aaron Rodgers (16) just surpassed Bart Starr (15) for 2nd most playoff TD passes in @packers history. Trails only Favre— Jon Zimmer (@NFLhistory) January 6, 2013
And finally, we arrive at the Tweet of the Night, which was supplied by Rich Eisen of the NFL Network.
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