Last Week’s winner: Aaron Rodgers wins by a 12:1 margin as the Packers scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter against the Steelers. The Vikings were thumped by the Panthers. Favre still leads the series 9-6 as the Vikings are sliding in the playoff position.
Aaron Rodgers 12/23 for 237 yards 1 TD 0 INT
Rodgers numbers are deceiving as he hit long passes to get the Packers into scoring position. Greg Jennings had catches of 40, 24, 38, and 9 yards. Finley caught 28 and 38 yard passes on 3rd downs. Brandon Jackson caught the only touchdown pass from Rodgers. The Packers running game was on track rushing for 5 touchdowns and gaining 153 yards.
The Packers defense gave the Packers great field position with 4 interceptions of Matt Hasselbeck. The Packers led at halftime 24-3 and added 14 more in the third quarter. Aaron Rodgers got to sit out the entire fourth quarter due to the spanking the Packers put on the Seahawks. The final score was 48-10 as the Packers clinched a wild card playoff spot.
Brett Favre 26 of 40 for 321 yards 2 TDs 0 INT
Entering the game, Favre had more interceptions than touchdowns in December. The first half, the Vikings couldn’t run the ball and only passed for 36 yards. The Bears were ahead 16-0 at halftime. I was thinking this was another December meltdown for Brett. Brett took another beating as the Bears suddenly found a pass rush.
The third quarter started out ugly too, as Peterson and Berrian dropped passes forcing the Vikings to punt. With their second possession of the second half, the Vikings started to open up the deep ball. Favre hit Berrian for a 38 pass between the cornerback and the safety. The Vikings scored on a Peterson 1 yard run, however the extra point was blocked, making it 16-6.
The Bears answered right back with a touchdown making it 23-6. The Vikings countered with a 10 play drive of short passes and running to score another touchdown then intercepted Chicago’s Jay Cutler to get add a field goal at the beginning of the 4th quarter. Chicago led 23-16. The Vikings added another touchdown to tie the score with 6 minutes left. However the Bears took the lead back a minute later to go up 30-23.
Minnesota got the ball back with 4:55 left. They methodically drove down the field however stalled at the 6 yard line. It was fourth and goal from the 6 yard line with 22 seconds left. Favre put the perfect pass to the side of the end zone over a defender. Sydney Rice made an awesome leaping catch to bring it in for the touchdown. The Vikings had come back to tie the game 30-30. But in overtime, the Bears hit a long pass to win it 36-30.
The readers get to vote for who played better – Favre or Rodgers.
Rodgers’ Packers played so well, he got to take the fourth quarter off. Favre pulled the Vikings from a 17 points down in the 2nd half to tie it 30-30 and force overtime. Favre’s quarterback rating was 106.4 while Rodgers’ was 103.0. The Packers won in a route at home, while the Vikings lost in overtime to the Bears.
Both the Vikings and the Packers are in the playoffs. The Vikings won the NFC North, but might have wasted away their first round bye by losing 3 of the last four games. The Vikings loss sealed the Saints home field throughout the playoffs, and now, the Eagles can win and get the first round bye.
Next week the Packers travel to the Arizona Cardinals while the Vikings host the NY Giants. There are scenarios in the final week of the regular season that could land the Packers in Minneapolis in two weeks for a playoff game. There are also scenarios where the Packers could play the Cardinals in back to back weeks.
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