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Aaron Rodgers Explains Why It Felt Great Winning NFC North at Vikings Stadium

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 24, 2019

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers runs off the field after the team's NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, in Minneapolis. The Packers won 23-10. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took extra pleasure in his team winning the NFC North by beating the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night.  

Rodgers told reporters after the Packers' 23-10 win it was "great to win" the division at U.S. Bank Stadium because he remembered fans in that stadium jeering him in 2017 when he broke his collarbone. 

In Week 6 of the 2017 season, Rodgers fractured his right collarbone when he took a hit from Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr. 

There was an initial cheer from Vikings fans for the result of the play, which was an incomplete pass that brought up a 4th-and-9 for the Packers. The response seemed to continue for an extended period of time when Rodgers remained on the ground. 

Green Bay went 3-4 in the seven games Rodgers missed due to the injury. He did return in Week 15 with the Packers fighting for a playoff spot, but their 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers eliminated them from postseason contention, and he was placed on injured reserve two days later.

Rodgers and Green Bay won the NFC North for the first time since 2016. The team's 12-3 record is tied with the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints for best in the conference heading into Week 17. 

The Packers will clinch a first-round bye with a win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. They can become the No. 1 seed in the NFC with a victory and a loss by the San Francisco 49ers to the Seattle Seahawks.