Packers Clinch #1 Seed With 37-10 Win Over Minnesota

Aaron Rodgers throws for 288 Yds and two scores
© Dan Powers/USA TODAY | 2022 Jan 3
Photo credit © Dan Powers/USA TODAY | 2022 Jan 3

We haven't seen a truly dominant performance by the Green Bay Packers for a few weeks, perhaps since the Bears game who's final score made the game seem closer than it really was.

But with Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins sidelined on the COVID-19/reserve list, and the number one seed in their sights following the Dallas loss to Arizona, Aaron Rodgers and Co. finally stepped on the gas and never let go.

The MVP frontrunner went 29-38 for 288 yards and two aerial scores, connecting with his favorite target Davante Adams 11 times for 136 yards and a touchdown, as the Packers took care of business 37-10 and officially locked up the NFC's top spot with one week to go in the regular season.

Across the board, Green Bay was the much better team. Offensively, they scored on seven of ten possessions not including the final one-play kneel down at the end. Defensively, they harassed backup Sean Mannion all night and sacked him twice, held running back Dalvin Cook to just 13 yards on 9 carries (Mannion outgained him by a yard), and were quick on the tackle for most of Mannion's 26 completions. On special teams, nothing notably bad took place, though punter Corey Bojorquez seemed a bit off with his longest punt of the night just 39 yards.

Looking ahead to next week, the question now becomes how many Packer starters will play against the Detroit Lions with the bye locked up.

"I don't think I need to play" Rodgers said after the win. However, he acknowledged that he and Davante are likely to at least see limited action. That was echoed by head coach Matt LaFleur. "That does seem for me right now speaking like a long time off" the 39-9 LaFleur said in regards to starters missing next week and the bye week as well.

Listen to Dan Plocher and Gary Ellerson's thoughts on the win below on The Green & Gold Postgame Show.

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