Packers Move On In NFC Playoffs

The Green Bay Packers snapped a two game postseason losing streak at Lambeau Field and avenged their loss in the regular season finale as they beat the Minnesota Vikings Saturday night in an NFC Wild Card Playoff, 24-10.  The Vikings found themselves without starting quarterback Christian Ponder, as he was inactive with an injury to his right elbow.  Backup Joe Webb, who hadn’t attempted a pass all season, was thrust into the starting lineup.  Packers head coach Mike McCarthy admitted that he was surprised that Ponder wasn’t able to play…

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Webb struggled Saturday night, completing 11 of 30 passes for 180 yards, one touchdown and was intercepted by corner Sam Shields.  Safety Charles Woodson, playing in his first game since week seven, said that the Vikings late quarterback change did not have an effect on the Packers defense…

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After gaining 409 yards in the two regular seasons games against the Packers, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was held to 99 yards on 22 carries Saturday night.  He gained just 66 yards following Minnesota’s first possession.  Defensive tackle B.J. Raji on how the Packers were finally able to keep Peterson in check…

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After falling behind 3-0 early, the Packers scored 24 straight points.  Running back DuJuan Harris scored on a 9-yard run at the end of the first quarter to put Green Bay on top 7-3.  Mason Crosby would add a field goal and then fullback John Kuhn scored on a 3-yard run and a 9-yard pass to close the scoring for the Packers.  Kuhn talked about his two touchdown night…

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The Packers had won just two of their last six playoff games at home.  Left guard T.J. Lang was happy to be able to send the Packers fans home happy…

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The Packers advance to the divisional round of the NFC Playoffs, where they will take on the 49ers.  San Francisco won at Green Bay in week one of the regular season, 30-22.  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who completed 23 of 33 passes for 274 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings, thinks that the Packers and 49ers are different teams now…

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Kickoff of Saturday’s NFC Divisional Playoff between the Packers and 49ers at Candlestick Park will begin at 7 PM.

Notes:
The Packers are now 55-49-1 all-time against the Vikings.

The Packers evened their playoff record against the Vikings at 1-1.

Fullback John Kuhn becomes the first player in Packers history two score both a rushing and receiving touchdown in two different playoff games.  The first time he accomplished that was against the Falcons in the 2010 postseason.

Linebacker Clay Matthews recorded a pair of sacks and joins defensive end Reggie White as the only players in Packers history with multiple sacks in two different playoff games.

BOX SCORE

NFL Wild Card Weekend:
AFC – Houston beat Cincinnati, 19-13
AFC – Baltimore beat Indianapolis, 24-9
NFC – Seattle beat Washington, 24-14

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