How the ‘packing’ happened:
Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Minnesota’s Sam Bradford together accounted for 729 passing yards. Furthermore, they zapped the opposing defenses for seven touchdowns. Rodgers added a rushing score, giving him five total on the day. Green Bay won its fifth game in a row since the quarterback announced his team could “run the table” and win its final six games.
If the offense was on your wish list, you were in luck.
Minnesota’s Adam Thielen drove all receivers with 12 catches for 202 yards and two scores. Correspondingly, a 71-yard, second quarter, catch-and-run touchdown when he moved ahead Packers cornerback Quinten Rollins on the right sideline. Moreover, that was the only touchdown the Vikings could get through more than three-and-a-half quarters, as they drop backed 38-13.
Green Bay’s defense may have given up 446 yards, but it kept Minnesota out of the end zone when it mattered and benefited from two turnovers.
The Packers took charge right on time, with Rodgers — who was 28-for 38 for 347 yards and four passing touchdowns. Moreover, Rodgers searched favorite target Jordy Nelson for two scores by the 8:19 mark of the second quarter, pulling off a 20-yard touchdown catch by teammate Davante Adams for a 21-6 lead. Those were Nelson’s NFL-leading 13th and 14th touchdowns on the season, as he completed with a team-leading 154 yards on nine catches. He had seven for 145 in the first half against the league’s fourth-ranked passing defense.
What’s more, on a day when Green Bay place itself in the position to play for the NFC North Division title and a playoff spot in Week 17, Rodgers and Nelson provided a masterful game for the 77,856 fans in attendance.