Packers neutralize Peterson, beat Ponder-less Vikings

Updated: January 5, 2013

Aaron Rodgers threw for a touchdown and the Green Bay Packers took advantage of a short-handed Vikings team to oust Minnesota from the playoffs, 24-10, in an NFC Wild Card game at Lambeau Field.

John Kuhn had a rushing and receiving score for the Packers, who will play at
San Francisco next Saturday at 8 p.m. ET in the divisional round.

Rodgers completed 23-of-33 passes for 274 yards and the Packers tied a
postseason NFL record by having 10 players make a reception.

The Vikings played without starting quarterback Christian Ponder, who was
inactive due to a right elbow injury. Ponder was hurt last Sunday in a regular
season-ending 37-34 win over the Packers when he was hit by safety Morgan
Burnett on a blitz.

Joe Webb, who had taken just three snaps all season, started in Ponder’s place
and was erratic through the air. A sixth-round draft pick in 2010, Webb
completed 11-of-30 passes for 180 yards with a TD and an interception. Adrian
Peterson, who rushed this season for 2,097 yards, the second-most in a season
in NFL history, had 99 yards on 22 carries. Peterson ran for 199 yards and a
TD in the regular season finale.

Prior to Saturday, Webb’s other three snaps came at the end of a blowout win
over Tennessee in Week 5. Webb rushed twice for a total of 22 yards during the
game-opening drive. Peterson carried the ball six times and Blair Walsh kicked
a 33-yard field goal.

But it was all Packers after that until Minnesota scored a late TD in the
final quarter.

The Vikings didn’t record a passing first down until the third quarter and had
just six net yards through the air in the first half. By that time, the
NFC North champions had a 17-3 lead.

Minnesota’s offense didn’t cross the Green Bay 35 in the second half until
Webb’s 50-yard TD strike to Michael Jenkins with 3:39 remaining.