(Green Bay) Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and the Green Bay Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings 37-10 on Sunday night to confirm their first place in the National Association.
The Packers’ victory; along with the Philadelphia Eagles’ victory the previous Sunday; put an end to the Vikings’ hopes (7-9) of reaching the playoffs. The Vikings had to dispense with the services of starting quarterback Kirk Cousins; who was placed on the COVID-19 protocol list on Friday.
The Packers (13-3) are the only undefeated NFL team at home and have a chance to make it to the Super Bowl without leaving Lambeau Field. Sunday’s win clearly demonstrated how home advantage could be a factor when the temperature was -11 degrees Celsius with a wind factor raising the temperature to -17 just before kick-off.
The Wisconsin team has won 13 straight home games; but fell 31-26 at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the National Association final. The Packers haven’t reached the Super Bowl since 2010 and have lost in the association finals in four of the past seven seasons.
Rodgers completed 29 of his 38 passes for a gain of 288 yards.
The Vikings had won the last two games between the two teams; but were very unlucky without Cousins present. The quarterback had 341 passing yards and completed three touchdown passes in a 34-31 victory on Nov. 21.
The Packers won all five games after the setback.
Sean Mannion replaced Cousins as the starting quarterback and gained 189 passing yards with 22 receptions of 35 attempts. It was the third start of his career and the first since the last game of the regular season in 2019.
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