Sunday Night Football: Packers win NFC’s No. 1 seed with a 37-10 victory over the Vikings

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The road from the NFC to Super Bowl LVI will go through Lambeau Field.

The Packers secured the top seed of the conference – including home field advantage and the only bee in the first round of the NFC – with their 37-10 victory over the Vikings at Sunday Night Football.

Although the Packers got off to a slow start, they had clear control over the game throughout the game. Green Bay started the game 0-of-3 in the red zone, but still had a 6-0 lead from a couple of Mason Crosby field goals. Then receiver Allen Lazard caught a 20-yard touchdown from Aaron Rodgers with 4:11 left in the second quarter. And receiver Davante Adams caught an 11-yard touchdown with 1:05 in the half to put Green Bay at 20-0.

With quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​starting after testing positive for COVID-19 later this week, the Vikings had almost nothing in the offense for much of the game. Backup Sean Mannion got the start and Minnesota had only one first down for a two-minute drive into the second quarter. The club finished with a total of four first downs in the first 30 minutes and had just 70 total yards.

Kicker Greg Joseph hit a 51-yard field goal to put the Vikings on the board as time ran out in the first half, but Minnesota went three-and-out to start the third quarter.

AJ Dillon hit a 4-yard touchdown on the next drive. And Crosby’s 37-yard field goal made it 30-3.

While Mannion threw his first career touchdown to KJ Osborn late in the third quarter, Green Bay’s lead was unbeatable. Dillon hit the score with a 7-yard touchdown with 8:41 left in the fourth quarter.

Jordan Love ended the game at QB for the Packers. Vikings third-round pick Kellen Mond saw some action while Mannion’s hand was examined on the sideline in the fourth quarter. But Mannion came back to end the match.

The Vikings had no run game to speak of, as Dalvin Cook finished with 13 yards on nine carries. Mannion actually led the team with 14 yards on the ground.

By taking the No. 1 seed, the Packers no longer have anything to play for next week against the Lions – meaning it could be the last time Rodgers takes a snap in a game until January 22 or 23. Rodgers finished the game 29-of-38 for 288 yards with two touchdowns.

Adams caught 11 passes for 136 yards and Lazard caught all six of his goals for 72 yards.

Through ESPN’s Doug Clawson, in the last two seasons, Rodgers has struck for 36 touchdowns and no interceptions against NFC North opponents. And the Packers became the only team in NFL history to win at least 13 games in three consecutive seasons.

The Vikings have been eliminated from playoff conflict with the loss, and can now make a coaching change. They will host the Bears to end the 2021 season new week.

Green Bay will travel to Detroit for their season finale, which Love can begin.

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