The Vikings had to do without their usual starting quarterback in this rematch with Christian Ponder on the sidelines and dealing with an elbow injury. Stand-in Joe Webb (11-30, 180 yards, TD, INT, 7 carries, 68 yards) had a strong start in the game but fell flat as the game went on. The Packers also figured out how to shut down Adrian Peterson (22 carries, 99 yards), who failed to score and didn't live up to the hype he generated last week in nearly breaking the single season rushing yardage record set by Eric Dickerson in 1984.
Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers (23-33, 274 yards, TD) looked picture perfect with all his usual receivers back in the mix. Running Back DuJuan Harris put up just 47 yards on 17 carries, but the highlight of his night was a 9 yard touchdown run. He was also the team's second leading receiver with 53 yards on 5 catches. Fullback John Kuhn handled the ball just 5 times Saturday, but two of his touches resulted in scores. He pinballed off two Vikings defenders on a nine yard pass completion for a touchdown and had a three-yard scoring run earlier in the game. Not bad for a player who only had one touchdown to show for the whole regular season.
The Packers will face a daunting battle next week against the San Francisco 49ers, who lost just four games this season. Of all the teams moving on after week one of the playoffs, though, Green Bay might be the only one with a real chance to notch two wins in a row. if Rodgers can continue to put up great yardage through the air and the defense can shut down San Francisco's run game, the Packers could be headed for the conference championship game.
The Seahawks and Packers head into next week's games as underdogs, but both are capable of pulling off huge upsets if they play perfect games. Will their momentum carry over, or will it be one and done for both squads? Only time will tell.