The Vikings rode Adrian Peterson to 10 wins this season, but Saturday night with a QB who hadn’t thrown a pass all season under center, their ride into the playoffs ended.
Joe Webb, who had only watched from the sidelines himself this year, was awful as the Packers move on to round two with a 24-10 win over AP and the Vikings.
Webb played due to a right elbow injury for Christian Ponder, the Vikings QB who simply couldn’t go after getting hurt in the regular season finale vs the Packers at home last week.
Ponder sat and watched as Webb was about as bad as he could be, throwing for only seven of his first 20 attempts for a measly 61 yards. Peterson, who gashed Green Bay both times in the first two meetings for 199 and then over 210 yards, was held to 99 yards.
As for the Vikings D, they didn’t do enough against Aaron Rodgers to make up for the lack of a passing game. Rodgers went 19 for 26 for 260 yards and no turnovers, leading touchdown drives of 82, 62 and 80 yards.
John Kuhn scored two touchdowns, DuJuan Harris added another and Rodgers connected with an NFL playoff-record 10 receivers as he threw for 274 yards in his first playoff victory at home.
Defensively, the Packers managed to put the clamps on AP, and were all over Webb, pressed into service because of Ponder’s elbow injury.
The Packers had a plan as they were able to make sure Peterson didn’t beat them, and with Ponder on the sidelines watching, it was a no-brainer by the half they were heading to San Fran for round two next Saturday night.