Packers neutralize Peterson, beat Ponder-less Vikings
Green Bay, WI (Sports Network) - 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.
01/05 23:22:08 ET