This time it wasn’t even close.
As Press-Gazette reporter Pete Dougherty writes, the Green Bay Packers tamed Adrian Peterson and hammered the Minnesota Vikings, 24-10, in their NFC wild-card matchup Saturday night that featured Joe Webb serving as the last-minute replacement for an injured Christian Ponder.
Six days after Peterson had steamrolled the Packers for 199 yards in the Vikings’ three-point win in Minneapolis, the Packers advance to the divisional round of the playoffs at the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday.
“It definitely starts and ends with our defense,” coach Mike McCarthy said after the game. “I think they were outstanding for four quarters, set the tempo, kept Minnesota out of the end zone. Obviously adjusting to the quarterback change. The communication and effort of our run defense all stood out.”
You can read the rest of Dougherty’s story here: http://tinyurl.com/ahzg4wz.
*The Packers’ defense was adapt about not allowing Peterson and the rest of the Vikings’ offense repeat last week’s letdown in Minneapolis, writes Press-Gazette sports editor Mike Vandermause (http://tinyurl.com/9wjhhps).
*Considering the issues the Packers had in stopping Peterson in their last two meetings, Peterson’s 99-yard rushing performance was a moral victory for the defense, writes Press-Gazette reporter Rob Demovsky (http://tinyurl.com/a4yhdhl).
*Our Packers’ notebook leads with DuJuan Harris’ performance after being called upon to start, Charles Woodson’s return, Jerel Worthy’s knee and other topics (http://tinyurl.com/bfu8o4n).
*Demovsky gives a thumps up to the play of Aaron Rodgers in our Packers’ Insiders (http://tinyurl.com/atksofl).
*Vandermause gives you his rants and raves from Satuday’s game (http://www.packersnews.com/article/20130105/PKR01/130105027/Rants-raves-Matthews-ices-sack-fumble-recovery).