The Green Bay Packers traveled to Minnesota today in what is likely the final meeting between the team and former QB Brett Favre. The final game between legend and protege will go down in the history books as a complete laugher. Favre tossed an interception and errant throws while Aaron Rodgers pitched four touchdown passes, three of them to Greg Jennings who exploded with 157 yards on seven catches.
The game looked like it may go down as a tough grinding battle as the Vikings drove the field on their second possession and settled for a field goal when the drive stalled inside the Green Bay 10. The Packers and Vikings spent the entire first quarter and into the 2nd exchanging three and outs and punts until Mason Crosby tied the game up in the second. The Packers would score the first touchdown a series later and lead 17 to 3 at the half. It was over with in the third.
The Packers would explode in the second half and finish the game with 31 points. The Vikings wouldn’t get past three. Green Bay stands atop the NFC North tied in a two team race for the division with Chicago. The Vikings on the other hand are searching for answers to questions that don’t seem to exist. The entire Viking team was in disarray from the start of the game and the Green Bay defense took control early and never let up, putting Favre on his back most of the game.
While Favre was hit quite a bit, only Clay Mathews managed to corral Favre for a sack. Mathews is making a serious case for Defensive MVP honors at the end of the year. His relentless upfield push to get Favre kept the aged QB completely out of sync the entire game.
While the defense was nothing short of spectacular in the victory, their thunder was most assuredly stolen by the reemergence of one Greg Jennings. Jennings performance ranks as one of his career best games. The Vikings secondary didn’t seem to have an answer to stopping him and if it wasn’t for the large lead, he could have had a bigger day.
The Packers will face a tough conference opponent next week when the travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons.