The Green Bay Packers did what most thought they would do Saturday night – they held Adrian Peterson under 100 yards, throttled the Minnesota Vikings‘ passing game and scored enough points to give them the first round of the NFC Playoffs.
Though they were far from blowing the barn doors off, the Packers did enough to score 24 points and coast through the second half, thanks to the really bad play of Joe Webb, the substitute quarterback who stepped in for starter Christian Ponder who couldn’t take the stage because of a bum elbow.
Nobody’s really sure if the Vikings would have been as pathetic with Ponder in charge, but everyone knew that the Packers would do enough to earn a second round trip to San Francisco. With the help of an invigorated Charles Woodson, the Packers defense contained Peterson and forced Webb into some really bad decisions. Though the Packers gave up a garbage touchdown at the end of the game because of broken coverage, it didn’t matter in the end.
Now it’s on to San Francisco, where the Packers hope to take the next step – another trip to the NFC Championship Game.
Like Aaron Rodgers said after the Vikings game: They need to clean up some things on the offensive side of the ball, but if they do that, this is a team that could roll into SF and come away with a convincing win. We’ll know more next Saturday night.
Let the fun begin.