The Green Bay Packers finished 2023 the same way they started it: Destroying the Minnesota Vikings. Green Bay played Minnesota on New Year's Day and New Year's Eve, winning by a combined score of 74-27.
Like last year, this victory sets the Packers up with a win-and-in game against an NFC North opponent in Week 18. Green Bay missed an opportunity with a loss to the Detroit Lions last season but gets another chance with a home game against the Chicago Bears next week. Win, and the Packers will clinch a wild-card berth.
But before then, we focus on Green Bay's dominant victory at U.S. Bank Stadium. Winning in Minnesota hasn't been easy for the Packers in recent years; this was only their third victory in eight attempts in the Vikings' new home.
This one means a lot, and it keeps the Packers' season alive. Who were the biggest winners and losers in Week 17?
Winner: Jordan Love
"The sky's the limit," head coach Matt LaFleur said about Jordan Love after Sunday's win.
And he's right. Love put in another outstanding performance against the Vikings, throwing for 256 yards and three touchdowns. He didn't miss a beat, even without Christian Watson, Dontayvion Wicks, Luke Musgrave, and then losing Jayden Reed midway through the game.
His first touchdown pass to Reed was a thing of beauty. Love looked comfortable throughout the game, making smart decisions. It's nothing new for anyone who has watched Love in the second half of the season.
In his past nine games, Love has completed 67.1 percent of his passes for 2,351 yards, 19 touchdowns, and three interceptions, for a passer rating of 105.5.