The Packers rally against the Vikings to win NFC North title. For the first time in three years, the Green Bay Packers have claimed the NFC North title. The Pack also handed Minnesota their first loss at home this season.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers took a step back this game, allowing the ground game and pass rush to take the helm. Aaron Jones rushed for 154 yards and two second-half touchdowns and Za’Darius Smith had five tackles, taking charge for Green Bay’s defense. The Packers beat the Vikings, 23-10, on Monday night.
The Packers were able to come back from three turnovers in the first half, including an interception by Rodgers. The Pack’s fans in attendance chanted “Go, Pack, Go!’’ during the second half, once Green Bay had seized control. This victory for the Packers pushes the Vikings into the sixth seed of the playoffs.
Kirk Cousins was sacked five times, a few at the hands of Smith, The Vikings quarterback threw an interception in the third quarter that set up the first score by Jones, who leads the NFL with 16 rushing touchdowns. Minnesota only claimed seven first downs and never had a drive longer than 31 yards. The Vikings ended the night with a total of 132 yards.
The Vikings’ frustration with their offense only mounted after Cousins was intercepted by Kevin King in the third quarter. The interception came just after a 28-yard pass to Stefan Diggs on third and 18. Cousins attempted to pass to Diggs once more, however Jaire Alexander had him covered and King intercepted. King completed a 39-yard return after intercepting the pass. Despite the loss, Minnesota still has a spot in the playoffs following the Los Angeles Rams defeat on Saturday.
The Packers improved to 12-3 and can get a first-round bye in the playoffs with a win at Detroit next week. Green Bay could also get the NFC’s number one seed with a win and a loss by San Francisco at Seattle. The Pack has their sights set on the Super Bowl this year for sure. Winning the NFC North title had the team in the locker room sporting champion shirts the said “The North is not Enough.” Fans of the Packers should keep an eye on their team over the playoffs because they may just make it there this year.