Packers beat Vikings 41-17 in Green Bay

Published: Jan. 1, 2023 at 4:55 PM CST
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WMTV) - The Green Bay Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings 41-17 at Lambeau Field, keeping their playoffs hopes alive.

The Packers had some good injury news headed into this must win game. Both wide receiver Christian Watson and cornerback Keisean Nixon were active for today’s game. Watson and Nixon were both previously listed as questionable on the injury report earlier in the week.

Nixon has proved to be a big spark for the Packers’ special teams and that was no different on Sunday. Nixon had a 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to give the Packers a 7-3 lead in the first quarter.

While Green Bay’s offense didn’t put up any points in the first quarter, it was the defense that doubled their lead 14-3 courtesy of a Darnell Savage pick-six.

At the start of the second quarter, the Packers had a lengthy 14-play drive capped-off by a Mason Crosby 26-yard field goal to extend Green Bay’s lead 17-3. With that field goal, Crosby became the 12th NFL kicker to surpass 1900 points.

The Packers offense moved down the field with purpose just before the half. Their five-play drive finished with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to a wide open Robert Tonyan to make it 24-3 Packers with less than three minutes to go before the half.

Crosby would narrowly complete a 56-yard field goal off the crossbar to give the Packers a 27-3 edge headed into the half.

At the start of the fourth quarter AJ Dillon scored from two-yards out to blow the game wide open, 34-3 Packers.

The Packers keep pouring it on in the fourth, Aaron Rodgers takes it in himself from the two-yard line to make it 41-3 Packers. Since the Vikings field goal on their opening drive, Green Bay scored 41 unanswered points and dominated Minnesota in every aspect of the game.

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