June 16, 2024

The Inexperienced Bay Packers proceed to stay within the NFC playoff image, as they took down their NFC North-rival Minnesota Vikings, 33-10, to maneuver to 8-8 on the season. 

The Packers have been the No. 9 seed getting into Sunday evening on the surface trying into the wild card state of affairs with the Detroit Lions already successful the division. With the victory, the Packers stay within the combine, whereas the Vikings, who had the identical document heading into the matchup, are extra on the surface trying in. 

Rookie Jaren Corridor began for the Vikings at quarterback, as head coach Kevin O’Connell went away from Nick Mullens, who began the earlier two video games. But it surely was a transfer that didn’t work out within the Vikings’ favor. 

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Jayden Reed #11 of the Inexperienced Bay Packers celebrates after a landing through the second quarter in opposition to the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Financial institution Stadium on December 31, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (David Berding/Getty Pictures)

Corridor struggled going 5-of-10 via the air for simply 67 yards with one interception and a fumble misplaced. That led to Mullens beginning the second half for Minnesota, however at that time, it was a big deficit to get well from, as Jordan Love and the Packers set to work shortly within the first half. 

With a 3-0 lead, the Packers made the very best of the interception from Corridor with their first landing drive. It was simply two performs, as Love had nice discipline place and delivered a strike to his rookie receiver, Jayden Reed, for a 33-yard landing. 

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And Reed wasn’t carried out discovering the tip zone on this one. After Love discovered the tip zone himself on a two-yard rush earlier within the half, Reed used his blazing pace to go one other 25 yards to bust into the tip zone, preventing off tacklers within the course of. 

He would go away the sport early with a chest damage, however Reed led the Packers with 89 yards on six catches. 

The Packers additionally noticed a rating from Bo Melton on a powerful 91-yard drive within the third quarter, which Love orchestrated to perfection. Melton was broad open within the again proper of the tip zone for a nine-yard rating on third-and-1 from Minnesota’s nine-yard line. 

Jaren Hall scrambles

Jaren Corridor #16 of the Minnesota Vikings is pressured by Kenny Clark #97 of the Inexperienced Bay Packers through the second quarter at U.S. Financial institution Stadium on December 31, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Pictures)

Love would end the sport 24-of-33 for 256 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions – the precise efficiency head coach Matt LaFleur needed to see from his new franchise quarterback. 

It additionally helped that veteran working again Aaron Jones was setting the tone on the bottom for the Packers to open up every little thing else on the offense. Jones had 120 yards on the bottom on 20 carries. 

For the Vikings, Mullen was 13-of-22 for 113 yards with one landing cross to tight finish Johnny Mundt to at the very least get the house group ultimately zone. Justin Jefferson had 5 catches for 59 yards (10 targets), although it was laborious for Minnesota to get its offense going all recreation lengthy. 

Jordan Love throws ball

Jordan Love #10 of the Inexperienced Bay Packers warms up previous to a recreation in opposition to the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Financial institution Stadium on December 31, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (David Berding/Getty Pictures)

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The Packers barely maintain their very own destiny subsequent week, as they’ll have to beat the Chicago Bears to provide themselves an opportunity at a playoff spot. In the meantime, the Vikings will want rather a lot to occur as they put together to face the Lions for the ultimate time of the yr.