On Now
Coming Up
  • Sat., Jun. 20, 2015 12:00 PM CDT Kenny Chesney/Jason Aldean concert Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney have announced that their tours, The Burn It Down Tour and The Big Revival Tour presented by Corona Light, will collide for 10 stadium shows next summer, including Lambeau Field on Saturday, June 20, 2015.  More on-sale information and special guests will be revealed over the coming weeks.
  • Mon., Jul. 13, 2015 7:00 AM CDT Packers Hall of Fame Inc. Golf Classic

    The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. Golf Classic is set for Monday, July 13, 2015, at The Bull in Sheboygan Falls, WI. Those interested in participating in the event can contact Holly Borga (920-965-6986; hollyb@packershalloffame.com) for more information.

  • Sat., Jul. 18, 2015 7:00 PM CDT Brett Favre's Packers HOF Induction Banquet

    The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. will induct former Packers quarterback Brett Favre at the 45th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Banquet. The event will also feature the retirement of Favre’s No. 4. This dual recognition is an honor that is unprecedented in Green Bay Packers history. The banquet will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015, in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

News

Print
RSS

Packers tied for NFC North lead following 23-14 win

Posted Dec 2, 2012

Morgan Burnett interception triggers second-half rally to beat the Vikings


GREEN BAY—The December air was choked with drama. As the Packers were putting the finishing touches to a 23-14 win that was much closer than the final score would indicate, the Chicago Bears were in the process of losing to the Seattle Seahawks.

“I can’t say there are many Seahawks fans in our locker room, but we appreciate the help,” Aaron Rodgers said.

Imagine that, cheering for the Seahawks. Is this a crazy season or what?

Thanks to the Seahawks’ overtime win in Chicago, and a couple of interceptions by Packers safety Morgan Burnett, the Green Bay Packers are tied with the Bears for the NFC North lead with four games left in the season.

It’s crunch time in the NFC North and the Packers and Bears are headed for a showdown in Chicago on Dec. 16. At halftime of Sunday’s game against the Vikings, however, the only showdown for which the Packers were headed was another half of trying to stop Adrian Peterson.

The Packers defense never succeeded in stopping Peterson, but Burnett intercepted a Christian Ponder pass in the end zone to kill a Vikings drive that appeared as though it would stretch out the visitors’ lead, and Coach Mike McCarthy said that play was a game-changer.

The Packers trailed, 14-10, when Burnett intercepted a Ponder pass that followed a 48-yard run by Peterson on the first play of the second half. The Vikings were threatening to increase their lead to 11 points against a Packers team that was coming off a “flat” halftime and struggling to find rhythm on offense.

“I thought our whole sideline changed after that,” McCarthy said. “Halftime was not the best halftime. Kind of flat.”

It was a time out by the Vikings and a change of heart that produced the next dramatic swing in the game. On fourth-and-seven from the Vikings 29, McCarthy changed his mind and marched slump-ridden Mason Crosby out for a 47-yard field goal attempt. Crosby had already missed from 53 and had bounced a 30-yard try off an upright and over the crossbar.

“I was in a four-down territory mindset. We went with a tempo play. When they called time out, I decided to go with the field goal,” McCarthy said.

Maybe that kick will be the turning point in Crosby’s game that the Packers desperately need as they head down the stretch.

“I like the way he responded. Why do you go for 55-yard field goals? Because we need Mason Crosby,” McCarthy said.

Sunday’s win marked the return of Crosby, Greg Jennings and the Packers running game, the emergence of rookie offensive tackle Don Barclay and the arrival of the final month of the season. This is it. This is crunch time.

“Don Barclay stepped in, got his opportunity and made the most of it,” Rodgers said of the rookie from West Virginia, who was forced into his pro debut when T.J. Lang was lost to an ankle injury. The highlight of Barclay’s day was a game-winning, 22-yard touchdown run by James Starks, who circled right end and untouched into the end zone.

“They played very soft,” Rodgers said of the Vikings’ defensive scheme. “We did a good job running the ball. The backs made the right cuts and it put us in manageable position.”

It’s four games for the division title. That’s the position the Packers are in with their rivals, the Bears.

“The division could very well come down to that meeting. Everything is right in front of us,” Rodgers said.

Additional coverage - Packers vs. Vikings

 
blog comments powered by Disqus

You May Also Be Interested in...

Recent Videos

  • Backstage: Rodgers reacts to earning 2nd NFL MVP

    (2:28) Posted 7 hours ago

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers sat down with Akbar Gbaja-Biamila after the 4th Annual NFL Honors to discuss what winning 2014 MVP meant to him.

  • NFL Honors: Aaron Rodgers accepts MVP award

    (1:25) Posted 18 hours ago

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wins the award for Most Valuable Player at the 2015 "NFL Honors."

  • Aaron Rodgers wins NFL MVP

    (1:00) Posted 19 hours ago

    Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was named NFL's Most Valuable Player on Saturday, January 31, 2015. The award was presented to Rodgers at the fourth annual "NFL Honors" show.