Packers clinch NFC North with dominant MNF win over Vikings


The Vikings knew a win would put them in contention for the NFC North title and would have been encouraged when Kirk Cousins threw a great second quarter touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs for a 10-3 lead. If the Vikings finish at 12-4 and the New Orleans Saints finish 11-5, along with the Packers finishing 11-5, then the Vikings jump up to that No. 2 spot. Teams led by Eli Manning, Colin Kaepernick and others have wrecked that mystique.

Green Bay enters the US Bank Stadium and only needs one win to secure the NFC North title. If Seattle beats San Francisco to win the NFC West on Sunday night, the Packers will have the No. 1 seed and get to stay at Lambeau Field for the whole month of January until the Super Bowl if they make it that far.

What lies forward for the 49ers is one final street date vs. the Seattle Seahawks to determine who wins the division.

The last four games for the San Francisco 49ers have been decided by one score or less.

Still, the maneuvering for the top seed in the NFC is huge. The Packers own the head-to-head tiebreaker, though, so they wouldn't get control of things just this week.

That certainly would seem to bode quite well for a Saints team that has only one lost one single game on the road this season, which of course was the game in which future Hall of Famer and veteran QB Drew Brees tore the thumb ligament on his right throwing hand midway through the 1st Quarter in the team's 27-9 loss to the Rams at Los Angeles back in Week #2.

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"These kind of games, they are playoff style games", Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said.

"Mike's a good runner", Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said Saturday. He completed 26 of his 40 passes for 216 yards.

Week 17, where all 16 games in the league kick off at the same time, is the apex of the RedZone season with dozens and dozens of touchdowns flying in quicker than Scott Hanson can say "Octobox" before he presumably spends 14 straight hours in an isolation chamber after the frenetic broadcast just to recalibrate.

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Cousins was particularly very bad in this game, completing 16-of-31 passes for 122 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

Green Bay Packers linebacker Za'Darius Smith got his Christmas wish granted a few days early this year. Smith, a key free agent addition this past offseason, had 3.5 sacks. They gained only 139 yards, posted seven first downs all night and held the ball for only 22 minutes, 28 seconds, placing a heavy burden on a defense that eventually broke after playing 75 plays. Rodgers isn't at his peak anymore, but he has his moments and he's good enough. Defensively, we could have played the run better. The defense was dominant on Monday night. If that happens, all potential opponents should be sure to dress warm.