Packers Apply Nails Into Coffin that is Vikings SeasonPosted:Nov 21st, 2010 10:26 pm
In 16 years of attending Packers-Vikings games at the Metrodome, it's never felt sweeter than this. It's never felt more satisfying than on this Sunday, when the Packers emphatically ended the Vikings' season and most likely, the misguided Brett Favre era in Minnesota.
Once again, the Packers' defense rose up and dominated. They've allowed just one touchdown in the last three games and once again used turnovers to turn the game around. The Tramon Williams interception was a game-changer. Favre and the Vikings were driving late in the first half of a 10-3 game when Williams got the pick. Rodgers took the Pack down the field and punched it in right before halftime to make it 17-3 and cause Vikings fans to head to the beer line to drown their sorrows.
When the Packers came out and scored to start the third quarter it was 24-3, and for all intents and purposes, there was your "dagger." The Vikings had no life left and no chance in passing mode against the Pack's pass rush. For the rest of the day, we Packer fans at the Dome enjoyed belting out "Go Pack Go" while on defense, causing Vikes fans to boo and raise the decibel level in the dome while Favre and the offense tried to run their offense. Speaking of which, I love the fact that Green Bay won the toss and deferred. I love putting that defense on the field first and taking the ball to start the second half.
Once again, Mike McCarthy and the coaching staff had the team ready coming out of the bye. It took the offense a few series to find their rhythm, but the 17 point second quarter was a thing of beauty--Rodgers and the passing game was razor sharp. McCarthy is now 4-1 in games following the bye and in division games he's 20-8.
At 7-3, the Packers are rolling, winners of four straight, with a tough test in Atlanta next Sunday. As for the Vikings, they can start thinking about 2011, if there is a 2011. And if there is, they may decide to find out beginning next week whether Tavaris Jackson is their guy.