The Green Bay Packers understood the urgency of the moment and put on a great performance for their fans gathered at Lambeau Field on Sunday, winning 41-17 over their arch-rivals, the Minnesota Vikings.
Matt LaFleur’s squad had no choice but to triumph to stay alive in the National Playoff portrait. She easily rose to this challenge by dominating the first half 27 to 3.
To do this, the Packers (8-8) scored two spectacular touchdowns in the first quarter. Keisean Nixon first ran 105 yards on a punt return into the end zone. Then, Darnell Savage took advantage of one of Kirk Cousins’ three interceptions to score a 75-yard major with his legs.
Cousins finished the game with 205 passing yards and a touchdown pass behind the Vikings center (12-4). Jalen Nailor was the recipient in a lost cause, at the end of the meeting.
Meanwhile, veteran Aaron Rodgers fulfilled his mandate by completing 15 of his 24 stints for 159 yards. He scored a major overland and spotted Robert Tonyan for 21 yards for his lone passing touchdown.
At Arrowhead Stadium, Patrick Mahomes powered the Kansas City Chiefs up the ante in a 27-24 win over the Denver Broncos.
The Broncos (4-12) offered strong opposition to one of the best teams on the Manfred circuit. Disappointing since the start of the season, Russell Wilson added 12 points to the board on runs and threw a touchdown pass to Albert Okwuegbunam.
Led 10 to 6 and 17 to 13, the Chiefs (13-3) managed to erase their delay thanks to the arm of Mahomes. Jerick McKinnon took advantage of two of the three paying discounts from the prolific pivot of the Missouri team.
McKinnon thus became the first receiver since 1967 to catch a touchdown pass in five straight games.
Through the NFL
In Seattle, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif’s first game as a starter this season didn’t go as planned, as the New York Jets (7-9) lost 23-6 to the Seahawks (8-8) .
In Las Vegas, an interception by Tashaun Gipson allowed the San Francisco 49ers (12-4) to score the winning kick in overtime. The Californian team beat the Raiders (6-10) 37 to 34.
In Houston, Trevor Lawrence was quiet in a 31-3 victory of the Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8) at the expense of the Texans (2-13-1).
In Atlanta, Younghoe Koo offered victory to the Falcons (6-10) by scoring a short kick in the last moments of a game that ended in a score of 20 to 19 against the Arizona Cardinals (4 -12).
In Cleveland, Deshaun Watson threw three touchdown passes in the Browns’ 24-10 (7-8) win over the Washington Commanders (7-8-1). The team from the American capital is also eliminated from the race for the playoffs because of the victory of the Packers.
In Los Angeles, Justin Herbert was excellent behind the center of the Chargers (10-6), who easily defeated the Rams (5-11) by a score of 31-10.