Close Article Return to stream X
NFL

2013 NFL Playoffs: No Reason to Make a Big Deal Over Green Bay Packers Just Yet

+Read full article

(Andrew Weber/USA Today Sports)

Less than one week after missing out on a chance to earn the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye, the Green Bay Packers had no problems against the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday night during the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Aaron Rodgers led the way for the Packers as usual by throwing for 274 yards and one touchdown, but when it comes to being one of the top contenders in the NFC–there’s no reason to make a big deal over Green Bay just yet after their first postseason win.

Any team in the NFL could have beaten Minnesota on Saturday considering they were playing without Christian Ponder–who was ruled inactive just hours before the game with an elbow injury–and were forced to start Joe Webb instead. The Vikings may have believed in Webb a couple of years ago when he showed potential, but Saturday’s game against the Packers made it clear he’s not fit to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.

In other words–the Packers weren’t as heavily tested Wild Card Weekend as they were in Week 17 considering the Vikings appeared to be a completely different team.

Adrian Peterson single-handedly carried the Vikings to the playoffs this season after rushing for 2,097 yards and 12 touchdowns during the regular season and the Packers knew as long as they shut him down on Saturday–they wouldn’t have any issues advancing to the Divisional Round. As for how they’ll perform next weekend against the San Francisco 49ers, it certainly won’t be easy considering how much they struggled earlier in the year–especially on defense when it came to shutting Frank Gore down.

“Like” Dan Parzych on Facebook

Be sure to follow Dan on Twitter @DanParzych

Your Favorites
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NFL Videos

Cardinals' Palmer Hits Fitzgerald For Huge Gain

Following a shocking hail Mary touchdown at the end of regulation by the Green Bay Packers, the Arizona Cardinals immediately went down the field in overtime with this huge completion from Carson Palmer to Larry Fitzgerald. This game has been unbelievable.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NFL Videos

Watch Fitzgerald Send Cardinals To NFC Title Game

I pronounce this the greatest game I've ever witnessed. There aren't enough words to describe the ebbs and flows that occurred during the fourth quarter of this NFC Divisional Playoff. Both teams should be proud of the way they played, but the Cardinals will be the ones moving on after this Larry Fitzgerald touchdown.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NFL Videos

Watch Packers Complete Hail Mary As Time Expires

You have got to be kidding me! The Green Bay Packers sent the game to overtime with this insane Hail Mary completion. What are Patrick Peterson and Justin Bethel doing so deep in the end zone. This game has been absolutely insane.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NFL Videos

Watch Cardinals' Palmer Throw Ugly Interception

For someone who played like a MVP all season long, Carson Palmer has looked anything but tonight against the Green Bay Packers. If he doesn't redeem himself in the fourth quarter, the No. 2 seed Arizona Cardinals will be sitting at home watching the playoffs with the rest of us next week.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NFL Videos

Packers' Lacy Needs Oxygen After This Run

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy doesn't look like he's missed any meals recently, if you catch my drift. Despite the extra weight he's carrying around these days, Lacy was able to bust out into the open field for this huge 61-yard run.

Comment 0 Comments