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

By Dan Parzych
(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.

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