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Packers running back DuJuan Harris scampers past the Vikings.
A closer look at Green Bay's 24-10 victory
Offense: DuJuan Harris
Minus a drop on the first drive of the game, diminutive DuJuan Harris played big on Saturday night. The numbers weren’t eye-popping – a combined 100 yards rushing and receiving – but Harris provided a needed spark, taking screens and dump-offs from quarterback Aaron Rodgers and turning them into modest gains. On Green Bay’s 81-yard scoring drive in the first quarter, Harris accounted for 50 of the yards, and he finished it off with a 9-yard rushing touchdown to give the Packers a 7-3 lead. They would never trail again.
Defense: Erik Walden
With the more mobile Joe Webb at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, it was important for the Packers too keep the Alabama-Birmingham product in the pocket. After allowing Webb to get outside on a first-quarter bootleg, Walden settled down and played one of his better games of the season. He finished with one sack, two tackles for loss and two quarterback hits. He was also, like the entire defense, better at staying in his gap in the running game. Several times, Walden stayed in his gap and when Adrian Peterson cut the run back, Walden met him at the hole.
Special Teams: Tim Masthay
It was a busy night for the Packers’ punter. While his net average wasn’t good, he did drop another three punts inside the 20-yard line. Vikings’ punt returner Marcus Sherels was forced to call five fair catches and averaged just 8.3-yards per return. He also fumbled one of Masthay’s punts and the Packers’ Dezman Moses recovered.
Tweets of the Game
Thanks @aaronrodgers12, for giving us one quarterback today.— Greg A. Bedard (@GregABedard) January 6, 2013
-- Boston Globe NFL writer Greg Bedard commenting on the play of Aaron Rodgers compared to what the Vikings’ Joe Webb, the Texans’ Matt Schaub and the Bengals’ Andy Dalton were able to do in Saturday’s playoff game.
@adbrandt he keeps this up they'll be using HIM to sell cars in Wisconsin— trey wingo (@wingoz) January 6, 2013
Former Packers’ front office member and current ESPN analyst Andrew Brandt on the quick start of former car salesman turned running back DeJuan Harris and ESPN’s Trey Wingo’s response.
Not that this should come as a surprise, but Joe Webb has no idea what's going on.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 6, 2013
ESPN 1500’s Vikings’ reporter Tom Pelissero on the struggles of backup quarterback Joe Webb.
Quote of the Day
“This is an important part of the year. You can’t really help what happened in the past. All you can do is take advantage of the moment and opportunity that you’re presented. We stepped up in a big way and we stopped a great player.”
-- Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji on “holding” Adrian Peterson to 99 yards rushing after the Vikings star racked up 199 in Week 17.
In Case You Missed It
The Packers' all-time leading receiver, Donald Driver, was not active in what was possibly his final game at Lambeau Field.
Fullback John Kuhn scored two touchdowns. He became the first player in franchise history to post a rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown in two different postseason games. He also did it against Atlanta on Jan. 15, 2011.
Mason Crosby hit his sixth straight postseason field goal -- a 20-yard kick in the second quarter. That’s the longest streak in team history.
Brian Van Holt, who plays Bobby Cobb on the TBS sitcom "Cougar Town," gave the 1-2-3 countdown leading fans into the singing of "The Beer Barrel Polka” in the fourth quarter.
The Packers’ win was just their third postseason victory at Lambeau Field in their last seven games, and their first since beating Seattle in the 2007 playoffs.
Inside the Numbers
16 – Postseason touchdown passes by Aaron Rodgers in his career, passing Bart Starr for second most in team history. Only Brett Favre has more.
177 – Consecutive passes for Rodgers since his last interception.
10 – Points allowed by the Packers, the fewest in a playoff game since giving up 10 points against San Francisco on Jan. 11, 1998.
99 – The number of rushing yards by Vikings running back Adrian Peterson on Saturday night. It was just the second time in the last 11 games that he was held under 100 yards rushing.
Green Bay will travel to San Francisco (11-4-1) Saturday night to take on the 49ers in an NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park at 7 p.m.