Vikings 7

(2-7, 1-4 away)

Packers 45

(9-0, 4-0 home)

Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

8:30 PM ET, November 14, 2011

Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI 

1 2 3 4 T
MIN 0 0 7 07
GB 14 3 14 1445

Top Performers

Passing: A. Rodgers (GB) - 250 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: J. Starks (GB) - 13 CAR, 63 YDS

Receiving: J. Finley (GB) - 3 REC, 67 YDS

Aaron Rodgers, unbeaten Packers run over Vikings in laugher

Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Aaron Rodgers was just fine sharing the spotlight with the Green Bay Packers' defense. Thrilled, actually.

If the Packers now can field a dependable defense along with their trademark high-octane offense, they just might be unstoppable.

The Packers (9-0) remain the NFL's lone undefeated team -- not that Rodgers is quite ready to ponder the possibility of a perfect season.

"I'm sure there will be, obviously, more pressure, more scrutiny from the outside of this locker room," Rodgers said. "But we've got a good locker room."

Rodgers threw four touchdown passes against a fierce Vikings pass rush, Randall Cobb returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown and the Packers defense contained Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings in a 45-7 victory on Monday night.

"It's (our) best game, because of the margin of victory," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "And at the end of the day, it's about points."

Green Bay's defense came into the game giving up nearly 300 yards passing per game, second-most in the NFL. Their last time out, the Packers nearly blew a big lead in the fourth quarter at San Diego, holding on for a 45-38 victory.

The Packers finally played to their potential against the division rival Vikings (2-7), holding rookie quarterback Christian Ponder to 190 yards passing with an interception and limiting Peterson to 51 yards and a touchdown.

"I felt as a defense we owed it to ourselves to play a game like that," cornerback Charles Woodson said. "Owed it to our fans, our team, especially our offense who's been playing out of their minds this year. We needed a game like that. It feels good, but it's still one game."

Worse yet for the Vikings, they may be without cornerback Antoine Winfield because of a broken clavicle, according to coach Leslie Frazier. Monday's game was Winfield's first since sustaining a neck injury.

The Vikings' defense did its best to rough up Rodgers, sacking him three times and hitting him hard virtually every time he took off running. Defensive end Jared Allen harassed Rodgers at every turn.

The pressure didn't force any uncharacteristic mistakes from Rodgers, who was 23 of 30 for 250 yards without an interception. Rodgers threw a pair of touchdown passes to Jordy Nelson, and also found Greg Jennings and John Kuhn for scores.

"Our performance tonight was very disappointing," Frazier said.

Allen didn't need anybody to recite Rodgers' gaudy stats.

"I don't even know what that means," Allen said. "All I know is he crushed us tonight."

McCarthy put backup quarterback Matt Flynn in the game with 10:30 left in the fourth quarter -- and the Vikings couldn't keep him out of the end zone, either, as he scrambled 3 yards for a touchdown with 4:27 left.

But it was Cobb, a second-round rookie out of Kentucky, who got it all started for the Packers.

After the Packers' defense forced the Vikings to go three-and-out on their first possession, Cobb fielded a punt from Chris Kluwe and squeezed through a seam in the middle of the field.

Cobb accelerated down the left sideline and danced the final few steps into the end zone, tossing the ball in the air as if he was shooting a basketball before doing a "Lambeau leap" into the stands.

Cobb also had a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the Packers' season opener against the New Orleans Saints.

"I guess when the lights come on my tempo and my game speed goes up," Cobb said. "But I've got to get to where I'm doing it every game."

Rodgers finally got the ball and directed an 11-play, 70-yard drive that included conversions on third-and-8, to Donald Driver, and third-and-7, to running back James Starks. Rodgers then finished the drive with a perfect pass to Jennings in the middle of the field for a touchdown, and the Packers led 14-0.

With the Vikings driving near the end of the first quarter, Woodson wrestled a ball away from Visanthe Shiancoe for what initially was ruled an interception. Frazier challenged the call and it was overturned, giving Ryan Longwell a shot at a 47-yard field goal.

But the Vikings committed a penalty, and Longwell came up just short on a 52-yard attempt.

Rodgers then put together another drive, and Rodgers hit tight end Jermichael Finley for 25 yards on a fourth-and-5 conversion attempt at the Vikings 34-yard line. Allen sacked Rodgers on first-and-goal, and the Packers ended up settling for a 25-yard field goal by Mason Crosby to take a 17-0 lead with 12:04 left before halftime.

Ponder then threw an interception to Packers cornerback Tramon Williams, misfiring on a deep ball after a flea-flicker toss back from Peterson.

Rodgers was sharp on the first possession of the second half, leading an eight-play, 69-yard drive that included a fourth-down conversion to Nelson.

Rodgers found Nelson on the right sideline two plays later, Nelson threw a stiff arm at Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin and broke free for a touchdown, giving the Packers a commanding 24-0 lead with 10:45 left in the third quarter.

The Packers forced another punt but Cobb fumbled, and the Vikings recovered deep in Packers territory.

Ponder threw to Percy Harvin, then handed to Peterson for a 3-yard touchdown up the middle. The Vikings cut the Packers' lead to 24-7 with 8:41 left in the third quarter.

Cobb then made up for his mistake with a long kickoff return to give the ball to the Packers at midfield. Rodgers led yet another precision drive, finishing it off with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Kuhn for a 31-7 lead.

Game notes

Cobb's return was the Packers' first punt return for a touchdown since November 2008. ... Including the playoffs, the Packers have won 15 straight games dating back to last season, the longest such streak in team history. ... Monday's attendance was 70,519.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1423
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5966
Total Yards266356
Yards per play4.55.4
Total Drives1111
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-14-5
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

gbTD13:42Randall Cobb 80 Yard Punt Return (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 80 yds, 0:00
gbTD5:07Greg Jennings 24 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 70 yds, 4:53
gbFG12:08Mason Crosby 25 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 51 yds, 4:10
gbTD10:52Jordy Nelson 17 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 69 yds, 4:15
minTD8:44Adrian Peterson 3 Yard Run (Ryan Longwell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 14 yds, 0:29
gbTD6:25John Kuhn 9 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 50 yds, 2:20
gbTD11:07Jordy Nelson 4 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 59 yds, 5:30
gbTD4:33Matt Flynn 3 Yard Run (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 66 yds, 6:03

Research Notes

After scoring 45 points in Monday night's win over the Vikings, the Packers tied the 2007 Colts for the 4th most consecutive games scoring at least 20 points by a defending Super Bowl champion.
NEXT-LEVEL: The Packers sent at least five pass rushers on 29 of the Vikings 39 dropbacks (74.4 percent). It is the highest rate the Packers have sent added pressure the past four seasons.
For those that thought Tom Brady's 2007 numbers are untouchable, you might have to think again. Aaron Rodgers is on pace to match the greatest season we've ever seen by a quarterback, when the Pats became the first team to go 16-0 in the regular season. Through nine games, Rodgers has similar completion percentage and NFL passer rating, and he's thrown for more yards and a better touchdown-to-interception ratio.

PackersThe Packers unleashed their secondary Monday night, sending a defensive back on a blitz on 19 of 39 (48.7 percent) of Christian Ponder's dropbacks Monday. It was their highest blitz percentage over the last four seasons.

NEXT LEVEL: Aaron Rodgers was sharp on play-action passes Monday, completing 6 of 8 attempts for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Coming into the game, Rodgers was leading the league in completion percentage (75.7) and touchdowns (10) off of play action.
NEXT LEVEL: Three of Aaron Rodgers' four touchdowns came on passes of 5 or fewer yards. Rodgers used the short pass on a greater percentage of his attempts than he has throughout the season, with 60 percent of his pass attempts coming on throws of this length, compared to only 43 percent on the season.
Matthew Stafford had 63 pass attempts vs the Bears. That's the most by a Lions player in a single game in franchise history. The previous record was 62 by Charlie Batch on November 8, 2001 at Arizona.

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