After the Vikings dropped a 38-25 decision to the Green Bay Packers - ending their remote playoff hopes - cornerback Xavier Rhodes confessed to reporters that he and his fellow defensive backs chose to eschew Coach Mike Zimmer's game plan to have Rhodes shadow Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson in the first half, choosing instead to do it their own way.
The Packers (9-6) will play for the NFC North championship at Detroit on January 1.
Rodgers put a scare into the Lambeau Field crowd Saturday when he stayed down an extra few seconds following a crunching sack by Minnesota's Danielle Hunter and Eric Kendricks. It wasn't just a jaunt into the end zone, either. That marked one of Nelson's two scores during a 154-yard day.
Rodgers completed his first 10 passes, had a flawless passer rating (158.3) through one-quarter and three touchdown passes over the first 23 minutes of the contest as the Packers built up a 21-6 advantage against a team not exactly equipped to win a shoot-out.
"I went to my go-to-slash-only juke move in the arsenal and was able to slip in there", Rodgers said, cracking up the media the same way he made the medical staff laugh when getting checked out for the stinger.
Rodgers might not win a third MVP award, but he at the very least deserves to be a serious contender.
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The Green Bay Packers have won four games in a row, thanks in large part to some outstanding play by Aaron Rodgers.
The Packers' offense has been much more prolific since then, too, amassing yards with a quick passing attack.
The results have been apparent in recent weeks, with Rodgers settling into one of his prototypical hot streaks. All the things the star QB does when he is at his best.
Perhaps Rodgers' early season struggles will keep him from winning the NFL's highest individual honor for the third time in his career, but even if he's not the MVP, there may not be anyone playing any better at the most critical time of the year.
Either the Lions will beat Green Bay on New Year's Day and earn their first division title in 23 years, or they will lose, and hope to beat out Washington and Tampa Bay for a wild-card spot. Only the Lions" knack for dramatic finishes plus the Packers' sluggish start to "16 kept Detroit atop the division this long.