Rodgers, Packers Romp Past Favre, Vikings 31-3

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — If this were indeed Brett Favre’s final Packers-Vikings game, Aaron Rodgers sure made it clear who’s in charge of this rivalry right now.

Rodgers threw for 301 yards, with three of his four touchdown passes going to Greg Jennings. He beat Favre for the second time this season and sent Green Bay to a 31-3 victory over melting-down Minnesota on Sunday.

The Packers (7-3) emerged fresh from their bye week and kept pace in the NFC North race with the Chicago Bears (7-3), ruining any realistic hope the Vikings (3-7) had left to give Favre another shot at a playoff run in his 20th NFL season.

“I hate to use Jim Mora’s comments about playoffs, but we can’t think about that,” Favre said.

Instead, this 100th meeting between these border-state rivals, likely the last for the 41-year-old Favre, was marked by costly turnovers, untimely penalties and even some sideline shouting by the frustrated Vikings to cast further doubt on coach Brad Childress’s future with the team.

“I can’t really talk about that, because that’s not my decision going forward,” Childress said.

The coach said he didn’t think the Vikings quit, but some players wondered aloud whether everyone’s effort was there.

“The score could indicate that, but again without watching the film I don’t know,” Favre said.

Favre insisted he’s committed to the team despite failing to directly answer questions about whether he wants to finish the season.

“I’m here, and we’re in this thing together,” Favre said.

Tramon Williams intercepted Favre to stop a long Vikings drive, and Rodgers took the Packers the other way for a touchdown to James Jones in the final minute of the first half to give the visitors a 17-3 lead. Favre and close friend Darrell Bevell, the offensive coordinator, were seen on TV snapping at each other on the sideline after the interception.

The “Go Pack Go!” cry from the Wisconsin transplants and travelers grew louder as the game went on, with Vikings fans getting in a few “Fire Childress!” chants for good measure.

“I need to say a big thank you to our fans,” Rodgers said.

Wide receiver Sidney Rice made his season debut for the Vikings after missing the first nine games following hip surgery, finishing with three catches for 56 yards. But his return hardly gave Favre and the offense a spark. Favre finished 17 for 38 for 208 yards, sailing several passes over the heads of his receivers and facing heavy pressure most of the game.

He gave Packers coach Mike McCarthy a quick hug and walked off the field to several more handshakes.

Favre, who threw a career-low seven interceptions last season, has 17 of them this year. Opponents have taken his 22 turnovers and turned them into 71 points over 10 games, and the Vikings — who entered the weekend last in the NFL in giveaway-takeaway ratio — watched their turnover differential fall to minus-13.

With 10 players and five starters lost for the season on injured reserve, plus a stiff second-half schedule featuring a trip to NFC-leading Atlanta next week, McCarthy and the Packers have plenty of work in front of them.

But the steam and swagger they regained in their 28-24 win over the Vikings on Oct. 24 is making them look more like the Super Bowl contender they were purported to be this summer. The Dom Capers defense has yielded just 10 points in three games since beating the Vikings the first time.

“We’ve got a foot on the gas, hands on the wheel and we’re looking straight ahead,” McCarthy said. “That’s what you have to do in November.”

The Vikings pressured Rodgers early the way they needed to, the way they did last season, after failing to take him down at all in last month’s loss. But he found a rhythm once the strong rush forced him from the pocket and delivered at just the right times.

Rookie cornerback Chris Cook had a rough game, getting beat for a 39-yard reception by Jones on third-and-10 from midfield. Safety Husain Abdullah had trouble, too, dropping a must-have interception at the goal line and then letting Jennings get in front of him on the next play for an 11-yard touchdown catch after Rodgers ran left to flee the rush to make it 10-3.

Then after the interception by Williams and the response from Rodgers right before the half, it took less than three minutes after halftime for the Packers to put the game away. Rodgers found Jennings wide open up the sideline, and he jogged in for a 46-yard pass and a three-touchdown lead. The Vikings defense was a mess, with Cook seen shouting at Ray Edwards and Ben Leber on the bench.

The Vikings couldn’t do anything right at that point. Jim Kleinsasser’s holding penalty wiped out Ryan Longwell’s 51-yard field goal on the next possession, and they punted instead.

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  • sara

    Agree Mary!

  • Ken

    they both need to go. I’m sure glad we passed on Jimmie Clausen, now we need to rebuild next year.

  • Bert

    Chilly has a terrible game plan, Favre needs to go away and stop hurting this club, and the O-Line needs to be revamped. Bring on Bill Cower!!! There is no way he’d let things get this bad. Our situation right now lays all on Chilly & Favre!

  • Dave

    Maybe Wilf will take his team to LA and put us out of our misery. What a sorry performance – wouldn’t you know they’d save the worst for the Packers. I agree that Favre and his 22 turnovers are a big part of the problem.

  • Bob

    Take them all to Iowa. Iowa does not have a NFL team. and they have lots of state gambleing funds to pay for a stadium. They also have lots of wide open spaces right down 35w to build one. see you later Brett and Chilly.

  • http://YahooSports Reggie W.

    2009 was a very lucky year for the Vike with 3 last second wins and a much easier season. I am an Atlanta transplant and a diehard Falcons fan win or lose, Minnesotans are terrible fans. Support your team before you lose them.

    • Terrey Bullfanne

      Yeah, and one of your old quarterbacks killed a bunch of dogs, so go the hell back to Atlanta and quit looking for trouble with the “terrible fans” in Minnesota.

    • PackerfanKaty

      Well said!

      • PackerfanKaty

        I meant well said for Reggie W.!

    • Mark

      Actually the two worst sports fans are:

      1. Atlanta. Can’t even sell out the WOLRD SERIES when they played in it. That’s terrible!!

      2. Minnesota. They only suppor their teams whent hey are winning. Not too far away from those 1990’s blackouts. Better for us Packer fans I guess.

  • Ruth

    Its not Favre. Chilly is a MORON, has been for years. The team is all messed up, can’t get their heads together. And how could they, when Favre and Chilly aren’t on the same page. Kick Chilly out, get a decent coach that will work with Favre, and make use of his experience and leadership skills.

  • djf

    I WILL NOT watch another game until Ziggy (mario look alike) smarts up and FIRES childress!!!!! My 5yr old can coach BETTER!!!!

  • Trapper

    Same players as in 2009. So what is the difference. The only thing I can think of is a few quitters. Why???? Maybe someone peed in their wheaties. Who knows.


  • cliff

    Have lived and died with the Vikings since there inception. This season is a real downer for all fans. Chilly has to go immediately and Favre needs to sit down and then retire for good and go into the hall of fame in five years as a packer. I hope the owner does not move the team to LA but it is a real option for financial reasons. He can get a new stadium and a huge fan base.

  • jimbo

    Favre beats Vikings AGAIN

  • Annie

    The season is over folks. Let’s hope Childress is done too! Brett – I’m sorry – it’s time to take a seat and let someone play quarterback

  • Ian

    Maybe they can talk Fran into getting out of his wheelchair and come back as QB?

  • ian

    Give Bevell the QB start. We was pretty good @ UW-Wisconsin

    • Mark

      LOL!! Are you kidding me? I watched him play at UW. He was HORRIBLE!!

      The only reason they went to the Rose Bowl that year was because of a massive O line, Brent Moss at RB, and a pretty good D!!

      The QB play from him that year wasn’t that good.

  • Aaron R.

    It cracks me up how you all act like Favre begged to be here and he is bringing you down. I think I remember the Vikes begging him. He’s yours now, so deal!

    • Mark

      I couldn’t agree more Aaron!!

      This is too funny!!

      Hey…………..look on the TV Vikings fans? Did you see that? Did ya?

      The Packers just scored another touchdown!!

  • Juice

    Defense? I guess this is what happens when the “Williams Wall” gets the juice taken away. And maybe the whole defense decided to play by the rules.

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