Pack responds after allowing record TD
MINNEAPOLIS — Aaron Rodgers has the Packers on a roll, even without three of his best receivers.
Rodgers picked apart the Vikings, throwing for 285 yards and two first-half touchdowns to Jordy Nelson as Green Bay won its final game at Mall of America Field.
"We've got a great team, very well-coached," Rodgers said. "Guys are ready to play. It was loud in here. It was a tough environment, but guys stepped up."
Cordarrelle Patterson set an NFL record with a 109-yard return on the opening kickoff. Antonio Cromartie had the only other 109-yard TD in league history, a return of a missed field goal in 2007 for the Chargers against the Vikings.
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, back starting again, didn't turn the ball over, but the former Florida State star was again out of sorts and threw for just 145 yards.
Green Bay scored on every possession until taking a knee to end the game.