Saturday 22 October 2016

Rodgers leads resurgent Packers past Redskins

Published 12/01/2016 | 02:30

Rodgers got the Packers’ attack in gear Photo: USA TODAY Sports
Rodgers got the Packers’ attack in gear Photo: USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers overcame a sluggish start and rolled to a 35-18 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday to close out Wild Card weekend in the National Football League.

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The victory set up a date for Green Bay on the road next weekend against the Arizona Cardinals, completing the match-ups for the Divisional round of the playoffs as all four road teams were opening-round winners for the first time.

The Seattle Seahawks, 10-9 winners on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, play NFC top-seeded Carolina Panthers, while AFC top seeds the Denver Broncos host the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots entertain the Kansas City Chiefs.

Green Bay fell behind 11-0 early in the second quarter before Rodgers, who completed only one-of-eight passes for 11 yards in the opening quarter, got the Packers' attack in gear on an unseasonably warm, windy day in the US capital.

From that point on, the Packers outscored the hosts 35-7.

"We just needed a game like this to get our mojo back, to get our confidence going," said Rodgers.

"The playoffs brings it out in all of us. It's a one-and-done mentality. The focus goes up, the intensity goes up."

Earlier on Sunday, Blair Walsh wrote his name into infamy when he missed a 27-yard field goal with just seconds remaining which would have put the Vikings through at the expense of last year's beaten Super Bowl finalists, Seattle.

Walsh hooked his kick horribly wide to spark wild celebrations on the Seahawks sideline.

"I didn't come through for us, and that hurts," a distraught Walsh said afterwards.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters point blank: "It's a chip shot. He's got to make it."

Elsewhere, the San Francisco 49ers are expected to speak with Tom Coughlin about their vacant head coach role after the 69-year-old left the New York Giants.

Irish Independent

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