Packers embarrass Vikings, clinch NFC North in Minneapolis

Woof. That was ugly.
Publish date:
Kirk Cousins

It was ugly all night for the Vikings as Kirk Cousins and company totaled just 138 yards of total offense in a 23-10 home loss to the Green Bay Packers Monday night. 

The loss clinched two things: the NFC North championship for the Packers (12-3), and the No. 6 seed in the playoffs for the Vikings (10-5). Had Minnesota won – they were 5.5-point favorites – they would've had a chance to get the 2nd, 3rd or 5th seed. Instead, their Week 17 game against the Bears has been rendered meaningless. 

Kirk Cousins had no time to throw as Green Bay's defensive line applied constant pressure, resulting in Cousins dropping to 0-9 lifetime on Monday Night Football. Cousins finished 16-of-31 for 122 yards, one touchdown and one interception. 

Green Bay sacked Cousins five times, 3.5 from defensive lineman Za'Darius Smith, with Kenny Clark and Preston Smith also getting in on the action. 

Minnesota's rushing game was non-existent without Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and Alexander Mattison (ankle). They finished with 57 yards on 16 carries (3.6 average), led by 28 yards on 11 carries from Mike Boone, who made his first career start. 

The Packers limited the Vikings to just seven first downs. 

The Vikings defense was solid despite being on the field for more than 36 minutes as Green Bay controlled the time of possession. 

Making matters worse is that the Vikings lost linebacker/leading tackler Eric Kendricks to a quad injury. He left the game and was dressed in street clothes during the second half. 

Merry Christmas. 

Next Up

covid, vaccine

Minnesotans 65 and older only need to pre-register once for vaccine lottery

This is good news for people worried that they'd need to sign up every week.

police lights

2 people charged in separate Minneapolis homicides that happened hours apart

A woman is accused of stabbing a man in the chest over $60, while a man is accused of accidentally shooting a victim on the man's birthday.

House for sale

Despite pandemic, Twin Cities housing market set records in 2020

Sales were up 7.7% in 2020 compared to the year before.

Target store inside

Target unveils 'limited-edition' home, lifestyle collection with Levi Strauss

The new collection will be available in some stores and everyone online Feb. 28.

Tim Walz

Walz's $52.4 billion budget increases school spending, raises taxes on wealthy

He says the budget will help level the playing field and ensure all Minnesotans have a fair shot at economic recovery,

Screen Shot 2021-01-26 at 12.55.00 PM

Pictures from Minnesota GOP's Deadwood retreat show no masks, no distancing

The pictures were shared in Chair Jennifer Carnahan's latest email newsletter.

Alexus Norberg

Search for girl, 14, missing from St. Cloud

The teen left her home without her parents' permission.

coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, January 26

The health departments provided new data daily at 11 a.m.


What health officials know, don't know about Brazil P.1 variant

Minnesota health officials confirmed the first case of the P.1 variant in the U.S.

christopher and banks

Christopher & Banks closing stores for good, laying off 361 people at Plymouth facility

The layoffs began earlier this month and will continue through March.

Screen Shot 2021-01-26 at 8.56.43 AM

Tributes, donations after death of popular South High School teacher

The fundraiser had raised more than $9,000 of its $15,000 as of Tuesday.


Harrison Smith

Better shot to win the NFC North: Packers or Vikings?

Will it take 12+ wins to claim the division crown?

Stefon Diggs

Podcast: Vikings are superior to the Packers entering MNF

It's the debut episode of the Bring Me The Sports podcast.

Adam Thielen

Where do the Vikings' pass-catchers rank in the NFC North?

Chris Schad digs into the receivers in the NFC North.

Adam Thielen

History says Adam Thielen will shred the Packers

The years keep changing and Thielen keeps torching Green Bay.

Garrett Bradbury

Packers player tests positive for COVID-19 after facing Vikings

Dillon played in Sunday's game against the Vikings at Lambeau Field.

Aaron Rodgers

Playoff picture: Packers-Bears, Rams-Cowboys will impact Vikings

Here are the best- and worst-case scenarios for the Vikings.

NFC North Watch: How do Packers, Lions, Bears sit?

We know how the Vikings fared Sunday, but what about the rest of their NFC North rivals?