The Packers got a first round bye after all. With Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder sitting out with an elbow injury that was worse than anyone thought, the Vikings turned to Joe Webb, better known as the guy on the sideline always seen wildly cheering Adrian Peterson in the highlight clips.
Webb hadn't thrown a pass all season, and it showed. The Packers, doing their part for the NFL's antibullying campaign, took it easy on Minnesota and jogged out to a 24-3 lead Saturday before taking off their shoes and giving up a fluke touchdown in the 24-10 win.
Make no mistake, though. Green Bay, with receivers, linebackers and cornerbacks looking healthy for the first time all season, looked ready to make a run at another Super Bowl championship. The Packers will face the 49ers in a divisional round game at 5 p.m. Saturday at Candlestick Park.
Green Bay would like to avenge a 30-22 season-opening loss at home to San Francisco, and you know its quarterback has had a chip on his shoulder for longer than that. The 49ers chose Alex Smith over Aaron Rodgers in 2005, and Rodgers fell all the way to 24th to the Packers.