Cousinsless’ Vikings Blown Out By Packers, Eliminated From Playoff Contention

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – JANUARY 02: Quarterback Sean Mannion #14 of the Minnesota Vikings dives for a first down during the 4th quarter of the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on January 02, 2022 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Vikings were eliminated from playoff contention Sunday night, after being blown out by the Green Bay Packers, 37-10. The Vikings were short of a starting quarterback, after Kirk Cousins was added to the COVID-19 list just days before the game. Cousins absence was quite obvious to fans and viewers watching the game, as the Vikings only recorded 206 yards of total offense.


Green Bay would receive the opening kick, and take the lead early on a Mason Crosby field goal. All to the help of Davante Adams who had two nice grabs to lead the Packers down field. Both teams would then punt back and forth, until Crosby kicked another field goal to put the Pack up by 6. Allen Lazard would score the first touchdown of the game, as he wrestled for the ball with Vikings corner back Kris Boyd in the back of the end zone. Minutes later, Adams would record his 11th touchdown of the year, and putting Green Bay up by 20. Greg Joseph would end the shutout for the Vikings, by hitting a 51 yard field goal just at half time.

Coming out of half time, things didn’t change for Minnesota, nor Green Bay. The Packers kept pushing up field and would add another score from AJ Dillon to make it 27-3. Crosby would then add another FG to make it 30-3. Seemingly the best play of the night for Vikings fans. Sean Mannion would throw a suicide pass to tight end Tyler Conklin. And the ball would get knocked up in the air, and into hands of center Garret Bradbury. Recreating Franco Harris’s immaculate reception.

Following the crazy play, Minnesota would finally score a touchdown from K.J. Osborn. Making it 30-10, and marking Mannion’s first career touchdown pass. Dillon and the Packers would add one more before the pain and suffering would end for Vikings fans. With the final score being 37-10.


The hot seat gets even hotter for Mike Zimmer, after Minnesota finally gets knocked out of playoff contention. It has been one hell of a season for the Vikings with many controversial losses on last minute field goals, and touchdowns. The big question looms, on why Mike Zimmer chose to start Sean Mannion, over rookie Kellen Mond who was drafted in the 3rd round in last year’s draft. And it will continue to loom on Zimmer’s approach to next week’s meaningless Week 18 matchup against the Bears at home. With every move of his being closely watched by GM Rick Spielman, as he has a big decision to make on Zimmer before next year. And there is one big answer that Vikings fans could answer with instantly, and it’s he has got to go.

What’s Next


Now being out of the running for the playoffs, The Vikings will most likely start players who haven’t started all season. They will also try to win the last game of the season to refrain from having a losing season, and finishing the season off strong with a record of .500.

Green Bay

With the win over Minnesota, The Packers have officially clinched the top seed in the NFC. Meaning that they get the only bye in the NFC, for the first round of the playoffs. They still have to travel to Detroit to finish off the regular season, giving the starters a rest, and the backups a chance to play.

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