That will be the case next week in Minnesota as well. Unlike last year, when the 14-1 Packers had sewn up the No. 1 seed and had nothing to play for in the regular-season finale against Detroit, they’ll have ample motivation: Not only can they earn a bye week and No. 2 seed, they can also keep the Vikings out of the playoffs, depending on how other games play out. While it won’t be easy – Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who went off for 210 yards on Dec. 2 against the Packers, needs 208 to break the NFL single-season rushing record – the Packers have to like their chances given the way they’re playing.

“We're playing good right now. We’ve strung some wins together. This was a good team effort,” Rodgers said. “We’ve got to be playing like this heading into playoffs. It’s nice to get a win like this, and now we’ve got a tough one in Minnesota next week.”

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