Packers thwart Vikings to set up Week 17 vs. Lions

The Green Bay Packers extended their winning streak to five games with a convincing 38-25 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 16. Here’s what we learned:

1. The white-hot Packers have emerged as the sleeping giant no Super-Bowl hopeful wants to draw in the NFC’s postseason field. Two years ago, Rodgers captured his second career MVP award after his early-season admonition to R-E-L-A-X ignited a torrid three-month stretch. A similar scenario is playing out ever since Rodgers predicted 4-6 Green Bay would “run the table” with six consecutive victories to close out the season. Locked into the zone like his previous MVP campaigns, the most physically gifted quarterback in football put on his most spectacular display of the season with 347 yards, five touchdowns and a 136.6 passer rating. His best throw of the afternoon would have been good for a sixth score had Davante Adams not dropped the pass — Adams’ third botched touchdown in the past two weeks. Rodgers’ tender calf came through with flying colors, as he reached 18.10 mph and covered 47.49 total yards on his meandering 6-yard touchdown scramble, per Next Gen Stats.

2. Now leading the

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