"We know that if we get open or if they play the right coverage, we're going to get the ball". Head coach Mike McCarthy said Perry, who leads the team with eight sacks but has missed the last two games, will be involved in the team's light workout Friday before the game Saturday against the Vikings. Her children were visiting the other side of their family that day, so she opted for the VFW instead of staying home. Afterall, Zimmer is the one getting paid to see those things and make such adjustments.
When Rhodes was eventually confronted by Zimmer on the sideline, he explained the hard decision he faced: Listen to his coach or Newman, a respected leader of Minnesota's defense.
"When I talked to him, I don't think he really felt like that's what he meant to say".
Newman declined to comment on the issue saying simply, "Nothing. The whole thing was blown out of proportion". On the other, in the final half-minute of the first half, Crosby hit a short, high ball that one of the wedge blockers, tight end David Morgan, returned only to the Vikings' 29.
Not coincidentally, Nelson had seven catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and just two catches for nine yards after that with Rhodes exclusively covering him. We didn't cover anybody, especially in the first half.
But suddenly on Saturday, the Minnesota Vikings decided they would do what they want.
Zimmer's game plan called for cornerback Xavier Rhodes to shadow Nelson, but in the first half, Rhodes, Terence Newman and Captain Munnerlyn all covered Nelson. The Vikings' defense seemed like a shell of the unit that had Rodgers confused at US Bank Stadium in week 2. Rhodes, though, earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl this year by shadowing receivers like Odell Beckham Jr., DeAndre Hopkins and Dez Bryant, and he had drawn similar assignments against players like Calvin Johnson and Alshon Jeffery in recent years. They had back-to-back good drives to get points immediately after the Packers scored and were moving to tie the game with a touchdown and two-point conversion just before halftime. "Once I got out to the left, I was looking to throw it and all I saw was the backs of defenders, so I felt like I could run it in there", Rodgers recounted. "We just felt like we should play sides", Rhodes said. "In the beginning, we'd always played against them and played our sides, so that's what we as DBs went with".
On their next drive, the Vikings, with big gains by running back Jerick McKinnon and wide receiver Adam Thielen, drove deep into Packers territory. But in every game since, they've allowed at least 80. We handled it after the first series.
One Vikings' fan from Montana said it doesn't matter who comes out on top, because it's still worth the holiday trip and will be a memory they'll cherish forever.