The Green Bay Packers did what they had to do Sunday: beat an inferior team on the road.
In weather befitting Lambeau Field, the Packers notched their ninth victory of the season as Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes in a 30-13 triumph at snowy MetLife Stadium.
Green Bay, 9-3, and Packer Nation will be watching tonight to see if the 8-3 Minnesota Vikings can stumble tonight in Seattle against a veteran Seahawks team led by Russell Wilson.
Green Bay rebounded from a miserable performance on the West Coast in a blow-out loss to the 49ers the week by starting fast on the East Coast, as Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense scored on its first three possessions of the game.
On a day running backs Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams combined for just 59 total yards, Rodgers stepped up his game, spreading the ball to seven different receivers and throwing four touchdowns.
“I loved those conditions,” Rodgers said in his post-game press conference. “When those big flakes were falling down, I felt pretty good about our chances. . .
“We feel like we should win a game like that against that opponent. They’ve been struggling this season. You still have to go out and execute. They get paid too. There’s a lot of pride on that football team and a lot of good players. It was important for us to get a good road victory in a game that you all expect us to win, and that we expect to win.”
He completed 21 of 33 passes in the snow for 243 yards with no interceptions, and also ran the ball three times for 24 yards. Rodgers bookended his performance with two first-quarter touchdown passes (8, 37 yards) and two in the fourth (17 and 1 yards).
His third touchdown pass broke open the game for a 24-13 lead and was vintage Rodgers, as he caught the Giants with too many men on the field and not aligned in the secondary on his 17-yard strike to Davante Adams just 38 seconds into the final stanza.
The Packers defense harassed Jones throughout the game, with Za’Darius Smith recording five quarterback hits, and limited Saquon Barkley to just 83 yards rushing.
Green Bay also won the turnover battle 3-0, thanks to interceptions of New York rookie quarterback Daniel Jones by Packers defenders that led to 10 points.
Cornerback Kevin King picked off Jones in the first quarter and Rodgers capitalized with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Allen Lazard for a 14-7 lead. Safety Darnell Savage intercepted a poor throw by Jones early in the second quarter and Mason Crosby blasted a 47-yard field for a 17-7 cushion.
Cornerback Tramon Williams snared the third interception in the fourth quarter.
Punter JK Scott has had a rough stretch the past month, but rebounded with three punts for a sterling 46.7 average on three punts in less than ideal conditions for kicking. Scott saved his best for last, landing an Aussie-style punt that was downed on New York’s 6-yard line.