Vikings shut out Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Case Keenum stopped one last time before heading up the tunnel at Lambeau Field, clapping his hands above his head while Minnesota fans chanted “Skol! Skol!”

The Vikings — especially their defense — felt right at home Saturday in Titletown.

A 16-0 win over the Green Bay Packers gave Minnesota its first shut­out in nearly a quarter-century and kept the NFC North champions in the hunt for a first-round playoff bye.

Stefon Diggs caught a 4-yard pass from Keenum in the first quarter for the game’s only touchdown, and Kai Forbath kicked a pair of second-half field goals for the Vikings (12-3), who can secure a bye if the Carolina Panthers lose or tie today against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“Defense played absolutely incredible today, and we did enough. It doesn’t matter how, it matters how many,” said Keenum, who completed 14 of 25 passes for 139 yards.

The Vikings forced an incompletion into the end zone on fourth-and-4 from the 14-yard line early in the fourth quarter to turn away the Packers’ last effort to cross the goal line. Harrison Smith ended another Green Bay drive with an interception at the Minnesota 5 late in the second quarter.

Minnesota recorded its first shutout since beating the Detroit Lions 13-0 on Dec. 5, 1993.

The Packers (7-8) were shut out twice in a season for the first time since 2006.

“I never felt more defeated, more embarrassed by a performance,” said Green Bay receiver Randall Cobb. “Yeah, we had opportunities, and we didn’t connect when we did.”

The Packers’ Brett Hundley completed 17 of 40 passes for 130 yards with two interceptions in taking over at quarterback again for Aaron Rodgers, who returned to injured reserve this week after missing seven games earlier in the year because of a collarbone injury.

Green Bay lost wideout Jordy Nelson and tight end Richard Rodgers to shoulder injuries in the first half.

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Minnesota 10 0 3 3–16

Green Bay 0 0 0 0– 0

First Quarter

Min–FG Forbath 49, 8:28.

Min–Diggs 4 pass from Keenum (Forbath kick), :56.

Third Quarter

Min–FG Forbath 20, 1:20.

Fourth Quarter

Min–FG Forbath 27, 2:56.

A–78,092.

Min GB

First downs 15 12

Total Net Yards 236 239

Rushes-yards 33-112 24-113

Passing 124 126

Punt Returns 1-11 3-29

Kickoff Returns 1-22 5-96

Interceptions Ret. 2-17 0-0

Comp-Att-Int 14-25-0 17-40-2

Sacked-Yards Lost 3-15 1-4

Punts 7-39.6 6-38.5

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0

Penalties-Yards 2-10 6-79

Time of Possession 31:37 28:23

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–Minnesota, Murray 21-69, McKinnon 7-42, Diggs 1-3, Keenum 4-(minus 2). Green Bay, Williams 15-58, Hundley 5-48, A.Jones 3-13, Cobb 1-(minus 6).

PASSING–Minnesota, Keenum 14-25-0-139. Green Bay, Hundley 17-40-2-130.

RECEIVING–Minnesota, Diggs 5-60, Morgan 2-26, Thielen 2-24, McKinnon 1-9, Wright 1-8, Rudolph 1-6, Murray 1-6, Floyd 1-0. Green Bay, L.Kendricks 4-36, Cobb 4-22, M.Clark 3-36, Nelson 3-11, Janis 1-12, Allison 1-9, Ripkowski 1-4.

MISSED FIELD GOALS–None.

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