GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Aaron Rodgers passed his first test as the Green Bay Packers' new quarterback, throwing for 178 yards and a touchdown and scoring on a game-clinching sneak in a 24-19 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night.
Rodgers got help from the Packers' special teams, running back
Ryan Grant and safety Atari Bigby to beat a bitter division rival
in his first regular-season start, which came in the wake of Brett
Favre's offseason unretirement saga.
Will Blackmon's 76-yard punt return gave Green Bay a 17-6 lead
going into the fourth quarter.
Rodgers was stuffed on his first attempt at a quarterback sneak
but plunged into the end zone on the second try. He emphatically
spiked the ball, then jumped into the stands for a "Lambeau Leap"
as Green Bay took a 24-12 lead with 6:03 remaining.