American Football - NFL-Packers dump Vikings to set up set clash with 49ers

Jan 5 (Reuters) - The Green Bay Packers eased past the Minnesota Vikings and into the second round of the NFL playoffs with a 24-10 home victory on Saturday that sets up a mouthwatering clash with the San Francisco 49ers.


The Vikings were forced to start back-up quarterback Joe Webb, who had not attempted a pass in the regular season, after starter Christian Ponder was ruled out with an elbow injury and that had a big impact on the outcome.

Webb struggled to get the Vikings offense going despite a promising start which resulted in a field goal on Minnesota's first drive.

A nine-yard touchdown run from DuJuan Harris and two touchdowns from full-back John Kuhn, the second on a nine yard pass from Aaron Rodgers, put the contest out of reach. (Reporting By Simon Evans in Miami; Editing by Frank Pingue)

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