Larrivee: Burnett interceptions saved day for Packers

CREATED Dec 3, 2012

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GREEN BAY - The Minnesota Vikings were ready to put the Green Bay Packers against a proverbial wall with a big score at the start of the second half during their game Sunday.

Then, Morgan Burnett saved the day with the first of two critical third-quarter interceptions that led to the Packers' 23-14 win over the Vikings.

"The tide had been turned," said Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Voice of the Packers Wayne Larrivee on "Wisconsin's Morning News."

"The first one was a red zone turnover, and it really turned the game around.  That was after Mason Crosby had missed a field goal right before halftime.  The Vikings were getting the ball at the start of the second half, and Mason pulls the kickoff out of bounds.  The Vikings have it at the 40, (followed by) a 48-yard run by Peterson, they're inside the 10, and then Ponder made the throw...Burnett picked it off, and that took the air out of the sails out of the Vikings."

With that win, the Packers advance to an 8-4 record, tied for first place in the NFC North, all despite an injury-plagued season.

However, Larrivee warns that there are dramatic differences between a similarly injury-riddled 2010 Super Bowl championship team and this squad.

"People keep telling me it's 2010, and I keep telling them, 'No, it's not.'  By this time in 2010, the injuries had stopped.  They continue (this year).  You get Greg Jennings back, and three or four plays later, Jordy Nelson's out for who knows how long."