Packers’ Aaron Jones was hit in the face during a postgame fight with the Vikings


He Green Bay Packers defeated the Minnesota Vikings on “Sunday Night Football,” giving the Packers control of their playoff destiny with one week left in the regular season.

Green Bay running back Aaron Jones rushed for 120 yards and quarterback Jordan Love threw for three touchdowns in the 33-10 victory.

Aaron Jones #33 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after a 33-10 win against the Minnesota Vikings at US Bank Stadium on December 31, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

If the Packers can defeat the chicago bears in Week 18, they will get the last wild card in the NFC.

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While Jones was key in Green Bay’s big win, the seventh-year running back also played a role in calming a postgame altercation between the two teams.

The NBC broadcast captured Jones being shot in the face while Vikings cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. and an inactive Packers player exchanged words.

When a push occurred between the two players, Jones caught a loose ball in the face, although it is unclear who made contact with Jones. Jones then pushed Booth away from the skirmish.

“We were going out to shake hands and I saw one of our players interacting with a Vikings player, who had just finished playing, and they got into each other and attacked each other and started pushing each other, so I just tried to reduce the tension, move them to the bench, and after that we were fine,” Jones said in her postgame interview with NBC’s Melissa Stark, according to the New York Post.

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Aaron Jones and Andrew Booth Jr. push each other

December 31, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States; Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (33) and Minnesota Vikings cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. (23) push each other after the game at US Bank Stadium. (Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)

Green Bay jumped on the Vikings in the first half, taking a 23-3 lead into halftime after two first-half turnovers for Minnesota.

The Packers began the season by starting a new era after trading the four-time MVP Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets.

Love became the quarterback of the future after being selected by Green Bay in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft and sitting behind Rodgers for two seasons.

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Jordan Love plays against the Vikings

Jordan Love #10 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after a first down during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at US Bank Stadium on December 31, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

On Sunday, Love completed 24 of 33 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns. On the season, Love completed 63.1% of his passes for 3,843 yards, while throwing 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

“He’s playing at an incredibly high level. I’m very happy for him because he’s worked so hard to get to this point,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said. “I really think the sky is the limit for us. He’s just showing a glimpse of what can ultimately be.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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