5. CLAY MATTHEWS’ STRIP-SACK OF MIN­NESOTA’S SAM BRAD­FORD

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Pack­ers 38, Vik­ings 25; Dec. 24 at Lam­beau Field Nurs­ing an in­jured shoul­der, the six-time Pro Bowl line­backer was lim­ited in the last seven games of the sea­son, play­ing through pain. In a must-win game against di­vi­sion ri­val Min­nesota, Matthews made a game-chang­ing play with one minute left in the sec­ond quar­ter and Green Bay cling­ing to a 21-13 lead. Lined up far right, he sim­ply blew around Vik­ings left tackle T.J. Clem­mings and had a free shot on Brad­ford from his blind side. Matthews blasted the Min­nesota QB in the back as he was set to throw. The ball popped out and was re­cov­ered on the turf by de­fen­sive line­man Mike Daniels. “That’s No. 52 do­ing what he does best,” Fox an­nouncer Joe Buck said.

RICK WOOD / MIL­WAU­KEE JOUR­NAL SEN­TINEL

Pack­ers line­backer Clay Matthews jars the ball loose from Vik­ings quar­ter­back Sam Brad­ford on a sack. The ball was re­cov­ered by the Pack­ers’ Mike Daniels.

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