GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Christian Ponder was out, and backup Joe Webb was in at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings.

Ponder was inactive for Minnesota's wild-card playoff game against Green Bay on Saturday night because of a right elbow injury, a pre-kickoff surprise that didn't deter the Packers in a 24-10 victory over the Vikings.

Webb was 11 of 30 for 180 yards with a late 50-yard touchdown pass to Michael Jenkins and an interception and added 68 yards rushing in the loss.

Ponder was hurt when the teams played each other last Sunday, when Packers safety Morgan Burnett delivered a jarring hit on a blitz. Ponder finished the game with a career-high 120.2 passer rating and three touchdowns in the 37-34 win.

But his participation in practice this week was limited and Webb took many of the turns with the first-team offense. Ponder was listed as questionable on the injury report, and took only about a dozen soft, short throws in early warm-ups.

After the game, Ponder said his injury was more in the triceps muscle, describing the problem as a deep bruise.

"The biggest thing is the loss of flexibility. I couldn't get the ball in the position to where I could throw it normally and lost a lot of power and everything. It wouldn't have been wise to play," he said.

Webb was on the field getting loose for about an hour, well before the team gathered for drills. He was even playing around and kicking field goals with third-stringer McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who was on the active list for the first time this season.

This was Webb's first start of the season. He appeared in one game this year, for a kneel-down and a couple of handoffs at the end of a blowout win over Tennessee. He had three starts over his first two NFL seasons, the first coming at Philadelphia on Dec. 28, 2010. The Vikings beat the playoff-bound Eagles that night 24-14, and Webb passed for 195 yards and ran for a touchdown.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound sixth-round draft pick from Alabama-Birmingham is athletic enough to play wide receiver, where he made one start in 2011 for the Vikings and played a whole season as a sophomore.

Ponder had some problems with swelling and tightness in his throwing elbow at Florida State. He twice had fluid drained from the elbow joint during his senior year.

Also inactive for the Vikings were wide receiver Stephen Burton, cornerback Brandon Burton, linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, offensive lineman Troy Kropog, defensive end George Johnson and defensive end D'Aundre Reed.

Defensive end Brian Robison (sprained right shoulder) and cornerback Antoine Winfield (broken right hand) were both active and in the starting lineup.

For the Packers, wide receiver Donald Driver was a healthy scratch.

Green Bay's other inactives were wide receiver Jarrett Boykin; cornerback Davon House; running back James Starks; linebacker Frank Zombo; defensive tackle Jordan Miller; and defensive end Jerel Worthy, who is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. Worthy was hurt at Minnesota last week.

___

___

Loading Slideshow...
  • B.J. Raji

    Green Bay Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji (90) celebrates after an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. Packers won 24-10. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

  • Joe Webb, Aaron Rodgers

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) hugs Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Webb (14) after an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. Packers won 24-10. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

  • Clay Matthews

    Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) celebrates after an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. Packers won 24-10. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

  • Adrian Peterson

    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) walks off the field after an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. Packers won 24-10. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

  • Mike McCarthy, Aaron Rodgers

    Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, left, talks to quarterback Aaron Rodgers during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. Packers won 24-10. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

  • Aaron Rodgers, Erin Henderson

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, right, talks to Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Erin Henderson (50) after an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. Packers won 24-10. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • Brian Robison, Erin Henderson

    Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison, left, talks with teammate Erin Henderson on the sideline during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. Packers won 24-10. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • Aaron Rodgers, Chad Greenway, Christian Ballard

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) gets sacked by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Christian Ballard and outside linebacker Chad Greenway, right, during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. Packers won 24-10. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

  • Jerome Simpson, Tramon Williams

    Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams (38) breaks up a pass intended for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson, left, during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. Packers won 24-10. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

  • Charles Woodson

    Green Bay Packers strong safety Charles Woodson reacts after tackling Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. Packers won 24-10. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

  • Aaron Rodgers, Everson Griffen

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) gets sacked by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, right, during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • Michael Jenkins

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Michael Jenkins (84) scores on a 50-yard touchdown reception during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. Packers won 24-10. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

  • Fans tailgate at Lambeau Field before an NFL wild card playoff football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

  • Fans arrive at Lambeau Field before an NFL wild card playoff football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • Ben Beadling, of Rochester, Minn., is seen before an NFL wild card playoff football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

  • Brad Borchard

    Brad Borchard, of Iron Mountain, Mich., is seen dressed up before an NFL wild card playoff football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

  • Green Bay Packers fans tailgate before an NFL wild card playoff football game between the Packers and the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • Joe Webb

    Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Webb warms up before an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • Aaron Rodgers

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) runs on the field as he warms up before an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

  • Aaron Rodgers

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) warms up before an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • Christian Ponder

    Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder watches from the sideline before an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • Adrian Peterson, Joe Webb

    Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Webb (14) hands off the ball to running back Adrian Peterson (28) during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • Adrian Peterson, Charles Woodson

    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) tries to break a tackily by Green Bay Packers strong safety Charles Woodson (21) during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • Joe Webb, Casey Hayward

    Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Webb (14) runs from Green Bay Packers cornerback Casey Hayward, right, during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

  • Adrian Peterson, B.J. Raji, Ryan Pickett, Brad Jones

    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) is taken down by Green Bay Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji (90), inside linebacker Brad Jones (59) and defensive end Ryan Pickett (79) during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

  • Joe Webb, Dezman Moses

    Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Dezman Moses, right, tackles Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Webb (14) during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

  • Adrian Peterson, Charles Woodson, Sam Shields

    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) is taken down by Green Bay Packers strong safety Charles Woodson (21) and cornerback Sam Shields, right, during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

  • DuJuan Harris, Jamarca Sanford

    Green Bay Packers running back DuJuan Harris (26) tries to break a tackle by Minnesota Vikings strong safety Jamarca Sanford (33) during a touchdown run in the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • DuJuan Harris

    Green Bay Packers running back DuJuan Harris (26) dives into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • DuJuan Harris

    Green Bay Packers running back DuJuan Harris (26) dives into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • Aaron Rodgers

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws a pass during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

  • DuJuan Harris

    Green Bay Packers running back DuJuan Harris (26) runs during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • Joe Webb, Erik Walden

    Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Webb (14) tries to throw the ball away as Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Erik Walden (93) tackles him during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • Aaron Rodgers

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws a pass during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • Fans cheer during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • Adrian Peterson, Joe Webb

    Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Webb (14) hands off the ball to running back Adrian Peterson (28) during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • Aaron Rodgers

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, right, looks to throw a pass during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

  • Joe Webb, Clay Matthews

    Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Webb (14) trips over Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

  • John Kuhn

    Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

  • John Kuhn

    Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

  • John Kuhn

    Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn celebrates with fans after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

  • Harrison Smith, DuJuan Harris

    Green Bay Packers running back DuJuan Harris (26) spins around as he tries to avoid getting tackled by Minnesota Vikings free safety Harrison Smith (22) during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • John Kuhn, Jamarca Sanford

    Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn (30) collides with Minnesota Vikings strong safety Jamarca Sanford (33) as he dives into the end zone for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

  • Joe Webb, Erik Walden, Mike Neal

    Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Erik Walden (93) and defensive tackle Mike Neal (96) tackle Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Webb (14) during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • Adrian Peterson, Dezman Moses, Brad Jones

    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) gets stopped by Green Bay Packers defenders Dezman Moses (54) and Brad Jones (59) during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • John Kuhn, Jamarca Sanford

    Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn (30) collides with Minnesota Vikings strong safety Jamarca Sanford (33) as he dives into the end zone for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

  • Wild Card Playoffs - Minnesota Vikings v Green Bay Packers

    GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 05: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers signals for a touchdown on a run by teamamte running back DuJuan Harris #26 in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Harris was awarded a touchdown after the play was reviewed. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

  • Wild Card Playoffs - Minnesota Vikings v Green Bay Packers

    GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 05: Quarterback Joe Webb #14 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball against inside linebacker Brad Jones #59 of the Green Bay Packers in the first quarter during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

  • Wild Card Playoffs - Minnesota Vikings v Green Bay Packers

    GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 05: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball as he is tackled by strong safety Charles Woodson #21 and cornerback Sam Shields #37 of the Green Bay Packers in the first quarter during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

  • Wild Card Playoffs - Minnesota Vikings v Green Bay Packers

    GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 05: Safety Charles Woodson #21 of the Green Bay Packers reacts in front of quarterback Joe Webb #14 of the Minnesota Vikings after the Packers stop the Vikings on third down forcing a field goal in the first quarter during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)