The Green Bay Packers chewed up nearly the entire fourth quarter during an 11-minute drive that put a dagger in Minnesota's chances in winning at Lambeau Field.
Blair Walsh missed wide right on a 42-yard field goal attempt that would have kept Minnesota in the game.
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Green Bay Packers 23 Minnesota Vikings 14
Mason Crosby converts from 31-yards out to extend the Packers lead to nine points. Aaron Rodgers was four for four on third down conversions until they settled for field position on third and goal from the Vikings' 16-yard line. The Packers chewed up 11 minutes of clock on the longest sustained drive in the NFL this season.
On the bright side for the Vikings, Christian Ponder couldn't do anything wrong for 11 minutes.
Third Quarter Score:
Green Bay Packers 20 Minnesota Vikings 14
The Minnesota Vikings complete ineptitude on offense (Adrian Peterson excepted), is coming back to haunt them. The Packers get a short field to work with after a poor punt by Chris Kluwe and the Packers march down the field and James Starks finishes off the drive with a 22-yard touchdown run around the right side of Minnesota's defense.
Minnesota Vikings 14 Green Bay Packers 13
Mason Crosby's personal roller-coaster ride smooths out a big as Crosby hits from 47-yard to pull Packers to within a point of the Vikings halfway through the 3rd quarter. Crosby has made just nine of his last 18 field goal attempts.
Minnesota Vikings 14 Green Bay Packers 10
It always helps to have Adrian Peterson on your side.
The Vikings MVP candidate just exploded through the Packers defense on what should have been a short gain to right side. Peterson tore through a couple of would-be tacklers and then set sail down the sidelines and nobody was going to catch him.
The 82-yard touchdown was the longest of Peterson's career and gives the Vikings their first lead of the afternoon.
Green Bay Packers 10 Minnesota Vikings 7
Christian Ponder caps off an excellent 14-play drive by hitting Kyle Rudolph with a 7-yard touchdown pass for a crucial score for Minnesota.
Rudolph already has four catches and a touchdown for the Vikings.
First Quarter Score:
Green Bay Packers 10 Minnesota Vikings 0
The Vikings offense was apparently on the field, but I blinked and missed it. Aaron Rodgers led the Packers down the field for the second straight possession, this one ending in a Mason Crosby 30-yard field goal that hit the left upright before falling through.
Green Bay Packers 7 Minnesota Vikings 0
Things are underway at Lambeau Field and before you can say "uphill battle," the Vikings are down a quick touchdown.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers used his second "free play" of the drive to throw a 32-yard dart of a touchdown to James Jones to get the Packers out to an early lead.
The Packers have come out in the no-huddle set up for much of the first drive and Rodgers used a hard count twice to draw the Vikings front offsides, including the touchdown throw to Jones. Vikings' A.J. Jefferson was right with Jones in the end zone, but Jones simply plucked the ball from Jefferson for the touchdown.
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