Packers vs. Vikings: Takeaways from Minnesota's 44-31 Loss to Green Bay

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Packers vs. Vikings: Takeaways from Minnesota's 44-31 Loss to Green Bay

It was the Aaron Rodgers-Jordy Nelson show Sunday night in the Metrodome as the Green Bay Packers scored on every drive except the last one, when Rodgers took a knee to end the game. 

Rodgers completed 24 of 29 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns. Nelson caught seven of those passes for 123 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

The Vikings only ran three plays in the third quarter as Rodgers led the Packer's on a 15-play scoring drive that lasted 8:10. Their second scoring drive in the second half took nine plays and another 5:32 as they scored early in the fourth.

The Vikings scored first when Cordarrelle Patterson took the opening kickoff 109 yards for the touchdown. It was his second of the season and gave the Vikings some early hope.

The Vikings were only down 24-17 at halftime but could not generate any offense until the Packers had built a 41-17 lead with just under six minutes left in the game.

Christian Ponder finished 14-of-21 passing for 145 yards. On a positive note, he did not turn the ball over.

Adrian Peterson failed to rush for a 100 yards in the game again. He had 60 yards on 13 carries.

The loss drops the Vikings to 1-6 with a trip to Dallas to play the Cowboys next week.

Here are some of the painful takeaways from this game.  

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