Final: Packers 44, Vikings 31
The score is no indication as to how badly the Green Bay Packers dominated the Minnesota Vikings.
Two late touchdowns for the Vikings after only six plays in the third quarter, came far too late.
Aaron Rodgers completed 24-of-29 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns, as the Packers' offense scored on seven of eight drives in the game. Both of Rodgers touchdowns went to Jordy Nelson, who finished with seven catches for 123 yards.
The Packers also got rushing touchdowns from Eddie Lacy and James Starks. Lacy finished with 94 yards on 29 carries with a one-yard touchdown run, and Starks had a 25-yard touchdown run. He finished with 57 yards on seven carries.
Micah Hyde added a 93-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter that helped the Packers to a 24-17 halftime lead.
The only drive the Packers didn't score was the last one of the game as Rodgers took a knee to end the massacre.
The Packers converted 13-of-18 third downs, and two-of-two on fourth downs as they dominated the time of possession 40:54 to 19:06.
The Vikings took an early lead when Cordarrelle Patterson opened the game with a 109-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. It was the second this season for the rookie.
Adrian Peterson looked good in the first half, but once the Packers pulled away, the Vikings pulled him from the game. He finished with 60 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown.
Toby Gerhart and Christian Ponder rushed for fourth-quarter touchdowns on runs of 13 yard and 19 yards. It was the only carry for Gerhart in relief of Peterson.
If Ponder had any hopes of earning back the starting job they sailed about as bad as some of his passes. He completed 14-of-21 passes for 145 yards. On the positive note he did not throw an interception.
The loss drops the Vikings to 1-6, while the win keeps Green Bay in first place of the NFC North at 5-2.
The Packers will host the Bears next week in another divisional matchup and the Vikings will travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys.
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