Packers vs. Vikings: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
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.
Final: Packer 44, Vikings 31
Don't let the final score fool you—this game was not that close. The Packers dominated the entire game.
They beat the Vikings by running the football as well as passing it. They had no problem moving down the field as they converted 13-of-18 third downs.
The Vikings defense just could not come up with a stop the entire game. Packers' punter Tim Masthay was limited to holding on five PATs and three field goals, as he didn't punt a single time in the game.
This game really demonstrated how much these two teams are moving in the opposite direction.
It could be even more of a slaughter when these two teams meet in Green Bay in Week 12.
2:00 left in the game: What a performance for Aaron Rodgers. He will most likely finish the game completing 24-of-29 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns.
Each and every drive for the Packers resulted in points.
4:00 left in the game: If this was Pee Wee Football the mercy rule would be in effect and the clock wouldn't stop for the rest of the game.
Instead Aaron Rodgers is still driving the Packers down the field.
6:10 left in the game: The Vikings have only run six plays on offense in the second half.
Eddie Lacy has out rushed Adrian Peterson 94 yards to 60 yards.
It's mop up time and Peterson is out of the game.
12:59 left in the game: Two drives in the second half, and the Vikings have a total of six plays on offense.
The boos are starting to fly in the Metrodome.
0:20 left in the third quarter: Myles White just made Chris Cook look silly—I mean a whole lot sillier than he has all season.
With five catches in the game, White now has six for the season. Where does Green Bay keep finding these guys?
2:40 left in the third quarter: 3rd-and-16 for the Packers is not a problem as Aaron Rodgers continues his dominance and completes a pass for 17 yards.
That's 4-for-5 on third downs in the second half.
5:20 left in the third quarter: Christian Ponder just hold onto the ball too long. He needs to be more decisive.
Standing too long in the pocket resulted in a sack, and gives the ball back to the Packers. The Vikings needed to get some points out of that drive.
If the Packers score again, this game is as good as over.
10:27 left in the third quarter: The Vikings have stopped the Packers twice on third down only to have them convert on fourth down.
There's a good chance Tim Masthay doesn't get to punt in this game.
13:11 left in the third quarter: The Packers open the second half by gaining 40 yards on their first five plays.
Halftime: The game started out with a bang when Cordarrelle Patterson opened the game with a 109-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
The Packers took their time answering with a touchdown to Jordy Nelson to tie the score at seven after one quarter.
Things really got cranked up as the teams combined for 27 points in the second quarter.
The Vikings cannot let this game become a track meet, otherwise the blowout will be in place.
0:16 left in the second half: The Vikings get a gift from the officials on a phantom pass interference call to give the Vikings the ball on the 14-yard line.
Good acting by Greg Jennings.
Two of Aaron Rodgers' throws tonight alone are among the five best passes of any QB this entire season.— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) October 28, 2013
I have to agree...
3:38 left in the second quarter: A long touchdown by Jordy Nelson, his second of the game.
He take the pass and goes 76 yards—no taunting or holding the ball back towards the defense.
He just scores the touchdown. What a class act.
6:15 left in the second quarter: The Vikings attempt to be creative backfires. With Joe Webb in as quarterback, Brandon Fusco jumps the gun.
Did I say this offense is not on the same page?
7:43 left in the second quarter: It's so obvious that the Vikings offense is not on the same page.
Greg Jennings is running the slant, and Christian Ponder is throwing the screen—ugly.
9:10 left in the second quarter: If only Adrian Peterson faced the Packers defense every week.
He already has more yards in this game than last week with 33 yards on five carries.
13:00 left in the second quarter: The Vikings finally stop the Packers on third down after converting seven straight. With the ball on the 35-yard line, Mike McCarthy is thinking about going for it on fourth down.
Which coach is most on the hot seat?
The result is a first down.
End of the first quarter: The score may be tied, but it's not that close. The Packers have converted all six of their third downs and had the ball for 11:10 of the quarter.
They must be taking their time and keeping it close to keep people from turning to the baseball game.
4:04 left in the first quarter: Vikings punt on 4th-and-1 from the 33-yard line—why?
Whether the Packers get the ball at the Vikings' 33-yard line or their own 17-yard line, the result will be the same.
Leslie Frazier needs to coach like he's trying to save his job. What does he have to lose?
6:25 left in the first quarter: Adrian Peterson is starting out better than he has in a long time—two rushed for 12 yards.
That should be the plan for the Vikings—run Peterson until he cannot run anymore.
7:16 left in the first quarter: The Packers are struggling to run the ball, but not passing it. Aaron Rodgers completed 6-of-7 passes and is having his way with the Vikings secondary.
13:45 left in the first quarter: The Packers open the game by toying with the Vikings with two straight runs before Aaron Rodgers decides to start picking on the Vikings.
14:47 left in the first quarter: Wow, the Vikings draw first blood on rookie Cordarrelle Patterson's second return for a touchdown this season.
Will the Metrodome be louder for the Vikings or the Packers?
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