Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
FINAL SCORE: 33-27 Packers
The Green Bay Packers are set to take on the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis on Sunday in the 101st matchup of the two teams. The lone undefeated team left in the NFL, the Packers look to advance to a perfect 7-0. On the other side, the Vikings are looking to get their second win of the season and are hoping to regain some momentum for the remainder of the year.
The game will feature the starting debut of Vikings' rookie quarterback Christian Ponder after replacing Donovan McNabb last week against the Chicago Bears. Ponder will certainly face a huge test in his first start against the league's top team.
Meanwhile, the Packers look to cruise through the Vikings and notch another win on their march towards the playoffs behind the strong, consistent arm of Aaron Rodgers.
In previous years, playing in Minnesota would mean playing in a house of horrors. With Rodgers at the helm, the Packers now welcome the opportunity to play indoors and utilize their lethal passing game to perfection.
The Packers are coming off a 24-3 victory over the lowly St. Louis Rams in which the Packers had a fairly flat second half going scoreless. In a prime time Sunday Night game with much of the nation watching, the Vikings stumbled in embarrassing fashion against the rival Chicago Bears.
Next week, the Vikings travel down to Carolina to face Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers before getting their bye in Week 9.
The Packers escape to 7-0 going into their bye week and the Vikings fall to 1-6 on the season. While the numbers didn't look great for Ponder, the Vikings have surely found their quarterback of the future. Ponder made big time throws when his team needed them.
Rodgers continued his MVP campaign with a ridiculous statline of 24/30, 335 yards, and 3 TDs for a QB rating of 146.5. Ponder played much better than his stats suggest going 13/32 for 219 yards while throwing two touchdowns and two interceptions.
The Packers will use the bye week to get healthier and work out some details as they have failed to put together a complete game on offense and defense. The Vikings will look to build on the success of Ponder as they travel to take on the Carolina Panthers.
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Starks comes up big for the Packers and they will improve to 7-0. It wasn't easy, but a couple kneeldowns and this game is over.
Starks huge conversion on second down to give the Packers a first down with 2:05 remaining. The Vikings are out of timeouts and another first down wins the game.
Starks picks up 15 yards on first down. Vikings burn a timeout.
Incomplete pass. Vikings are going to punt after the offense hesisitated to get off the field. The Packers take over at their own 20-yard line with 2:30 to go. The Vikings have the two-minute warning and all three of their timeouts remaining.
Another big 3rd-and-10 for the Vikings at their 36 yard line.
Ponder completes a beautiful pass to Camarillo to conver the third down. Under three minutes left.
The Packers are forced to use their final timeout of the ball game. A huge 3rd-and-10 upcoming for Ponder and the Vikings.
Peterson is back in the game with a slight limp.
Packers fall to 1-for-7 on third downs this game and are forced to punt. The Vikings get the ball with a chance for the go ahead score. Jarrett Bush makes a great play to get to the punt and the ball is downed inside the five.
Driver catches his first pass of the day. Huge third down for the Packers coming up.
Touchdown Vikings. Ponder hits Jenkins for a 24-yarder. Showing incredible poise, Ponder has put his team in a position to be competitive down the stretch. The Packers need Rodgers to answer the call up 33-27.
Peterson limping heavily. He wanted to stay in the game, but hobbled off. Ponder gets a huge completion on third down again as he was wrecked by Matthews who was flagged for roughing the passer. Vikings in business inside the Packers' 25 yard line.
Vikings driving with a big third down conversion and another first down on a scramble from Ponder. Ball is just short of midfield for the Vikes.
The Vikings get a huge stop behind two incompletions from Rodgers. Before that drive, he had only thrown three the whole game. Nice return, but a penalty backs the Vikings up inside the 20. The Vikings have a shot to really jump back into the game with a score on this drive.
Jarrett Bush had great coverage on Michael Jenkins and had a shot at an interception, but was pushed out of the way by Jenkins at the last moment. Vikings bring on Longwell for the 46-yard field goal. The Packers remain in control 33-20.
We have reached the fourth quarter here. Peterson ends the third with the Vikings best play of the second half carrying the ball for 54 yards. The Vikings need to score a touchdown on this drive to get back into the game. If not, it is looking like this game is over.
Mason Crosby hits a career-long 58 yard field goal. He has hit his last 20 attempts. Packers up 33-17 and have now dropped 20 points in the quarter.
Woodson again picks off Ponder and bows to the crowd following the play. A nice return gives the Packers the ball at the Vikings 35.
Packers can't get into the end zone following a 1st-and-goal from the 5-yard line as they settle for a Mason Crosby field goal. The Packers are pouring it on the Vikings beyond the perfect quarterback play of Rodgers. The Vikings are not completely out of this game just yet, but if they fail to score soon, the Packers will remain undefeated.
Packers fans making themselves heard on the road. Kuhn carries the ball, and the KUUUUUUHN breaks out.
That's not a good call and bails out the Packers.
The rookie is intercepted by Charles Woodson. Things have gone from bad to nightmare in this third quarter for the Vikings. If things continue how they are going, it will be another loss in which the Vikings led at halftime.
Rodgers so far:
20/23 305 yards 3 TDs 158.3 QB Rating.
Scary. Of the three incompletions, two were dropped and the other was a spike to stop the clock.
Touchdown Packers. The Pack is back with a touchdown pass from Rodgers to Jermichael Finley in the back of the end zone. Things are falling apart quickly for the Vikings. They need to figure out a way to get things going as they trail by 10 all of a sudden. 27-17 Packers
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