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Takeaways Loom Large In Packers Win over Vikings

October 25, 2010 by  
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Oct 25, 2010 ~ by Tom Fanning, Packers.com

After Green Bay’s defense got off to a fast start, the Vikings began to find their stride offensively on the way to 17 first-half points. But a pair of third-quarter takeaways by the Packers over a four-minute span changed that.

Green Bay forced three-and-outs on the Vikings’ first two possessions on Sunday night, but Minnesota started to find its rhythm after that. Quarterback Brett Favre led Minnesota’s offense as it converted four of its final five third-down opportunities in the first half on the way to a three-point lead at the break.

The Packers began the second half with a three-and-out of their own, and Favre quickly led Minnesota’s offense out to midfield on three plays. Facing a third-and-4, at the 50, linebacker Brad Jones got pressure on Favre, putting a hit on the veteran signal-caller as he threw a short pass over the middle intended for wide receiver Bernard Berrian. But linebacker A.J. Hawk was there to make the interception, which he returned 21 yards to the Minnesota 41.

Hawk: “I actually had one of the easier jobs on that play, just to wait basically for a receiver to come back. Berrian came back and then got across my face and then Brad hit him and made him throw the ball behind the receiver.”

 “They had kind of a different formation lined up against us,” Hawk said. “They had four guys to one side of the ball, and when you do that you are always going to have one or two guys coming back. So I was one of the inside guys.

“I actually had one of the easier jobs on that play, just to wait basically for a receiver to come back. Berrian came back and then got across my face and then Brad hit him and made him throw the ball behind the receiver.”

The Packers quickly took advantage of the field position, with quarterback Aaron Rodgers connecting with wide receiver James Jones on a 17-yard pass over the middle to convert a third-and-5. Two plays later, Rodgers found wide receiver Greg Jennings for a 14-yard score to give Green Bay the 21-17 lead.

But the defense wasn’t done, and once again it was a linebacker coming up with the big play. Just two plays later on second-and-6 at Minnesota’s 25, Favre pump faked to avoid pressure before taking a hit from rookie defensive end C.J. Wilson on a pass thrown to wide receiver Randy Moss. The pass went into the waiting arms of linebacker Desmond Bishop right in front of Moss, and Bishop easily returned his first career interception 32 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown.

Packers' linebacker Desmond Bishop gets ready to take off into the crowd on his Lambeau Leap following his touchdown from his interception of Brett Favre.

“I had coverage on Moss, so I was thinking, ‘Oh, man,’” Bishop said. “I just played out my technique, stayed poised, and he did a route that I had seen in film over and over so I just naturally reacted to it when he broke out. I looked back at Favre and he pumped. I knew he wanted to go there. Then he started feeling a little bit of pressure.

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