Packers dominate Vikings in 30-13 victory
From Brian Murphy, Pioneer Planet
Mason Crosby kicked five field goals, and Aaron Rodgers threw a pair of touchdown passes, including the backbreaker on the first play of the fourth quarter, as the Packers rolled Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.
Kyle Rudolph caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Teddy Bridgewater — a career long for both — as the Vikings took a brief 6-3 first-quarter lead.
Adrian Peterson scored on a 6-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to slice the deficit to 19-13. However, Rodgers delivered a clutch third-down, 27-yard touchdown pass to James Jones early in the fourth to seal the win.
Crosby kicked field goals of 52, 42, 40, 47 and 47 yards. Rodgers also connected with Randall Cobb on a 10-yard touchdown pass.
The surging Vikings (7-3) squandered an opportunity to open a two-game division lead on the reeling Packers (7-3), who snapped a three-game losing skid and snuffed Minnesota’s five-game winning streak to forge a tie atop the NFC North.
The Vikings were uncharacteristically undisciplined and sloppy in losing at home for the first time this season. Eight penalties for 110 yards, including four called on its overmatched offensive line, as the Packers sacked Bridgewater six times and kept him under duress. Peterson fumbled as he approached the red zone early in the fourth quarter.
Bridgewater had gaudier stats (24 of 36, 296 yards) but Rodgers (16 of 34, 212 yards) outplayed his young counterpart.
Bridgewater was briefly knocked out of the game late in the second quarter with a left shoulder injury.
Peterson finished with a pedestrian 45 yards on 13 carries but still eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing in a season for the seventh time.
Blair Walsh missed his fourth extra point attempt of 2015 after Rudolph’s touchdown.
Rodgers and Randall Cobb were not on the same page most of the game.
The speedster WR Jeff Janis was a factor both as a return guy and a receiver.
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