The Packers needed to burn a couple of timeouts during a touchdown drive that got them on the board in the second quarter and their absence helped the Vikings put seven points on the board before halftime.
Christian Ponder put a duck up for grabs while getting hit by Packers safety Morgan Burnett and the ball landed in wide receiver Jarius Wright’s hands just before hitting the ground. Or so it seemed to the referees, who ruled it a catch. Replay showed the ball hitting the turf, but the Packers were out of timeouts so the Vikings kept the 17-yard gain that kept them moving toward the end zone. Wright scored on a seven-yard pass from Ponder, putting the Vikings up 20-7.
It’s 20-10 at the break after Aaron Rodgers rallied the Pack for a field goal, but it wasn’t a stellar offensive half for the Packers. They gained just 27 yards over their first three possessions and the Vikings have sacked Rodgers twice to help keep the lead they started building right out of the gate.
Adrian Peterson has 91 yards on 17 carries, leaving him 117 yards away from Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record and 11 yards away from a 2,000-yard season on the ground.