MINNEAPOLIS, MN (WSAU) - Minnesota took advantage of a nearly perfect first quarter and the running of Adrian Peterson enroute to their home victory over the Green Bay Packers, 37-34.
The Packers managed to tie the Vikings but never had the lead in this game. Christian Ponder threw three touchdown passes, including one to Peterson. For a player that’s run his way to the end zone several times, it was Peterson’s first touchdown catch of the season. Peterson finished the game nine yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson’s NFL single season rushing record on the one year anniversary of his ACL surgery.
The Vikings wound the clock down late in the game with the score tied at 34 each, having confidence in rookie kicker Blair Walsh to make the game winning field goal as time expired, which he did.
Green Bay’s loss drops them from the second seed in the playoffs to the third seed behind San Francisco. The Vikings win gives them the sixth seed and also eliminates Chicago’s hope of making the playoffs. This also forces a Vikings against Packers rematch next week at Lambeau Field. If the Packers would have won, they would have earned a bye next week.
Aaron Rodgers was 28 of 40 in passing and four touchdowns. He had one turnover with a forced fumble before a passing attempt. The Vikings capitalized with a touchdown after taking the ball away.