As I pointed out in the last game update, the Vikings defense has been looking good early in this Minnesota-Green Bay rivalry, but once again ended up the victims of pivotal big-plays in the Packers favor.
The Packers had the ball at midfield at the 6:11 mark in the 2nd quarter on a critical 3rd down attempt, and QB Aaron Rodgers found WR James Jones open down the Packers sideline for a 39-yard gain down to the Minnesota 11. Two plays later, Rodgers scrambled to buy time and completed an 11-yard TD pass to Greg Jennings, giving the Packers a 10-3 lead.
On the ensuing drive, the Vikings were in the midst of threatening to score at the Packers 41, but Tramon Williams intercepted QB Brett Favre’s pass intended for Percy Harvin and returned it 14 yards to his own 32.
With :58 remaining in the half, Rodgers and Co. went to work and the Packers QB completed 5 of 5 passes for 48 yards and a TD. The scoring play came on a 3-yard completion to Jones, giving the Packers a 17-3 lead heading into halftime.
The Packers will receive the 2nd half kickoff.
Here’s a quick rundown of the Vikings 1st half statistics:
Favre: 8 of 17 for 96 yards and an INT
Peterson: 11 carries for 51 yards and a long of 25
Gerhart: 2 receptions for 29 yards
Rice: 1 reception for 17 yards
Allen and Edwards: 1.0 sack a piece
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