Add another item to the list of confounding and disappointing events to the Vikings 2010 season because the Green Bay Packers marched into Mall of America Field on Sunday and promptly dismantled the Vikings, winning 31-3 in convincing fashion and dealing a crippling blow to playoff hopes that remained for the Vikings entering the afternoon.
The Vikings opened the scoring with a 1st-quarter Ryan Longwell FG and took that 3-0 lead into the 2nd quarter. But from there it was all Green Bay Packers, as they virtually abandoned the running game and passed their way through the Vikings defense to 31 points. The Vikings offense didn’t have an answer and managed only 300 yards of total offense and zero points after the early FG.
Green Bay WR Greg Jennings had quite the day, hauling in 7 receptions for 152 yards and 3 TDs, while fellow WR James Jones tallied the other Packers TD. QB Aaron Rodgers was 22 of 31 for 301 yards, 4 TDs and 0 INTs, which adds up to a pristine 141.3 passer rating.
For the Vikings, QB Brett Favre was 17 of 38 for 208 yards with 0 TDs and 1 INT. RB Adrian Peterson had 72 rushing yards on 14 carries and Percy Harvin recorded 18 rushing yards on 2 tries. Harvin also added 2 receptions for 12 yards. The Vikings leading receiver was Sidney Rice, who returned from the PUP list and hauled in 3 receptions for 56 yards.
The loss is the Vikings 2nd in a row and it drops them to 3-7, a seemingly insurmountable 4 games behind both the Packers and Chicago Bears in the NFC North standings.
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