The Green Bay Packers couldn’t stop Adrian Peterson, but they were able to capitalize on mistakes from other Vikings players enough to claim a 23-14 win over their border rivals at Lambeau Field on Sunday. Peterson put on a performance to remember, rushing for 210 yards and 1 TD on 21 carries. It came in a losing effort, though, as QB Christian Ponder and the Vikings passing offense continued to sputter.
The Vikings were in a 10-0 hole early in the game, but Peterson single-handedly dug them out by constantly running around, past and through an overmatched Packers defense. Peterson had a TD run of 82 yards and another run of 48 yards on the first play of the 3rd quarter, and for the afternoon he averaged 10 yards per carry. His 82-yard score in the 2nd quarter put the Vikings ahead 14-10, an advantage they would carry with them to the locker room at halftime.
Peterson’s 48-yard jaunt to open the 3rd quarter put the Vikings in position to take a commanding 21-10 lead, but a poor decision and throw by Ponder resulted in an INT in the end zone. Green Bay took advantage of the mistake by driving 51 yards in 12 plays to add a FG and pull within one point. Green Bay scored a rushing TD later in the 3rd quarter to take the lead, and they wouldn’t look back. The dagger came when Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers led an 11-minute scoring drive to open the 4th quarter and stake the Packers to the final 23-14 advantage.
The loss drops the Vikings to 6-6, two games behind both Green Bay and Chicago in the NFC North. It also drops them to 9th place overall in the NFC because they lose tie-breakers to both Dallas and Tampa Bay. The Vikings will have to recover quickly, though, because they have a chance to get right back in the thick of the playoff picture by defeating the Bears at home on Sunday.
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