The Green Bay Packers won the coin toss, marking the sixth time in seven games the Vikings have lost the coin flip, and elected to defer to the second half. The Vikings then proceeded to get off to as good a start as you could hope for, as Cordarrelle Patterson took the opening kickoff and tied an NFL record by going 109 yards for a touchdown. It was an amazing run back by Patterson, and gave the Vikings an early 7-0 lead after the Blair Walsh extra point.
The Packers then took over and put together a fairly lengthy drive, using a decent mix of run and pass to move into Vikings territory. They converted several third downs on the drive, including the final play where Aaron Rodgers connected with Jordy Nelson from 11 yards out to tie the score at 7. Josh Robinson actually had pretty good coverage on Nelson on the play, but it was an outstanding throw by Rodgers to get the score.
After a quick first down on the Vikings' next drive, they punted the ball away, with Jeff Locke putting the Packers inside their own 20-yard line. The Packers continued moving the ball and converting third downs, making them 6-of-6 on third downs in the first quarter. That's where we stand going into the second quarter of play, with the Packers looking at a 3rd-and-3 from the Minnesota 49-yard line when we come back.
The Vikings and Packers are tied in the final meeting at the Metrodome between these two teams, ladies and gentlemen. Can the Vikings pull off the upset?