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Packers At Vikings: Fourth Quarter Game Thread

Andy King

Things are getting closer at the Metrodome, but with fifteen minutes of football remaining, the Minnesota Vikings still lead the Green Bay Packers by a score of at the Metrodome.

The Packers struck early in the quarter, marching down the field and having Aaron Rodgers find Greg Jennings for the second time today. This one was from five yards out, and made the score 20-17 in favor of the Vikings.

After a bit of a lull, the Vikings got a big break when they needed one, as Brian Robison registered a strip-sack of Aaron Rodgers near midfield. The Vikings turned that drive into points with an impressive drive, including seeing Peterson convert a 2nd-and-27 on the ground by running for 28 yards. The drive concluded with Christian Ponder executing a beautiful play-action fake and hitting Peterson in the left front corner of the end zone from two-yards out. It was Peterson's first touchdown reception of the season, and increased the Vikings' lead back to 27-17.

On the Packers' next drive, the Packers looked to be on the march to a score again after a big 73-yard pass from Rodgers to Jordy Nelson. On first and goal, Rodgers hit James Jones on a quick screen, and the initial call was that Jones fumbled at the goal line and was recovered by Minnesota. However, after review. . .and despite Mike McCarthy threw the challenge flag on a play that was going to be reviewed anyway. . .the Packers were awarded a touchdown that made the score 27-24.

The Vikings then went three-and-out, and the Packers have the ball near midfield as we start the final quarter of play.

Adrian Peterson's rushing total now stands at 2,042 yards, meaning he needs 66 more to pass Eric Dickerson's all-time single-season mark. That number currently stands as the fourth-highest rushing total in NFL history, trailing Dickerson (2,105 in 1984 for the Rams), Jamal Lewis (2,003 yards in 2003 for the Baltimore Ravens, and Barry Sanders (2,053 yards in 1997 for the Detroit Lions).

One quarter left in the regular season, folks. . .watch it all right here!

And, please, try to keep the swearing down. . .getting a bit out of control.