As they deferred after winning the opening coin toss, the Green Bay Packers got the ball to start the second half, leading the Minnesota Vikings by a score of 16-6. Jeff Janis got a short return of the Blair Walsh kickoff, setting the Packers up at their own 15-yard line to start things out. A couple of runs from Eddie Lacy netted a first down for the Packers, and James Starks followed up with a 30-yard run to put the Packers quickly into Minnesota territory. However, the Minnesota defense eventually got a stop, and the Packers called on Mason Crosby once again. He hit once again, this time from 42 yards out, and the Packers extended their lead to 19-6.
Cordarrelle Patterson got the ball to the Minnesota 24-yard line on the ensuing kickoff, and after his injury late in the first half, Teddy Bridgewater led the Minnesota offense back onto the field. Bridgewater got a big third down conversion early in the drive on an 11-yard scramble. But, as has been the case all day, the Vikings shot themselves in the foot, as Bridgewater took a sack to put the Vikings in third and forever, and they had to punt the football away. Jeff Locke got away a very good punt, as he pinned the Packers down at their own 9-yard line.
Minnesota picked up a three-and-out, and Tim Masthay had to punt out of his own end zone for the Packers. Marcus Sherels initially fielded the punt at the Minnesota 48-yard line, but a block in the back penalty on Andrew Sendejo pushed it back to the 38 for the Vikings' next drive. They actually started things off with a pass, as Bridgewater found Stefon Diggs for a 17-yard pass into Green Bay territory at the 46. Bridgewater then found Kyle Rudolph for a big 33-yard gain into the Green Bay red zone at the 13-yard line. After a pass to Zach Line got the ball down to the 6-yard line, Adrian Peterson finished off the drive with a touchdown run to put the Vikings back on the board. Blair Walsh connected on this extra point, and the Vikings got themselves back into the game, cutting the Green Bay lead to 19-13.
Green Bay started their next drive at their own 20-yard line after a touchback by Walsh. The Vikings got the Packers to a third down situation, but Rodgers found James Jones for a huge 37-yard gain down to the Minnesota 28-yard line. As we move to the fourth quarter, the Packers are looking at 3rd-and-9 from the Minnesota 27.
As we head to the final fifteen minutes of play at TCF Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Vikings trail the Green Bay Packers by a score of 19-13. Can the Vikings get a come-from-behind victory in this one?