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Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings Recap: Packers Take Over North With 30-13 Win

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Death, taxes. . .and the Minnesota Vikings soiling themselves in big situations.

On Sunday afternoon, with all the momentum you could ask for, the Minnesota Vikings took the field at TCF Bank Stadium and got throttled by a Green Bay Packers team that had lost three consecutive games by a final score of 30-13.

Green Bay got on the board first, courtesy of a 42-yard field goal by Mason Crosby with a little under five minutes to go in the first quarter. Minnesota answered right back, courtesy of a 47-yard touchdown pass from Teddy Bridgewater to Kyle Rudolph. Rudolph caught the ball around the Green Bay 30, lost a Packer defender, and went the rest of the way for the score. It was the longest touchdown reception of Rudolph's career. Blair Walsh then missed the extra point, leaving the Vikings ahead by a score of 6-3.

Before the end of the first quarter, Crosby hit a 47-yard field goal to tie the game at 6-6. Crosby continued to fill the scoresheet for the Packers, as he hit a 40-yard field goal early in the second quarter to put Green Bay back ahead, 9-6. The Packers closed out the second half with a drive that was largely aided by penalties on the Vikings, who came into the game as the NFL's least-penalized team. The Vikings committed three third-down penalties on the drive, and Rodgers finally took advantage as he found Randall Cobb in the end zone with six seconds left in the half to give the Packers a 16-6 halftime lead.

Green Bay extended their lead on the first drive of the second half, as Crosby hit a 42-yard field goal to extend the Packers' lead to 19-6. After the teams exchanged punts, Minnesota put together their most impressive drive of the afternoon, with the big play coming when Bridgewater found Rudolph again for a 33-yard gain into the Green Bay red zone. From there, Adrian Peterson finished the drive with a 6-yard touchdown run. Walsh connected on the extra point, and the Vikings were back in the game at 19-13.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Green Bay extended their lead again, as Rodgers found James Jones for a ridiculous 27-yard touchdown pass. The Packers went for a two-point conversion and succeeded, making the score 27-13. Minnesota looked to be driving for a response, but Adrian Peterson fumbled in Packers' territory for a turnover. The Vikings never seriously threatened after that, and the Packers left the Twin Cities with their tenth victory over the Vikings in their last twelve tries.

For the Vikings, Bridgewater played a fairly good game. . .when he wasn't running for his life. He completed 25-of-37 passes for 296 yards and a touchdown. Adrian Peterson, on the other hand, had a rough night, carrying the ball 13 times for 45 yards, one touchdown, and one lost fumble. Kyle Rudolph led the way for the Vikings' receivers, putting up the first 100-yard game of his career. He wound up with six catches for 106 yards and a touchdown.

For the Packers, Rodgers completed 16-of-34 passes for 212 yards and two scores. Eddie Lacy came back from the dead to carry the ball 22 times for 100 yards. James Jones led the Green Bay wide receivers with six catches for 109 yards and a touchdown.

The Packers move to 7-3 and, via tiebreakers, re-take the lead in the NFC North. They will host the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving night. Minnesota's five-game winning streak is snapped, as they fall to 7-3. They will travel to take on the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday.

The Minnesota Vikings fall. . .again. . .to the Green Bay Packers by a score of 30-13 at TCF Bank Stadium. Thanks, as always, to everyone that got their coverage of this week's game right here at The Daily Norseman!