To start things off at Lambeau Field, the Minnesota Vikings won the coin toss and elected to defer, meaning that the Green Bay Packers would get the ball first. Kai Forbath’s kickoff was fielded by Christine Michael, who took the ball to the 29-yard line for Green Bay’s first drive of the afternoon. The Packers were quickly near midfield after a run by Ty Montgomery and a 15-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to Jordy Nelson put the home team on their own 49-yard line. A quick pass to Montgomery netted another first down and put the Packers into Minnesota territory at the 41. After that, a couple of short completions caused the Packers’ drive to stall, and the punt from Jake Schum went into the end zone for a touchback.
Sam Bradford and company started their drive from their own 20-yard line. The first drive was not a good one for the Vikings, as three passes from Bradford resulted in two incompletions and just six yards as the Vikings went three-and-out. Jeff Locke came on for his first opportunity of the afternoon, and his punt was returned by Micah Hyde to the Green Bay 39-yard line.
The Packers quickly found themselves in Minnesota territory, as Rodgers hit Davante Adams for a 19-yard gain down to the Minnesota 42. Rodgers then hit Geronimo Allison for 15 more yards to the Minnesota 27, and the Packers offense was rolling. Then, on 3rd-and-4 from the Minnesota 21-yard line, Rodgers dropped back and found Jordy Nelson for a 21-yard touchdown pass. Mason Crosby connected on the extra point, and the home team was ahead by a score of 7-0.
Adam Thielen got an opportunity to return a short kickoff from Mason Crosby, as he took it to the Minnesota 31. On the first play of the drive, Bradford found Jerick McKinnon for a nice 20-yard connection, and the Vikings were into Green Bay territory for the first time. McKinnon then took the ball 11 yards on a run down to the Green Bay 38, and a 11-yard pass to Thielen pushed the ball to the 27. Another great catch by Thielen picked up 17 more, and the Vikings had first-and-goal at the Green Bay 10. Matt Asiata hammered the ball down to the 4, and then. . .the Vikings’ offense stalled out as Bradford missed Thielen in the end zone and had a third down pass attempt knocked down at the line. Kai Forbath came in to attempt a 22-yard field goal, and he connected to make the score 7-3.
Christine Michael returned the kickoff from Forbath to the Green Bay 26 for the Packers’ third possession of the afternoon. They immediately got into Minnesota territory, as Nelson was wide open for a 48-yard reception down to the Minnesota 26-yard line. Three plays later, the Packers were into the end zone again, as Rodgers found Adams for a 20-yard touchdown connection, and the score was quickly 14-3 in favor of the Packers.
The Vikings started their next possession at the 25 after a touchback, and they picked up a first down before the quarter break, and then Bradford found Thielen for a big 32-yard gain down to the Packers’ 32-yard line. As we move to the second quarter of play, the Vikings are looking at a 3rd-and-9 from the Green Bay 32-yard line.
After one quarter of play, the Vikings are trailing the Packers by a score of 14-3 at Lambeau Field. Come join us for the second quarter of play if you can!