Coming out of the locker room at halftime, the Minnesota Vikings held a 14-10 lead over the Green Bay Packers, and received the second half kickoff. Stacy Coley, now handling kickoff returns, mishandled the kick in the end zone, but it only resulted in a touchback, giving Case Keenum and company the ball at their own 25. The Vikings got an initial first down after a carry by Latavius Murray and a pass to Adam Thielen. A pass from Keenum to Kyle Rudolph pushed the Vikings to near midfield and picked up another first down.
Keenum then found Adam Thielen for a big 23-yard gain into the Packers’ red zone at the 18, but the drive stalled out as Kyle Rudolph dropped a pass that could have set up first-and-goal. Minnesota brought on Kai Forbath for a 36-yard field goal attempt, and he connected to extend the Minnesota lead to 17-10.
Trevor Davis took the Kai Forbath kickoff back to the Minnesota 25-yard line for the Packers’ first possession of the second half. Green Bay converted a third down on a pass from Brett Hundley to Randall Cobb. However, that was all their offense could do, and Justin Vogel came in to punt the football away. Marcus Sherels called for a fair catch at the Minnesota 17 for their next possession.
The Vikings got to near midfield rapidly as Keenum found Laquon Treadwell for an incredible, one-handed catch that gained 25 yards, and Jerick McKinnon carried it twice for another first down for Minnesota. Keenum then converted another third down, finding Kyle Rudolph and putting the Vikings on the edge of the red zone. The Vikings then faced another third down, but Adam Thielen came up just short. As we move to the fourth quarter of play, the Vikings are looking at 4th-and-short from the Green Bay 16-yard line.
We’ve got fifteen minutes of football remaining at U.S. Bank Stadium, ladies and gentlemen, and the Minnesota Vikings lead the Green Bay Packers by a score of 17-10. Can the purple hold on in this one?