The quarter got off to a great start for the Vikings, as the first play of the quarter saw Aaron Rodgers drop back to pass and throw one directly to Anthony Harris for an interception! Harris took it inside the Green Bay 30, and the Vikings were in business again.
It didn’t take long for them to cash in, as Kirk Cousins found Stefon Diggs for a 21-yard touchdown pass, and the Vikings took the lead, 10-3!
Diggs touchdown pic.twitter.com/Vk4maRPRK5— Arif Hasan, nondenominational holiday supporter ⛄ (@ArifHasanNFL) December 24, 2019
Green Bay cut the lead to four on Mason Crosby’s second field goal of the night, this one a 33-yarder to make the score 10-6.
The Minnesota offense responded with yet another three-and-out, punting the ball back to the Packers. But, on the second play of the Packers’ drive, Davante Adams fumbled after a pass from Rodgers, getting stripped by Harrison Smith with Eric Kendricks recovering again in Green Bay territory.
Unfortunately, the Vikings gave the ball right back on downs. The Vikings misfired on a trick play on 3rd-and-4 where Diggs overthrew a wide open Cousins on a reverse pass, and the Vikings went for it on fourth down, but Cousins overthrew Adam Thielen by about five yards on the play.
Minnesota forced a three-and-out on the next drive, and took over at their own 10-yard line. Sadly, the Vikings answered with a three-and-out of their own and the Packers took over near midfield. They got all the way to the 1-yard line, and after a drop by Davante Adams in the end zone, the Packers settled for another field goal, this one a 19-yarder by Crosby to make it 10-9 going into the locker room.
The Vikings’ offense has been flat-out ugly tonight. They have just 68 total yards and have picked up just two first downs on the night. Kirk Cousins’ numbers have been especially ugly, as he’s completed just 4-of-12 passes for 39 yards and a touchdown. We haven’t seen a lot of the things that have made the Vikings’ offense successful this season, and the offensive line has been pretty poor.
Stefon Diggs leads the Vikings in receiving, with two catches for 29 yards and a touchdown. Mike Boone and C.J. Ham each have one catch for five yards.
The run game hasn’t contributed much either, as Boone has picked up just 28 yards on 10 carries in his first ever NFL start. Ameer Abdullah has a 14-yard carry as well.
If the Vikings want to win this game, their defense is going to need to pick it up significantly in the second half. The Vikings will get the football first, holding a 10-9 lead over the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. Come join us for the third quarter of play!