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Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers: Third quarter recap and fourth quarter discussion

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It’s getting closer

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Facing an 11-point deficit coming out of the locker room, the Minnesota Vikings got the football to start the second half, trailing the Green Bay Packers by a score of 21-10. After going three-and-out on their first possession, the Vikings got another break, as Aaron Rodgers fumbled a shotgun snap and the ball was recovered by Hercules Mata’afa at the Green Bay 42!

After another offensive pass interference call against the Vikings, this one against Adam Thielen, Kirk Cousins threw the best pass he’s thrown all season, as he dropped back on 3rd-and-13 and hit Stefon Diggs for a 45-yard touchdown!

Diggs was called for unsportsmanlike conduct on the play for taking his helmet off, which made Dan Bailey’s extra point a 48-yard attempt. The kick was partially blocked, which made the score 21-16.

After forcing another punt, the Vikings started moving the football, as Cousins found Adam Thielen for a big 30-yard gain to near midfield. Unfortunately, a holding penalty on Garrett Bradbury short-circuited the drive, and the Vikings had to punt it away. Britton Colquitt punted it away, and Marcus Epps downed the ball at the 1-yard line! The Packers got out of the shadow of the goalposts, and as we move to the fourth quarter of play the Packers are looking at 3rd-and-6 from their own 20-yard line.

Fifteen minutes remain, and the good guys have turned this into a ball game, as the Vikings trail the Packers, 21-16. Can the purple pull out a come-from-behind victory?