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Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings: Second quarter recap and third quarter discussion

This one got ugly fast

Green Bay Packers v Minnesota Vikings Photo by David Berding/Getty Images

They’re heading into the locker rooms at halftime at U.S. Bank Stadium with the Minnesota Vikings trailing the Green Bay Packers by a score of 23-3.

The Packers looked like they might add to their lead, but a pass from Jordan Love on 4th-and-1 fell incomplete to turn the ball back over to the Vikings. Minnesota then put together their best drive of the night so far, pushing into Green Bay territory and setting up Greg Joseph for a 54-yard field goal attempt. He put it through the uprights, putting the Vikings on the board and cutting the lead to 10-3.

Green Bay marched straight down the field on their next possession, getting just about no resistance from the Minnesota defense through the air or on the ground. The drive culminated with a 2-yard touchdown run from Jordan Love, and with just under five minutes to go in the half the Packers found themselves up 17-3.

The two teams then exchanged punts and the Vikings got the ball back with less than a minute left in the half. Then, the Vikings turned it over again, as Preston Smith sacked Jaren Hall with the Packers recovering in Minnesota territory at the 37-yard line. That was enough time for the Packers to cash in, as Love found Jayden Reed for their second scoring connection of the night, this one a 25-yard catch-and-run to make it 23-3 heading into halftime.

This has been ugly. Can’t really say anything else about it. Come on in and join us for the third quarter if you’ve got the guts.