Vikings beat Rodgers, Vikings beat Packers 34-31 at FG finish

Vikings beat Rodgers, Vikings beat Packers 34-31 at FG finish

Minneapolis – Greg Joseph created a 29-yard field goal as the time expired to give the Minnesota Vikings a 34-31 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, finishing a home and away game with Aaron Rodgers by making sure the three-time NFL MVP didn’t finally touch the ball.

Kirk Cousins ​​passed for 341 yards and three touchdowns for the Vikings (5-5), who watched another game come to the final after Rodgers threw three of his four passes in the second half.

Unable to practice much at all this week due to a toe injury, after missing much of the first half of the month with COVID-19, Rodgers finished 23-for-33 in a season top 385 yards.

Justin Jefferson had eight receptions for 169 yards and two pitches, including a catch for third against Novice Eric Stokes who gave the Cousins ​​a 23-yard touchdown while faking a Darnell Savage attack. Dalvin Cook ran in the two-point conversion to make up for an extra point missed earlier by Joseph.

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Then in the next play of the melee, Rodgers threw a rainbow to Marquess Valdes-Scantling past safety Xavier Woods for a 75-yard score to tie the game two minutes before a warning.

When the Vikings got the ball back, Cousins ​​himself almost tasked the comeback with bringing down Jefferson a bit, whom Savage sprinted in front of to intercept the ball. He swayed his way down, and the replay review canceled the call.

Cousins ​​then went 3-for-3 for 51 yards on the next three shots, and Cooke ran another one down first, then the Vikings knelt down to prepare the final kick by Joseph. They scored their highest score against the Packers since their 38-3 loss to New Orleans in their season opener.

Green Bay (8-3) has ceded only 34 points in the previous three games. Preston Smith had two bags, but the Packers players didn’t have the same fast passes with outside quarterback Rashaan Gary (elbow) sidelined. Zadarius Smith and Whitney Mercellus also came off long-term injuries.

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dangerous couple

Rodgers threw to Davante Adams twice for a touchdown, including an 18-yard shot in third and sixth midway through the fourth quarter when he was trying to call a timeout before the gun shot.

Adams scored 12 reception games against the Vikings, the most for an opponent.

strong start

The Vikings lost their way to attack in recent defeats to Dallas and Baltimore by failing to consistently deliver the ball to Jefferson and Tellin, but Cousins ​​came back from where they left off in last week’s win over the Los Angeles Chargers by continuing to target their star tandem. .

Jefferson became the first player in the league this season to have the top 100 yards in the first quarter. He drew a 37-yard entry penalty on Savage in the second quarter, a huge boost on a campaign that ended with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Cousins ​​to Thielen in third and the goal for a 16-3 lead. Kingsley’s helmet-to-helmet hit of Kiki on the Cousins ​​resulted in a harsh penalty and erased Savage’s objection to that eventful possession.

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For all the aggressive-fueled success, the Vikings swayed the momentum for the visitors when their sweep of the draw to linebacker CJ Ham stopped in third and one at 29 without a gain late in the second quarter.

The beams went the other way for the first of four direct touch drives, save for a knee-down hitch at the break, which covered 74 yards or more. Josiah DeGuara scored his first scoring career to capture that possession and cut the difference to 16-10.

injury report

Packers: Elgton Jenkins fell in the fourth quarter with an apparent injury to his left knee and was taken to the locker room. After picking the Pro Bowl in 2020 at LG, Jenkins replaced David Bakhtiari at LT this season. Bakhtiari is not yet back from the torn ACL he suffered last year.

Vikings: CB Patrick Peterson (hamstring) is back from missing three games. He missed some time while receiving treatment on the sidelines late in the second quarter but came back after the break.

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The Packers host the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday, trying to avoid back-to-back defeats for the first time since a three-game slip-up that led to coach Mike McCarthy’s sacking on December 2, 2018.

The Vikings play in San Francisco next Sunday.

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