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Packers roll past Vikings 43-34, Adams ties franchise record for single game receptions

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams, center, celebrates with teammates Aaron Rodgers, left, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, right, after catching a 1-yard touchdown pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams, center, celebrates with teammates Aaron Rodgers, left, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, right, after catching a 1-yard touchdown pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)(Bruce Kluckhohn | AP)
Published: Sep. 13, 2020 at 10:39 AM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY/AP) - Aaron Rodgers began his 13th season as Green Bay’s starting quarterback by passing for 364 yards and four touchdowns as the Packers beat the Vikings 43-34 at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.

In series history, the Packers improved to 63-54-3 against the Vikings, and Rodgers is now 15-8-1 against the team.

The Packers stayed inside their locker room during the playing of the National Anthem and ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’, and Packers President /CEO Mark Murphy issued a statement early in the game regarding the team’s decision:

“The Green Bay Packers respect the national anthem and United States flag and all that they represent, including the right to express ourselves. We decided as a team to remain in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem and ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ so as to not distract from our message that we stand united for social justice and racial equality. This is part of our continued call on our leaders to engage in meaningful dialogue that results in change. We feel it is important for all of us to participate in these difficult conversations with humility and be open to different perspectives.”

Rodgers took full advantage of the young cornerbacks and the empty stadium in Minnesota.

Davante Adams had a career-high, franchise-record-tying 14 catches for 156 yards and two scores.

During post-game interviews, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said Adams and Rogers have great chemistry.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard each reached the end zone, too, as Green Bay had its way with a renovated Minnesota defense.

Cornerback Jaire Alexander also sacked Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins in the end zone for a safety in the first half.

Packers kicker Mason Crosby also netted multiple field goals throughout the game, and helped the Packers get on the board during their first drive.

Dalvin Cook rushed for two touchdowns and two 2-point conversions for the Vikings, who hosted the rival Packers without fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Players Lucas Patrick and Kenny Clark both left the game with injuries, and were ruled out for a shoulder and groin injury, respectively.

Clark signed a contract extension just last month, and became the highest-paid nose tackle in NFL history, and the 12th highest paid defender in the league at the time of the signing. As Action 2 News reported, the deal was for four more years, and $70 million with a $25 million signing bonus.

Green Bay also lost guard Lane Taylor later in the game to a knee injury, and he was carted off the field.

LIVE BLOG: The Green Bay Packers open the NFL season in Minnesota for the first time in team history on Sunday.

Kickoff is noon at U.S. Bank Stadium. The game airs on Fox Sports.

The last time the teams met in Week 1 was 2008 at Lambeau Field.

In series history, the Packers hold a 62-54-3 advantage over the Vikings. QB Aaron Rodgers is 14-8-1 against the Vikings.

There will be no fans in the stadium due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ESPN reporters say after testing was done Saturday, all 3,600 players and team personnel, as well as another 1,400 game day assistants across the NFL have been cleared for Sunday’s games.

The Packers stayed inside their locker room for both the National Anthem and “Lift Every Voice", while the Vikings lined up in their end zone. In addition, the Vikings didn’t sound the horn for the first time ever in memory of George Floyd, whose family was in attendance at Sunday’s game near the horn.

The Packers then came out of the locker room shortly after.

Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy issued the following statement regarding the team’s decision on staying in the locker room during the playing of the National Anthem and ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’:

"The Green Bay Packers respect the national anthem and United States flag and all that they represent, including the right to express ourselves. We decided as a team to remain in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem and ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ so as to not distract from our message that we stand united for social justice and racial equality. This is part of our continued call on our leaders to engage in meaningful dialogue that results in change. We feel it is important for all of us to participate in these difficult conversations with humility and be open to different perspectives.”

Our Action 2 Sports team attending the game says the atmosphere at U.S. Bank Stadium is quiet, saying it’s like watching football in a quiet office.

The Packers were the first on the board after kicker Mason Crosby netted a field goal during the team’s first drive.

Last season, the Packers had seven opening drive touchdowns.

After the first quarter, Allen Lazard led the team in rushing yards on his one carry for 19 yards, followed by Aaron Jones with three carries for 15 yards, and Jamaal Williams , who had two carries for eight yards.

Despite being in the press box, our sports team can hear Packers players on the sidelines.

Despite reaching the red zone multiple times, the Packers haven’t been able to convert for six, and have settled for two field goals from Crosby.

Meanwhile, Davante Adams has led the receivers so far during the game, the majority of who have seen action throughout the first half.

With half of the second quarter to go, Adams had six receptions for 68 yards, followed by Jamaal Williams and Josiah Deguara. Allen Lazard, Tyler Ervin andAaron Jones rounded out the rest.

Just before the half, the Packers lead the Vikings by a score of 15-7. The 15 points come from Crosby’s two field goals of 31 and 43 yards, as well as a Safety after Jaire Alexander sacked Kirk Cousins in the second quarter, and a touchdown from Davante Adams.

Adams caught a touchdown shortly before halftime for the Packers' first touchdown of the game.

Jaire Alexander then intercepted a pass from Cousins with less than 30 seconds to go in the first half.

With less than 20 seconds to go in the first half, Rodgers threw for another touchdown, this time to Marquez Valdes Scantling, giving the Packers a 22-10 lead at the half.

The Vikings' lone touchdown so far comes from Dalvin Cook in the first quarter, and a 35-yard-field-goal scored at the last moment of the half bumped the Vikings to 10.

During the third quarter, Davante Adams caught a touchdown, bringing the score to 29-10.

Packers players Lucas Patrick and Kenny Clark were both ruled out for the rest of the game. Clark was seen limping off the field in the first half, and was later ruled to have a groin injury. Patrick is listed as having a shoulder injury.

Clark signed a contract extension just last month, and became the highest-paid nose tackle in NFL history, and the 12th highest paid defender in the league at the time of the signing. As Action 2 News reported, the deal was for four more years, and $70 million with a $25 million signing bonus.

The Vikings answered in the fourth with a touchdown and a two point conversion, with the Packers still having an 11 point lead.

As of the fourth quarter, Davante Adams has 13 receptions for 116 yards with two touchdowns. The Packers single game record for receptions is 14, which was set in 1942 by Don Hutson.

Adams' career high is 13 receptions for a single game.

In the 4th quarter, a cart was brought out for Packers guard Lane Taylor, who in a replay was shown grabbing his right knee. He was later ruled out with a knee injury.

With just over 10 minutes to go in the 4th, Allen Lazard caught a touchdown to stretch the Packers' lead, and Crosby’s extra point was good, bringing the score to 36-18.

The Vikings then answered with their own touchdown from Dalvin Cook and another 2 point conversion, also scored by Cook, to come within 10. With less than 8 minutes to go, the score stood in favor of the Packers, 36-26.

Later in the fourth, Adams tied the Packers franchise record of receptions in a single game following a 40-yard-pass from Rodgers.

Running back Aaron Jones then rushed for a five yard touchdown, with an extra point from Crosby to broaden the lead, 43-26.

Rodgers also is logging numbers, and has become the first Packers quarterback with four touchdown passes in a season opener since Brett Favre did so in 1999.

Adam Thielen scored another touchdown after a pass from Cousins for the Vikings.

The game ended on a final score of 43-34.

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