Game Blog: Last second field goal puts Vikings over Packers, 34-31
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota beat Green Bay by making sure Aaron Rodgers didn’t get to touch the ball last.
Greg Joseph made a 29-yard field goal as time expired to give the Vikings a 34-31 victory over the Packers.
Rodgers threw three of his four touchdown passes in the second half. He finished 23 for 33 for a season-high 385 yards.
Kirk Cousins passed for 341 yards and three scores. He led the Vikings on the game-winning drive with three straight completions for 51 yards.
The Vikings improved to 5-5. The Packers fell to 8-3.
Next week, the Vikings travel to San Francisco to play the 49ers, while the Packers host the Los Angeles Rams.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears lost to the Baltimore Ravens 16-13, and fall to 3-7. The Detroit Lions continue to have a winless season, and fall to 0-9-1 after losing to Cleveland Sunday afternoon 13-10.
The Green Bay Packers will take on the Minnesota Vikings Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Packers, who are 8-2 and in first place in the NFC North, hope to extend their lead over the second place Vikings (4-5) in Sunday’s game.
Following the touchdown, Crosby kicked 65 yards, which also resulted in a touchback.
On the first play, a penalty was called on Green Bay for having too many men on the field. A pass by Cousins intended for Jefferson was initially ruled as an interception by Savage, but following a review, it was reversed, and ruled incomplete.
Cousins then connected with Jefferson for a gain of six before the 2 minute warning. He then threw to Cook and to Thielen to get to Green Bay’s 19-yard line.
Green Bay then called a time out with 1:19 remaining.
The clock continued to wind down, and Cousins knelt on two plays before a 29-yard field goal attempt in the final 2 seconds to win it all.
Joseph made the kick, putting the Vikings on top to win it 34-31.
The Packers received a 65-yard kick, and started at their own 25.
The drive was a single play, after Rodgers connected with Valdes-Scantling for a 75-yard touchdown.
Crosby’s extra point was good, making it even at 31.
A 44-yard kick by Crosby landed at Minnesota’s 6 yard line, and was returned to the Vikings’ 21.
Cousins first threw an incomplete pass, but then connected with Osborn for a gain of 19 yards. Cook ran for a gain of four before Cousins connected with Jefferson for a gain of 6 to get them at midfield.
Cook once again ran for a gain of 3, and the Packers called a time out.
The Packers also announced Jenkins has been ruled out for the rest of the game after he was carted off the field.
A few plays later, Cousins connected with Jefferson in the end zone. A 2 point attempt was also successful after Cook ran it in, making it 31-24.
Dillon began the drive with a 7 yard run, and then ran for another 6.
Rodgers was sacked on 1st down for a loss of five yards.
Rodgers then connected with Dillon for a gain of 9. After that, he connected with St. Brown for a gain of 26 yards.
On 3rd and inches, Rodgers handed it off to Cobb, who then shoveled it off to Dillon, and they were able to convert.
The Packers were in a 3rd and 6 at the Vikings’ 18-yard line. and Rodgers connected with Adams in the end zone.
A penalty was called on Griffen for roughing the passer, which will be enforced between downs.
Jenkins was also ruled questionable to return by the team.
A kick by Crosby resulted in a touchback, and the Vikings’ first play was an incomplete pass from Cousins to Thielen. However, he then had a 21-yard connection with Jefferson on the following play.
The next two plays were runs by Cook. Cousins then threw a short pass to Conklin for a gain of five. He threw an incomplete pass to Thielen, which was followed by a rush attempt by Mattison for no gain.
The following play on 3rd and 10 resulted in a sack of Cousins for a loss of 10 yards by Preston Smith. Cousins then fumbled the ball, but it was recovered by Minnesota at their own 47-yard line. The 47-yard punt to Green Bay’s six yard line was the first play of the 4th quarter.
Following a touchback, the Packers started with a 7-yard run by Dillon that was wiped out by Jenkins, who was penalized for offensive holding.
On 1st and 20, a pass from Rodgers to Dillon was a gain of 13 yards. Rodgers then connected with Adams for a gain of 12.
At their own 40, Rodgers threw another pass to Adams, this time for a gain of 17 to put them in Minnesota territory. Dillon followed with a four yard run. Rodgers then took it himself for a gain of 18 yards, putting them at Minnesota’s 21-yard line.
St. Brown then ran for an additional 11 yards to put them at the Vikings’ 10-yard line.
Rodgers and Adams eventually connected in the end zone to make it 23-16. Crosby’s kick was good, making it 23-17.
The second half began with a 65-yard kick by Crosby, putting the Vikings at their own 25. Cousins connected with Conklin for a 15-yard gain.
3 straight rush attempts put the Vikings at midfield.
A pass from Cousins to Thielen was short and put the Vikings in a 3rd and 1, but they were able to convert on a run by Cook. They were soon inside Green Bay’s 20-yard line.
On 3rd and goal, Cousins and Jefferson once again connected in the end zone, putting the Vikings up 23-10, including the extra point.
A 65-yard kick by Crosby resulted in a touchback to start the Vikings’ drive.
A long pass was eventually put under review, and the call was reversed. It would have been a 32-yard gain if the pass from Cousins to Osborn was complete.
Cousins then connected with Westbrook for a gain of seven to get to their own 32.
On 3rd and 3, Cousins threw an incomplete pass.
A punt by the Vikings went out of bounds, and the Packers took the field with less than 20 seconds to go in the half and began on their own 35 yard line.
Jordan Love knelt to end the half, as Rodgers had already gone into the tunnel.
Green Bay started the drive with a pass from Rodgers to St. Brown for a gain of 17 yards.
After that, Rodgers connected with Rodgers for a gain of four, however another penalty was called on Turner for illegal use of the hands, and the 10-yard penalty was enforced at Green Bay’s 43, making it another 1st and 20.
On the following play, Rodgers threw an incomplete pass to Valdes-Scantling, but connected with Deguara connected for a gain of 12 yards on 2nd and 20.
Rodgers continued to spread the love to Cobb on 3rd and 8, which was a gain of 15 yards.
Following the two minute warning, Dillon ran for a gain of two at Minnesota’s 40. Rodgers connected with Daffney for 8 and Dillon ran for another 5 to get to the Vikings’ 25-yard line.
Following another run by Dillon and an incomplete pass, Rodgers threw a touchdown to Deguara, which was followed by a successful extra point attempt by Crosby to make it 16-10, with less than a minute to go in the first half.
Green Bay’s defense was switched up on the following drive.
The drive began with a pass from Cousins to Thielen for a gain of five yards.
Cook then ran for a gain of four, and CJ Ham attempted a run for no gain on 3rd and 1.
The Vikings punted from their own 29-yard line, and a fair catch was called by Amari Rodgers at Green Bay’s 26-yard line.
Following the Vikings’ second touchdown of the game, the Packers started at their own 25-yard line following a 65-yard kick from Joseph. The first play of the drive was an incomplete pass from Rodgers, and a penalty was called on Turner for ofrfensive holding. Dillon then ran for no gain on 1st and 20, and that was followed by another incomplete pass from Rodgers.
On 3rd and 20, Dillon ran for a gain of 11, but it wasn’t enough for a 1st down, causing the punting unit to come back on the field.
Bojorquez kicked a 59-yard punt, and Westbrook muffed the catch, but recovered it at the Minnesota’s 13-yard line.
After Crosby’s missed kick, the Vikings took over on downs on their own 22.
The drive started with a run by Cook, and then an incomplete deep pass to Jefferson. A defensive pass interference penalty was called on Green Bay, and was enforced at the Vikings’ 39.
Following that, Cook ran again, and then another pass by Cousins fell incomplete. On the next play, Cousins’ pass to Jefferson was intercepted by Savage who ran it back for 31 yards. However, that play was wiped out by a roughing the passer penalty on Keke. The Vikings moved up to Green Bay’s 9-yard line.
Three plays later, Cousins connected with Thielen for a 10 yard touchdown, and the extra point was good, putting the Vikings up 16-3.
The Packers then started on their own 25, and began the drive with a five-yard run from Dillon, followed by another 3 yards by Dillon. A short pass to Valdes-Scantling gave them a first down. However, a penalty was called on Newman for a false start.
The second quarter started with an incomplete throw by Rodgers to Valdes-Scantling, but they connected two plays later for a gain of 39 yards to put them at the Vikings’ 25-yard line.
The Packers were able to get to the Vikings’ 14-yard line for a field goal attempt, but Crosby missed a 32-yard attempt when the ball hit the left upright.
The Vikings started with a couple of 3 yard gains before Cousins connected with Thielen for a gain of 18 yards. Two plays later, Cousin threw to Jefferson for 56 yards, and came up one yard short of the end zone.
Dalvin Cook then walked into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown, putting the Vikings up 9-3. Their extra point attempt was no good.
On the following drive, the Packers started on their own 25-yard line. Dillon ran on the first play of the drive, and on the 2nd play, Rodgers threw an incomplete pass to Valdes-Scantling. However, a penalty was called on Minnesota for defensive holding.
Dillon then ran the next two plays.
The drive ended with a punt after Rodgers fumbled the ball.
The Vikings’ first play of their drive was a rush attempt by Cook, which ended up being a loss of a yard.
However, Cousins and Jefferson connected for a 43-yard gain to get into Packers territory.
Afterwards, Cook ran for a gain of six yards. Two plays later on 3rd and 5 and the Packers, 23, Cousins was sacked by Preston Smith for a loss of 10 yards.
Vikings kicker Greg Joseph then made a 51-yard field goal to tie it 3-3.
Following a touchback on the opening kickoff, the first play of the game was a short pass to Adams, which ended up being a 37-yard gain.
However, Rodgers threw two incomplete passes afterwards to Marquez Valdes-Scantling and one short pass to AJ Dillon on the following three plays, and failed to get past the Vikings’ 36-yard line.
Crosby and the special teams unit then made a 54-yard field goal to put the Packers up 3-0 following the opening drive.
This will be just the third division game of the season for the Packers. They are 13-1 against teams in the NFC North under head coach Matt LeFleur. The one loss is against Minnesota when the Vikings won at Lambeau last November by a score of 28-22.
Team records show the Packers have a 30-29 record in away games against the Vikings, and during 120 meetings (including two postseason games), the Packers have a 63-55-3 edge in the all-time series between the rivals. Of those games, the Packers are 15-9-1 with the Vikings with Rodgers at the helm, and with Favre, the Packers are 17-15-1.
Rodgers, who was listed as having a toe injury this week, will be playing Sunday. However, the Packers announced multiple players won’t be participating in Sunday’s game, including receiver Allen Lazard and running back Aaron Jones:
On Saturday, the Packers elevated LB La’Darius Hamilton and WR Juwann Winfree from the practice squad. The moves come as the Packers continue to be plagued by the injury bug.
Also of note, Rodgers has thrown 29 touchdowns and four interceptions during his last 18 games versus Minnesota, and is the only NFL player to have five games with four or more touchdown passes with zero interceptions against them.
Another player to watch is receiver Davante Adams, who has recorded five touchdown catches in his last two games against Minnesota, and has nine touchdown catches in his last eight games against Minnesota, with 10 career touchdown catches against them.
On the defensive side, DL Kenny Clark has had at least one sack in five of the last seven games against the Vikings, with a total of six sacks in that same timespan, the most he has had against one opponent.
The Vikings will be without:
- QB Kellen Mon
- WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette
- CB Harrison Hand
- LB Chazz Surratt
- G Wyatt Davis
The other members of the NFC North are also playing early afternoon games. The Chicago Bears (3-6) are hosting the Baltimore Ravens (6-3), while the Detroit Lions (0-8-1) are visiting the Cleveland Browns (5-5).
Sunday’s game airs on FOX.
The Action 2 Sports team will continue to provide insight throughout the game, so check back for updates. We’ll also have post-game coverage on Action 2 News at 5:30 and 10, and will also break down the game on Sunday Sports Night Cover 2 at 10:35 p.m.
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