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Packers hold onto first place with 44-31 win

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 27, 2013 – 10:24 pm

Packers RB James StarksMINNEAPOLIS–The Packers improved their record to 5-2 and maintained their hold on first place in the NFC North with a 44-31 win over the Vikings on Sunday night.

Leading 31-17 after three quarters, James Starks roared 25 yards up the middle on the second play of the fourth quarter, and the rout was on.

The Packers defense then pitched a three-and-out at the Vikings, and Aaron Rodgers erased any lingering doubt. He completed a 27-yard strike to Jarrett Boykin in a drive that began emptying the seats at the Metrodome, which was hosting its final Packers-Vikings game. The Packers eventually settled for a 20-yard field goal by Mason Crosby that gave the visitors a 41-17 lead with 6:10 to play.

Minnesota scored a touchdown with 4:42 to play and then unsuccessfully attempted an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff, leaving the Packers to kill the remaining time and turn their thoughts to next week’s game against the visiting Chicago Bears.

Crosby tacked on a 45-yard field goal with 2:53 to play.

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder scored on a 19-yard run to cut the Packers’ lead to 44-31 with 1:24 to play.

The Packers recovered the onside kick.

Rodgers threw for 285 yards, two touchdowns and a 130.6 passer rating. Lacy led all rushers with 94 yards. The Packers held Adrian Peterson to 60 yards rushing.

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68 Responses to “Packers hold onto first place with 44-31 win”

  1. By Isak N. on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    Wow! Micah Hyde with the return and Starks and Lacy with the running. Also Aaron threw very accurate the whole game. Go PACKKK

  2. By Mihaela on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    As much as I want to enjoy the win I can’t only because we allowed the Vikes to put 31 points on us when the game should have ended easily 44 -10. But I am happy and the win was well deserved. Lacy got himself a nickname The Hammer and it could not have been a better one. Starks was lights out and the rookies were spectacular. Way to go Pack now let’s go get those Bears next week.

  3. By True Steel on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    Mihaela have you watched the game? These interference calls were gifts by the refs, they gave the Vikings those points, not the defense. Maybe they pittied those guys.

  4. By Taylor on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    I have no problem with the defense letting up on em when the game was obviously safe. It’s when the game is too close or there’s too much time left that the defense needs to keep playing hard. Notice how everybody made it out injury free…That’s all I care about.

  5. By Mr. T on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    I pity the striped fools who give the purple fools a chance.

  6. By Chris on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    Great performance from our boys tonight! I continue to be amazed by the Pack’s ability to win when the chips are down and so may of our main guys are out of it. Great job by the rookies! GO PACK GO!

  7. By OKGOPACK on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    Eddie’s nickname can’t be “the Hammer” that’s someone elses’, people.

  8. By Justin on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    Rodgers was a force of nature tonight. Bye bye Metrodome. good riddance there. I can’t WAIT for the next game – Dominate!

  9. By Pete G on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    FAT EDDIE! great to see the hard running by both backs, nice to see Starks healed up…sloppy early and sloppy late but all in all a solid W at the Humpty Dump and yeah, the Refs obviously felt very bad for a dismal Queens team, several questionable calls tonite went against the Pack…oh well, we didnt need any help from the Refs to close out an era in Mini-scrota, AR was in Sniper Mode early and often, way to go Pack- a solid hold on 1st place!

  10. By Chris on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    OKGOPACK, Yeah… that was MC Hammer, but that guy is old news now, so why not give it to Lacy! LOL!

  11. By OKGOPACK on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    No, it was a football player, I can’t remember his real name, but his nickname was “the Hammer” so Eddie can’t have it.

  12. By Ducks on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    Fred “The Hammer” Willliamson

  13. By Kevin on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    Nelson is out of this world. Barely anyone in the NFL could have caught those 2 touchdowns.

  14. By Chet Howard on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    the hammer was a linebacker for the kc chiefs when the packers won there first superbowl. Pack looked good tonight but defense laid down when they got that big lead, need to play 4 quarters of solid football.

  15. By wiguyinmn on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    I’m thinking there are probably quite a few nicknames that have been shared by more than one player over the years, and if you can’t remember who the other guy was, I really don’t think it’s an issue. What was the nickname for Lacy that Vic proposed this past week? I can’t remember.

  16. By redraider5621 on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    I’m not worried about the defense. 24 points were their responsibility but 14 came as the result of terrible PI calls and the other TD came when the game was already well out of reach.

  17. By OKGOPACK on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    Fred “the Hammer” Williamson, drafted by the Steelers, had black belts in kento, karate, and tai kwan do (sp).

  18. By Dan V. on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    The nickname is simple for the kid from LA who survived Katrina: Hurricane Eddie.

  19. By wiguyinmn on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    Eddie “Look Out” Lacy. That was Vic’s suggestion I couldn’t remember. I like that, but I’m also fine with “The Hammer”. For some reason “Hurricane” just doesn’t work for me.

  20. By axespray on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    Dear D – quit taking naps in the 4th QT!!!!

  21. By wiguyinmn on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    also, I’m not really sure how people are calling that second PI call horrible. take off your homer hats for a second, it was pretty blatant. Tramon doesn’t trip him there and that’s a TD for them. even the first call, in real-time I thought was legit. i’ll agree after watching it on replay that it was pretty much BS, but if I were a Vikings fan, I probably wouldn’t be saying that.

  22. By Pdi on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    Y’all all blind fans if you think the refs helped the Packers (ie, Tramon clearly held that guy on the last Viking drive).

  23. By jbar26 on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    Why is everyone so up in arms about the defense when the game was already over? This is the Washington game all over again. When the game is over (we were up by 24 points), just let the clock run and get out injury free. Please everyone understand that a win is a win. It’s not how you win, it’s THAT you win. 50 points or 1 point it’s a win. Do you need the drama in your life so bad that you have to find a flaw to fullfil your incessant need to be downtrodden? WE WON!

  24. By Jeff T. on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    I like “Hammer” for Eddie. The old “Hammer” (Williamson) was a jerk who purposely tried to injure people. Donny Anderson tool care of him in SB II, knocking hom out of the game as I recall. Hammer is a cool name – so lets give iyt to someone with a positive image.

  25. By Carlton on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    Eddie “Money” Lacy, done.

  26. By Sledge1998 on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    jbar26, Point differential is a tie breaker. It matters.

  27. By Irv Smith on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    What a great win for the green and gold.Iwonder what Greg Jennings thinks now after going to Minnasota and seeing what his old team and friends can do with all the rookies. and going from a team that is 2-5 to a team that is 1-6. Eddie Lacy and James Starks are like Mac aurthe Lane and Brockington and the golden years Hornuning and Taylor good job GO PACK GO!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. By Packer backer on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    I like to think of Eddie Lacy like I think of Ray Nitsche,
    he doesn’t need a nickname !!!

  29. By Samuel Resz on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    Good win for the Packers. Seems like there were no injuries (finally). Hope they get healthier over the week and on to Chicago! Go Pack!
    P.S. Jennings with 1 catch for 9 yds. That’s funny.

  30. By cosmicbein on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    I like the nickname “Fast Eddie”,for Mr. Lacy.Dig it my peeps.

  31. By stellyd on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    Runs Starks even more….

  32. By OKGOPACK on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    I’m sure Greg is glad he “left so the others could shine”. We did fine without him.

  33. By McPack on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Look Ma-No IRs this week!

  34. By Walterly on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Eddy “The Load” Lacy

  35. By Walterly on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    @Sledge: Net Point differential is so down the queue as a tie breaker as to be irrelevant. Seriously.

  36. By Walterly on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Eddie “Earthquake” Lacy. lol

  37. By greenandgold12 on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    It reminded me of the 2010 Atlanta Divisional Playoff game!!! WHAT A TOTAL TEAM EFFORT!!! Aaron Rodgers 24 of 29 285 yards and 2 td’s!!! And 3 of those were throw aways!!! We probably could have dropped 60 on them!!! DEAR GREG JENNINGS: Has reality hit you yet???? Probably not, but just in case, We don’t need you!!!! Got that??? And you are poorer for it. Dude fire your agent and close your mouth!!! What a journey this season is!!! We are truly blessed!!! What a performance DAVID BAKTHIARI, BOYKIN, HYDE, WHITE ETC ETC!!!! GO PACK!!! JUST WIN BABY!!! NEXT MAN UP!!!

  38. By DaGrise on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Anybody want to watch the Packers fly back home? http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL8864

  39. By WCPackfan on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Happy about the win but like many fans I wonder about this defense. I understand that the game was well in hand but there is this thing called pride. I find it hard to believe that the defense is proud of the fact that more than half of minnesota’s yardage and almost half their points came on two drives with less than seven minutes in the game

  40. By WCPackfan on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    I agree that a win is a win. My fear is that the defense will have this same type of lapse when they can’t afford it. Kind of like the Bengals game.

  41. By WCPackfan on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    You mean help the Viqueens. A penalty against Packers would not help the Packers

  42. By WCPackfan on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Are you an 80’s guy Carlton?

  43. By WCPackfan on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Maybe he was asking for AR to put in a good word for him at the end of the game. The trade deadline is coming you know.

    I’m kidding of course.

  44. By Scott on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Eddie and “The Bruisers”

  45. By AwesomeTOwn on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Eddie “The Dagger” Lacy. That way every time he gets a score we can yell theres your Dagger.

  46. By Green Tide on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    No nickname for Eddie Lacey just yet. I would caution getting excited about a running back who has been knocked out of a game already. Let see how durable he is and how the rest of the season plays out. Right now he looks great, so did Starks and Franklin.

    Maybe we need to come up with a nickname for the extremely improved and excellently executing offensive line?

  47. By PK on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Dismantled the Queens. Da Bears nwxt. Hope Quitler heallthy.! GO PACK.

  48. By Donald Chrisman on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Way to go packers let’s keep this going bring back Donald driver

  49. By caw on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Wait…did we just finish a game WITHOUT a significant injury?

  50. By tsm on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    @Mihaela – 14 of those were garbage time points, and helped by penalties.

    It’s driving me a little crazy how great Adrian Peterson’s success against the Packers is presented and how well he has done in those games, but they fail to mention that the Vikings with Peterson are now 4-10 vs. The Pack, 0-3 at Lambeau Field when he rushes for OVER 100 yds. So what does this say?

  51. By danw on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Fred Williams was the hammer. How about the wrcking ball for lacy

  52. By Taylor on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Some of you are thinking of a different penalty. The trip penalty was obvious, no one is complaining about that one. It was the one before half time. Tramon was covering Jennings, I believe, perfectly and they called him for interference. That lead to the first TD that wasn’t a return.

  53. By Bill S. on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Have a good feeling about this team. They are well on there way to being a fine tuned machine, come playoff time. With reserves getting invaluable experience and injured players returning, we will be a tough hurdle for ANY team to get over. Just need to keep Rodgers healthy!
    VERY well balanced team, with Lacy & company…bring on DA BEARS!

  54. By DAPAKRZ on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    I do not think any NFL team can beat Green Bay when Rodgers throws the ball like that. The opening TD was disconcerting but served as a wake-up call. The kick coverage team did an excellent job after that. I watched Hyde for play for four years at (a terribly coached) Iowa. Never did I believe that the start of his NFL career would be so spectacular. Good Packers’ coaching has convinced him that his speed only allows him to run back punts north and south and, he shouldn’t have Ross’s fumbling problem. He’s a great find by TT. As it relates to the defense….don’t look now but we’re ranked 11th in total defense and 4th in rushing defense without Matthews, Hayward and Perry for much of the year. Seattle, San Fran, the Saints and Green Bay…flip a coin or draw a straw…They’re all damned good. Any of them can win the Super Bowl. If we get healthy, I like our chances…until then, next man up.

  55. By beaver on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    No one mentions Hawk, I thought he had another awesome game. I like how he doesn’t celebrate a big play, just adjusts his helmet and looks for the next call from the sideline.
    Don’t understand the concern over the D. Forget the stats, just watch the game.

  56. By postang on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Yes the hammer is a great name and Starks should be “The Nail. Because we Nail the door shut with our run game.

  57. By AZCheezehead on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Forget Forrest Gump, at our house it’s Run, Eddie, RUN!!!

  58. By BartStarrfan on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Great punt return Micah Hyde, however noticed you almost stumbled and fell around the vikings 10 yard line while showboating- grow up, play the game and quite being a showboating hotdog – when will these guys ever learn.

  59. By Sheila S on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Way to A-Rod, we did it with all the “newby” weapons. Wonder what Greg Jennings thought? He had this guilty look on his face after the game…

    LuV the Pack, win or lose!!!

    Will be in the playoffs!!!

  60. By Bil on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    How about Eddie “Arsenic and old” Lacy? I actually am not too keen on nicknames and I absolutely despise the use of “A-Rod”. How about just Eddie Lacy?

  61. By Bil on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    AJ has been playing extremely well.

  62. By Kathy on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply


  63. By mohawkchieftain on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    I refer to Ed Lacy as “Shoe”. Somehow “Shoe” Lacy seems to fit. The man kicks butt!

  64. By richard godwin on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Eddie the anvil

  65. By pack=life on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Hate to say it but, our defense can’t put a team away. I know everyone is aglow after a win and their was a lot to cheer about but, if we are not comfortably ahead our defense will give the game away. It’s not about x’s and o’s. It’s about CHOKING when you can’t CHOKE. This will rear it’s ugly head in close games like it always does if this doesn’t get fixed once and for all

  66. By pack=life on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Anvil Eddie, I like it. Great name, Richard!. Hope it catches on

  67. By shavager on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    NAH–the “Hammer” Fred Williamson was a LEFT CORNERBACK for the Chiefs in SB I, got knocked OUT of the game on a Packer sweep around right end when Donny Anderson’s knee hit him in the helmet. The Hammer went on to black exploitation films before fading from memories. Eddie “The Hammer” fits Lacy just right. When he gets through HAMMERING D-lines during the game, it will open up run game for Starks, Franklin to blow right through for big plays as Starks had on the 25 yd run. And DB’s will not want to tackle Lacy on late drives when Pack is grinding out the clock.

  68. By kimber on Oct 29, 2013 | Reply

    They did great I hope they go back to the superbowl

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