MINNEAPOLIS — An interception of Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater by Packers CB Micah Hyde helped set the Packers up for their second touchdown as they took a 14-10 lead into halftime on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.
The Vikings tied the score at 7 with a 14-play, 74-yard TD drive that included two fourth-down conversions.
On the first, Minnesota faced fourth-and-5 from the Green Bay 39 — after the Packers declined a penalty that would have made it third-and-15 — and S Morgan Burnett’s interception was wiped out by a defensive holding penalty on Hyde, giving the Vikings a first down.
On the ensuing series, the Vikings faced fourth down again, this time needing just 1 yard from the Green Bay 25. RB Jerick McKinnon converted with a 3-yard run, and Bridgewater hit former Packers WR Charles Johnson for a 22-yard TD on the next play, tying the game with 11:06 left in the half.
The Packers responded with two quick first downs to get the ball near midfield, but the drive stalled and Green Bay had to punt again.
The defense got the ball back almost immediately, though, as Hyde leaped to intercept Bridgewater’s deep pass intended for WR Greg Jennings, another former Packer.
The offense took over on its own 47 and wasted no time. A 16-yard run by RB Eddie Lacy was shortened to 6 yards on a downfield holding penalty on WR Jordy Nelson, but QB Aaron Rodgers then hit WR Randall Cobb for 12 yards and TE Andrew Quarless for 34 yards down to the 1. Rodgers then ran a play-action roll to his right and threw the ball all the way back across the field to his left, to a wide open TE Richard Rodgers, standing alone in the corner of the end zone. The Packers led 14-7 with 5:23 left in the half.
The Vikings came back with a drive of their own, as Bridgewater converted a third-and-6 with an 11-yard pass to TE Kyle Rudolph and followed it up with a 10-yard slant to WR Cordarrelle Patterson and an 8-yard checkdown to McKinnon. That put the Vikings on the Green Bay 26-yard line at the two-minute warning.
A facemask penalty on Vikings LT Matt Kalil pushed Minnesota back, but a 19-yard completion to Johnson got them back into field goal range at the 21. A high pass on third down for Johnson was nearly intercepted by CB Tramon Williams, and the Vikings settled for a 39-yard FG by Blair Walsh to make it 14-10 with 16 seconds left in the half.
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