The Packers won the toss and deferred their choice. The Vikings converted a third-and-11 and two plays later they had a first down just across midfield. The drive stopped there and following a punt the Packers put the ball in play at their 20-yard line.
James Starks ran for 9 yards on the Packers’ first play. On third-and-1, Aaron Rodgers completed a short pass to James Jones for 2 yards and a first down.
On third-and-5, Rodgers completed a 25-yard pass to Jones at the Vikings 39. The Packers faced another third-and-1. This time, Starks was stopped short and Coach Mike McCarthy made his first bold move of the game, it appeared, and then Rodgers hard-counted the Vikings offside for a first down at the Vikings 25.
The Vikings held on third-and-10, forcing a 42-yard field goal attempt by Mason Crosby. With 4:49 to play in the first quarter, the Packers led, 3-0.
Two carries by Adrian Peterson moved the ball across midfield. Two plays later, the Vikings scored on a 47-yard, play-action pass from Teddy Bridgewater to Kyle Rudolph. With 3:01 to play, the Vikings led, 6-3, after the PAT kick was missed.
Packers defensive back Micah Hyde sustained a hip injury on the Rudolph touchdown play and left the field on a cart. It was announced center Corey Linsley sustained a knee injury and his return was questionable, as was Hyde’s. Linsley was replaced by JC Tretter.
Jeff Janis returned the ensuing kickoff 70 yards to the Vikings 34, and the Vikings’ lead appeared as though it would be short-lived. Eddie Lacy ran for 9 yards, but on third-and-1 Lacy was thrown for a 4-yard loss. Crosby came on to kick a 47-yard field goal, tying the game, 6-6, with 1:37 to play.
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