Early in the second quarter, the Packers led 7-3 and caught a break to short-circuit a promising Vikings drive. RB Adrian Peterson had carried four times for 28 yards on the possession, but after catching a short pass, he was stripped by LB A.J. Hawk, and LB Andy Mulumba recovered the fumble.
Replays showed Hawk had a hold of Peterson’s facemask before knocking the ball out, but no flag was thrown.
The Packers went three-and-out following the turnover and then pinned the Vikings on their own 2-yard line with a perfect punt by P Tim Masthay.
The Vikings responded with a 69-yard drive for a FG to get within 7-6. A 22-yard run by Peterson and a 31-yard pass to WR Jerome Simpson on third down got Minnesota into scoring range. A second-down sack by LB Brad Jones — Green Bay’s third sack of the game — helped the defense get the stop and force the FG try, which was good from 47 yards.
After another three-and-out by the Packers offense, the Vikings took the lead. A 23-yard pass to Simpson became an even bigger play when 15 yards were tacked on for a personal foul on S Morgan Burnett for hitting a defenseless receiver.
A 20-yard pass to TE Chase Ford made it goal-to-go, and then Peterson finished the drive with a 1-yard TD run with 50 seconds left in the half.
The Packers got the ball back across midfield on their final chance, but QB Scott Tolzien scrambled for 19 yards up the middle on the last play and the clock ran out.
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