News now! Turnovers help Packers extend lead

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 2, 2014 – 8:54 pm


GREEN BAY — A string of turnovers by the Vikings helped the Packers double their lead to 28-0 at halftime on Thursday night at Lambeau Field.

The Packers defense extended the lead to 21-0 all by itself midway through the second quarter.

Packers DT Luther Robinson, who was signed to the active roster from the practice squad hours before kickoff, pressured Vikings QB Christian Ponder and appeared to hit his arm on a pass. The ball floated into the hands of Packers LB Julius Peppers, who ran across to the other side of the field and up the sideline for a 49-yard TD return.

It was Peppers’ first touchdown since 2009 while playing for the Panthers.

Two plays into the Vikings’ next drive, the Packers had another interception, this one by LB Jamari Lattimore, the first pick of his career. Lattimore snagged a throw on a crossing route that was behind RB Jerick McKinnon and returned it to the Minnesota 20-yard line.

The offense needed just three plays to convert that into points. After a 9-yard pass to TE Andrew Quarless, QB Aaron Rodgers hit WR Davante Adams on a slant on third-and-1 and he waltzed into the end zone for a 28-0 lead with 4:51 left in the half.

The Vikings then turned it over on a third straight possession, as RB Matt Asiata fumbled at the end of an 11-yard run and Packers CB Casey Hayward recovered.

The Packers didn’t do anything with that turnover, going three-and-out.

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