News now! Vikings take 6-3 lead at halftime

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 3, 2016 – 8:50 pm

160103-q2-in-game-updates-650GREEN BAY — A battle of field goals was 6-3 in favor of Minnesota at halftime on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

The Packers began the second quarter with the ball but did nothing with it. QB Aaron Rodgers was sacked on third down by S Harrison Smith and DT Tom Johnson, forcing a punt. Vikings PR Marcus Sherels muffed the punt, as Packers gunner Jeff Janis knocked it out of his arms, but the ball bounced out of bounds, so Minnesota kept possession.

Green Bay returned the favor on the Vikings’ possession, as LB Julius Peppers sacked QB Teddy Bridgewater on third down, forcing the Vikings to punt. The sack gave Peppers 10 1/2 on the season as he reached double digits for the first time since 2012.

The Packers went nowhere again, though, punting after a three-and-out and giving the Vikings good field position on their own 43.

The Vikings wasted no time getting into scoring range, as Bridgewater hit passes of 16 yards to WR Adam Thielen and 15 yards to RB Jerick McKinnon. A personal foul on LB Clay Matthews after a short run by RB Adrian Peterson gave the Vikings a first down on the Green Bay 11, but Matthews atoned for his penalty with a sack of Bridgewater on third down. Minnesota had to settle for a 32-yard FG by K Blair Walsh, putting the Vikings ahead, 6-3, with 2:55 left in the half.

Green Bay got moving on its next drive, as WR Davante Adams broke a couple of tackles on a short pass and picked up 24 yards in all. A pass interference penalty on CB Terence Newman gave the Packers a first down across midfield, and Green Bay decided to go for it on fourth-and-5 from the Minnesota 40. A deep pass to WR James Jones was incomplete, though, giving the ball back to the Vikings with 46 seconds left in the half.

A 10-yard pass to McKinnon put the ball at midfield with 34 seconds left, as the Vikings called their second timeout. Mike Daniels batted down a pass at the line of scrimmage, and then Matthews got pressure to force a throwaway by Bridgewater. A pass to WR Stefon Diggs on third-and-10 gained eight yards, and the Vikings used their final timeout with 15 seconds left and the ball on the Green Bay 42. An attempt to draw the Packers offside on fourth-and-2 didn’t work, and the Vikings punted after the delay-of-game penalty.

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