News now! Vikings win NFC North with 20-13 victory

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on January 3, 2016 – 10:37 pm

160103-q4-in-game-updates-650GREEN BAY — The Vikings ended the Packers’ division-title streak at four with a 20-13 victory at Lambeau Field on Sunday night.

A 16-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Richard Rodgers cut the Vikings’ lead to 20-10 early in the fourth quarter. The Packers defense then forced a punt and with 10 minutes to play, the Packers had the ball at their 15-yard line.

The Packers’ passing attack all of a sudden came to life. Rodgers moved the Packers across midfield with three consecutive completions. A pass to Randall Cobb put the Packers at the Vikings 25. The Packers faced a critical third-and-3, and Rodgers was sacked by Everson Griffen.

Mason Crosby moved the Packers to within a touchdown of the Vikings, 20-13, with a 43-yard goal at the 5:39 mark of the fourth quarter.

Lightning struck on the ensuing kickoff. Cordarrelle Patterson appeared as though he would go all the way, but he stumbled and fumbled the ball at the Packers 22-yard line. Micah Hyde recovered.

Rodgers immediately went to work. He threw to Cobb for a first down. Rodgers followed with a 32-yard c0mpletion to James Jones. A dump pass to John Kuhn carried to the 10-yard line.

The game and the NFC North title appeared to come down to a fourth-and-goal play from the 13-yard line. Rodgers’ pass for Jones was intercepted by Xavier Rhodes in the end zone. With only one time out remaining, but still outside the two-minute warning, the Packers hoped to get the ball back with enough time remaining to mount a drive.

Green Bay forced a punt and got the ball back at its 42-yard line with :58 to play and no times out remaining.

On fourth down, Rodgers threw to Richard Rodgers for a first down at the Vikings 46. A pass to Davante Adams at the 39 stopped the clock with :24 left. A last-second Hail Mary fell incomplete.

The Packers will travel to Washington next weekend for a wild-card round playoff game.

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