Vikings take 20-3 lead into fourth quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on January 3, 2016 – 9:48 pm

160103-q3-in-game-updates-650GREEN BAY — The Vikings scored two touchdowns in the third quarter and took a 20-3 lead into the fourth quarter of Sunday’s night’s NFC North title game showdown against the Packers.

Adrian Peterson scored from 3 yards out with 10:32 to play in the third quarter, capping a 58-yard drive that staked the Vikings to a 13-3 lead in the third quarter. The big play in the drive was a 26-yard run by wide receiver Adam Thielen on a jet sweep.

The Packers offense continued its struggles into the third quarter. Its first two possessions failed to gain a first down.

With 8:42 to play in the quarter, the Vikings took possession at their 23. Peterson had already clinched the league rushing title. On third down, Teddy Bridgewater attempted a left-handed pass while under a heavy rush. The pass was intercepted by Micah Hyde at the Vikings 43. The Packers had a surprising opening.

On a third-and-12 play, however, the Vikings stunned a crowd of 78,000-plus (a significant portion of which were wearing purple) by forcing a Rodgers fumble as he attempted to pass. The fumble was forced by defensive end Everson Griffen and was returned by cornerback Captain Munnerlyn 55 yards for a touchdown and a 20-3 lead with 4:28 to play in the third quarter.

It was announced Peterson had sustained a back injury and his return was questionable.

Late in the quarter, Rodgers hit James Jones with a 32-yard completion at the Vikings 43. The Packers converted a critical fourth-and-4 with a Rodgers-to-Cobb pass. The quarter ended with the Packers at the Vikings 26.

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