EDEN PRARIE, Minn. — Kyle Rudolph has readily received assignments as a blocker this season, but Sunday's plan called for him to be a more frequent target than an extra blocker in the pass game against the Packers.
Rudolph responded with his first game with more than 100 receiving yards. The fifth-year tight end caught six passes for 106 yards (17.7 per catch, his second-highest average in a single game) and a touchdown.
Rudolph's effort has been chosen as the Bridgestone Performance of the Week.
The scoring play — a 47-yard highlight reel grab — was a career long and gave the Vikings a 6-3 lead in the first quarter. Rudolph fought through contact from defensive back Micah Hyde at the start of the play, gained a step on him at the 20-yard line and collected a well-placed pass from Teddy Bridgewater.
Rudolph had enough speed to head toward the end zone and also enough balance to stay on his feet, despite an arm tackle from behind by Hyde.
"Kyle, he's been working hard and we know that in this offense like I say every week, a different guy will be featured or a different guy has a chance to make plays," Bridgewater said. "This week, Kyle stepped up for us. He made some big plays, and we had some favorable matchups with him on those linebackers and safeties and we liked those matchups."
Bridgewater also connected on a 33-yard completion to Rudolph, who concentrated on the ball and secured it firmly despite an armswipe from safety Morgan Burnett.
"I owed Teddy from last week after that drop, but it showed that he never lost trust in me, and is still going to throw to me," Rudolph said. "When my number is called in the passing game, I have to be ready to make plays."