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Diggs' TD Continues Success Against NFC North Foes

GREEN BAY, Wisc. –It was another impressive outing against an NFC North opponent for Stefon Diggs.

The Vikings receiver made a splash early, snagging a 17-yard catch from Case Keenum on Minnesota's second play of the game.

Diggs, who didn't wear sleeves for the prime-time matchup, seemed unaffected by the sub-zero wind chill. On the Vikings third series of the game, Diggs was targeted downfield by Keenum and drew a pass interference call on Packers cornerback Josh Hawkins.

Diggs, who had steps on Hawkins, noticed that the pass was a little short and reacted accordingly. Hawkins made contact with Diggs before the ball arrived.

"When I start running a couple steps, I can kind of gauge where the ball is about to be," Diggs said.

The penalty moved the ball up to the Green Bay 6. After a 2-yard rush by Latavius Murray, Keenum found Diggs on second-and-goal and hit him in stride in the back of the end zone to give the Vikings a 10-0 lead.

"It was a good ball," Diggs said of the pass. "It was a great ball in the back [of the end zone], he threw it away from the guy. I just tried to make the play for Case and get my feet in.

"I kind of felt where I was at," Diggs later added. "I kind of wish I would have dragged my feet just to be a hundred percent sure, but I felt like I was in."

Diggs made another impressive grab in the third quarter. A one-handed haul-in moved the chains 11 yards and the Vikings into a goal-to-go situation.

Murray ran the ball three consecutive times and was stopped by Green Bay's defense, but Kai Forbath knocked through his second field goal of the night to extend the Vikings lead to 13.

Saturday marked Diggs third-straight game with at least five catches, his longest streak this season.

He emphasized that the offense could have played better but that walking away from a gritty game at Green Bay with a 16-0 win was rewarding.

"We didn't play the best, but we did enough to get a win, and that's what's most important," Diggs said. "We look forward to cleaning things up moving forward – just clean up the little things, and we'll be fine.

"I have to find a way to come up with the ball no matter what," he added. "When I get a chance on a 50/50 [with] a guy, I want to make all my plays."

The third-year receiver led the Vikings in receiving with five catches and 60 yards.

After the game, Keenum spoke highly of Diggs and his ability to capitalize on opportunities.

"Diggs is explosive," Keenum said. "When I gave him a chance, he made some big plays. He got behind the defense a couple other times. One, we got the [pass interference call], but there were a couple others that I'd like back. [He's a] big-play guy that can change the momentum of a game in a hurry."

Diggs' touchdown marked his third career score against the Packers and eighth total against NFC North opponents.

While he believes it's more of a coincidence that some of his bigger games have come against division rivals, Diggs said it only adds to the fun.

"I just try to make all the plays that come my way," Diggs said. "But you know, I love playing in division games, especially Green Bay." 

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