View images from the week 12 matchup at TCF Bank Stadium between the Vikings and Packers.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings showed considerable progress in their second meeting this season against the Packers but fell 24-21 on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.
Teddy Bridgewater threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings and a two-point conversion to Charles Johnson for the game's final points with 3:28 left in the game.
Green Bay (8-3), however, was able to seal the victory with short runs by Eddie Lacy to churn the clock after reclaiming possession of the ball at its own 20.
Bridgewater had drawn a roughing the passer penalty during the conversion, but Minnesota (4-7) opted to put the kickoff from the 50 into the end zone instead of trying an onside kick.
Aaron Rodgers used his legs on a key drive in the fourth quarter. Facing third-and-6 on a dropback, Rodgers had no one open but saw plenty of running room and scrambled for an 18-yard gain to move the ball to the Minnesota 38. Green Bay scored four plays later on a 10-yard touchdown on a shovel pass to Lacy for a 24-13 lead with 8:34 left in the game.
Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer opted to aggressively go for it on a pair of fourth downs early in the second quarter, and was rewarded with first downs and a touchdown. The first was due to a holding penalty drawn by receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, and the second was a run by Jerick McKinnon, who gained the yard he needed to put the ball at the Green Bay 22 for a new set of downs.
Bridgewater connected with Johnson on the following play to tie the game at 7 with 11:06 remaining in the first half.
Each of the Packers two touchdown drives in the first half included an impressive pass by Rodgers that few quarterbacks can replicate. Rodgers drilled a throw to Randall Cobb who gained 29 yards on the play to convert a third-and-10 despite blanket coverage by Captain Munnerlyn. Lacy scored from 1-yard out three plays later.
The second impressive throw was more improbable. Rodgers used play action and rolled to his right. He backpedaled and faded away toward the Packers sideline before unleashing the ball back across the field to a wide open Richard Rodgers near the back corner of the end zone. The play went down as a 1-yard TD pass, but the ball traveled approximately 50 yards in the air.
Minnesota had field goals of 39 and 51 yards from Blair Walsh, who is now 17-for-21 on attempts from 50 or more yards during his three-year career.