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Vikings Comeback Falls Short in 21-16 Loss at Packers

GREEN BAY, Wisc. — Minnesota fell behind by 21 and rallied but it wasn't enough in a 21-16 loss on Sunday at Green Bay.

The Vikings suffered from quite a bit of self-harm, committing four turnovers, including one in the red zone on a first-and-goal from the 8, as well as eight penalties that resulted in 100 yards.

What a difference a week makes.

Very little, if anything, was difficult for the Vikings at home against Atlanta in Week 1. Virtually nothing was easy on the road at Green Bay in Week 2.

Instead of winning the turnover margin, Minnesota lost it by two.

And instead of a sack on the first snap in Week 1, the Vikings allowed a 39-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to Davante Adams.

It was 7-nothing three plays later, 14-zip by the end of the first quarter and 21-zip after the Packers third possession of the game, which started at the Minnesota 33-yard line after a sack fumble.

A 47-yard field goal attempt by Dan Bailey was wide left on the Vikings first possession, and the fumble by Kirk Cousins ended Minnesota's next series.

Dalvin Cook gave the Vikings a jolt with a 75-yard touchdown to answer Green Bay's third score of the game and make it 21-7 with 14:00 left in the first half.

Minnesota's defense was able to slow down the Packers for the rest of the half.

Xavier Rhodes forced a fumble recovered by Harrison Smith, and Jaleel Johnson stuffed a run on a third-and-1 on consecutive series.

Green Bay fell behind the chains on its next drive and punted, and the Packers were stuffed on a third-and-1 for no gain when Jayron Kearse and Smith tackled Geronimo Allison for no gain on third-and-1 from the Minnesota 25.

Rather than attempt a 43-yard field goal, the Packers went for it on fourth-and-1 when Jamaal Williams was stuffed by Linval Joseph for a loss of 2.

Minnesota took over with 1:33 remaining in the first half. Chad Beebe turned a short catch into a 61-yard gain to the Green Bay 3, and Cousins threw a quick pass over the middle to Stefon Diggs.

Under a new rule for 2019, and because the play was inside the final two minutes of a half, officials challenged that pass interference occurred. After review, Cook was flagged for contact with a defender while running a crossing route.

Minnesota settled for a 31-yard field goal to make it 21-10 at the half.

Green Bay was 4-for-8 on third downs in the first half, and Minnesota was just 1-for-6.

Cousins was 4-of-14 passing for 98 yards with an interception and a fumble lost in the first half. His passer rating was 26.5 at the end of the first 30 minutes.

Rodgers completed 16 of 22 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns for a passer rating of 121.6 in the first half, frequently pressuring him and recording sacks.

Minnesota was able to affect Rodgers more in the second half and limit the damage, but Green Bay's defense protected its lead.

Scoring summary

Q1, 12:50 remaining

Packers 7, Vikings 0

Jamaal Williams catches a 15-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kicks PAT) [4 plays, 75 yards, 2:10 time of possession]

Out of the gate: The Vikings allowed three explosive plays on the first four snaps of the game, including a 39-yard pass from Rodgers to Davante Adams on the first snap of the game. Green Bay finished the drive with a 15-yard run by Aaron Jones and the screen pass to Williams.

Q1, 3:18 remaining

Packers 14, Vikings 0

Geronimo Allison catches a 12-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kicks PAT) [11 plays, 63 yards, 5:58 time of possession]

Bad conversion rate: The Vikings allowed three third-down conversions on the possession, including gains of 14 on third-and-6, 21 on a third-and-5 and 6 on a third-and-4 from the 13. Minnesota also didn't make Green Bay pay for a false start penalty that set up a second-and-goal from the 12.

View images as the Vikings take on the Packers at Lambeau Field during Week 2.

Q2, 14:16 remaining

Packers 21, Vikings 0

Jones rushes for a 2-yard touchdown (Crosby kicks PAT) [4 plays, 33 yards, 2:00]

Short field: The Packers quickly capitalized after recovering a fumble by Kirk Cousins at the Minnesota 33, reaching the end zone after a 15-yard pass to Adams and runs of 9 and 2 by Jones that bookended a 7-yard gain on a pass to Williams.

Q2, 14:00 remaining

Packers 21, Vikings 7

Dalvin Cook rushes for a 75-yard touchdown (Dan Bailey kicks PAT) [2 plays, 75 yards, 0:16]

Breakaway: Cook was able to get to the second level and reach another gear, running away from Packers defenders for the longest rush of his career.

Q2, 0:51 remaining

Packers 21, Vikings 10

Bailey kicks a 31-yard field goal [6 plays, 60 yards, 0:42]

Costly penalty: One snap after Chad Beebe caught a short pass and turned it into a 61-yard gain to the Green Bay 3, what appeared to be a touchdown catch by Stefon Diggs was challenged by officials. After review, officials flagged Cook for offensive pass interference.

Q3, 9:12 remaining

Packers 21, Vikings 16

Diggs catches a 45-yard touchdown pass from Cousins (Bailey extra point is blocked) [3 plays, 42 yards, 0:55]

Good and bad: The Vikings overcame an offensive pass interference penalty against Adam Thielen on a throw to the end zone with a post route to Diggs, who caught the ball in traffic. Diggs, however, took off his helmet in celebration, resulting in a 15-yard.