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MINNEAPOLIS — Two Monday Night Football games, two losses by Minnesota this month.
But this one was at home, against rival Green Bay, and it allowed the Packers to win the NFC North.
Failure to maximize opportunities in the first half was followed by disastrous second half, spoiling a night when a Vikings record crowd of 67,157 filled U.S. Bank Stadium.
In addition to losing 23-10, the Vikings also lost Eric Kendricks in the first half and Anthony Barr in the second half. Barr, who handles the defensive calls, left the game in the fourth quarter.
Aaron Jones made his way through traffic and then found room on the left side for a 56-yard touchdown that broke the game open with 5:51 remaining.
The Vikings already were in the NFC Playoffs, but still had a shot to win the division. Minnesota needed to defeat Green Bay and have the Packers (12-3) lose or tie to the Lions in Week 17.
Now, the Vikings (10-5) will be the No. 6 seed, regardless of what happens next week against the Bears.
The bigger question may be who will be available on Wild Card weekend when Minnesota visits the team that claims the No. 3 seed.
The Vikings were without running backs Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison, and the status of Kendricks and Barr is unknown.
Jones rushed 23 times for 154 yards, averaging 6.7 yards per carry, and scoring two touchdowns.
The Vikings limited Aaron Rodgers to 26-of-40 passing for 216 yards and a passer rating of 68.3.
Anthony Harris recorded his sixth interception of the season, which was only the third thrown by Rodgers in 2019.
The Packers, however, contained Minnesota's rush attack to 57 yards on 16 attempts and limited Kirk Cousins to 16-of-31 passing (51.6 percent) for 122 yards. He was sacked five times and threw an interception that Kevin King returned 39 yards in the third quarter. Cousins' passer rating was 58.8.
Stefon Diggs led Minnesota with 57 yards on three catches. Adam Thielen, in his second game back from a hamstring injury, was held without a catch on four targets.
Counterpart Davante Adams led Green Bay with 13 catches and 116 yards through the air.
The Vikings led 10-9 at halftime thanks to three turnovers, two of which preceded all 10 points by Minnesota.
The Packers, however, had better stats in the opening 30 minutes, outgaining the Vikings 221 to 68.
Rodgers completed 18 of 30 passes for 156 yards and threw one interception for a passer rating of 59.9, but Cousins was 4-of-12 passing for 39 yards — 21 of which were gained on the touchdown to Diggs. Cousins' had a passer rating 71.2 in the first half.
The Vikings also turned to trickery but to no avail. Minnesota ran a reverse, getting the ball to Diggs and sending Cousins out on the right side. The quarterback was open, but the ball was overthrown.
Green Bay also rushed for 66 yards on 14 attempts, compared to 42 yards on 11 attempts by Minnesota in the first half.
Q1, 13:11 remaining
Vikings 3, Packers 0
Dan Bailey kicks a 23-yard field goal [4 plays, 5 yards, 0:49 time of possession]
Prime position: The Vikings were able to put the first points on the board thanks to a 24-yard fumble return by Eric Kendricks to the Packers 10-yard line. Anthony Barr forced the fumble on the third play of the game after a short reception by Aaron Jones.
Q1, 2:00 remaining
Vikings 3, Packers 3
Mason Crosby kicks a 42-yard field goal [9 plays, 49 yards, 4:04 time of possession]
Drive stalled: Kendricks had solid coverage on a play-action pass to fullback Danny Vitale on second-and-3, and Jones dropped a pass on third-and-3 from the 25.
Q2, 13:33 remaining
Vikings 10, Packers 3
Stefon Diggs catches a 21-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Bailey kicks PAT) [3 plays, 26 yards, 1:19 time of possession]
Won at the line: Diggs executed a quick step at the line of scrimmage to create separation from Jaire Alexander and finished the play with a solid grab on a beauty from Cousins.
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Q2, 7:00 remaining
Vikings 10, Packers 6
Crosby kicks a 33-yard field goal [13 plays, 60 yards, 6:33 time of possession]
Stop in red zone: The Vikings forced consecutive incompletions after the Packers advanced to the 15. Barr's pressure on Aaron Rodgers caused the quarterback to zip it out of bounds on second-and-5, and Mackensie Alexander followed by breaking up a pass to Geronimo Allison in the end zone.
Q2 0:00 remaining
Vikings 10, Packers 9
Crosby kicks a 19-yard field goal [8 plays, 54 yards, 0:55 time of possession]
Q3, 2:03 remaining
Packers 17, Vikings 10
Jones rushes for a 12-yard touchdown (2-point conversion pass from Rodgers to Allison) [8 plays, 53 yards, 5:09 time of possession]
Seizing ball and momentum: A 39-yard interception return by Kevin King gave Green Bay the ball at its 47, and the Packers followed with gains of 8, 6, 9 and 12 on four consecutive first-down plays.
Q4, 5:51 remaining
Packers 23, Vikings 10
Jones rushes for a 56-yard touchdown (Crosby misses PAT wide right) [3 plays, 75 yards, 1:49]
Costly play: One snap before the score, Anthon Barr was injured on a pass that gained 18 yards.