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Green Bay Packers 23, Minnesota Vikings 14: How they scored

Dec. 2, 2012
 

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Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones (89) prays in the end zone after scoring on a 32-yard touchdown pass during the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media

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Scoring plays from Sunday's game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. The Packers won 23-14.

Minnesota 0 14 0 0 — 14
Green Bay 10 0 10 3 — 23

First quarter

Packers 7, Vikings 0

James Jones, 32-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), 11:26.

Keys: The Packers started in their no-huddle offense with Alex Green in the backfield. He responded with three carries for 16 yards, including a 9-yard carry off right tackle after whiffing on a block on an Rodgers 8-yard scramble on the previous play. On the drive, Rodgers completed four of four passes for 46 yards, including the touchdown pass to Jones on a seam route over A.J. Jefferson to beat the Vikings’ Cover-2.

Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:34.

Packers 10, Vikings 0

Crosby, 30-yard field goal, 4:07.

Keys: Rodgers completed his first three passes on the drive to start the game 7-of-7 passing. Jones appeared to have his second touchdown after diving into the end zone after a 14-yard completion, but it was negated by a T.J. Lang holding penalty. The Packers settled for the field goal, which banged off the left upright and in.

Drive: 12 plays, 52 yards, 5:56.

Second quarter

Packers 10, Vikings 7

Kyle Rudolph, 7-yard pass from Christian Ponder (Blair Walsh kick), 12:18.

Keys: After going three-and-out on the first drive, Minnesota fed Adrian Peterson the ball on the first four plays before two completions off play-action to Rudolph. The Vikings drove down to the Packers’ 3, but Ponder fumbled the handoff on first-and-goal. The following play, Ponder rolled off play-action and blazed a pass past Brad Jones and into the arms of Rudolph, who came across the middle on a crossing pattern.

Drive: 14 plays, 71 yards, 6:49.

Vikings 14, Packers 10

Peterson, 82-yard run (Walsh kick), 5:08.

Keys: The Vikings continued to keep their offense simple, starting with a Ponder scramble that went for 9 yards after Erik Walden overran him in the backfield. A.J. Hawk helped stuff Peterson on second-and-1 for no gain, but Peterson plowed through would-be tacklers Tramon Williams, M.D. Jennings and Morgan Burnett for the score.

Drive: 3 plays, 91 yards, 1:27.

Third quarter

Vikings 14, Packers 13

Crosby, 47-yard field goal, 7:47.

Keys: With Lang out for the rest of the day, Packers rookie Don Barclay settled in during the series after a rough start. A 21-yard pass to Jermichael Finley on third-and-9 got the drive going. When the drive stalled at the Minnesota 29, the Packers threatened to go for it on fourth-and-7, causing the Vikings to call time out. Green Bay then sent out Crosby, who was good from 47 yards after missing from 53 before halftime.

Drive: 12 plays, 51 yards, 6:04.

Packers 20, Vikings 14

James Starks, 22-yard run (Crosby kick), 2:12.

Keys: With the momentum swinging back to the Packers’ favor, Green ran for 18 yards on his first two carries of the drive. On the fourth play, Ryan Taylor set a good block in front of Starks off right tackle to help spring Starks outside for a touchdown on his longest run of the season.

Drive: 4 plays, 51 yards, 1:53.

Fourth quarter

Packers 23, Vikings 14

Crosby, 31-yard field goal, 4:00.

Keys: The Packers carved out a season-long scoring drive when they needed one the most, converting on four third-down plays en route to creating a two-score gap. The drive received its biggest spark on a third-and-12 play when Rodgers hit Randall Cobb for a 33-yard gain that put the Packers inside the Minnesota 10.

Drive: 18 plays, 73 yards, 11:00.

Attendance: 70,567.

— Weston Hodkiewicz, whodkiew@greenbaypressgazette.com.

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