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Vikings Pick off Rodgers 3 Times; Win Tight Battle at Home 28-21
Minneapolis, MN - Regardless of team records, every NFC North showdown between the Pack and the Vikings is must-see television. This one would be dominated by both team's ground games; the difference being three costly turnover by Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers, who struggled against one of the top pass defenses in the league.
The Vikings would receive the ball first, and put together a methodical drive that ended with a 1-yard TD run by Ronnie Brown. Many were surprised that he and Bernard Scott started the game above Toby Gerhart who was finally back from a 6-game absence due to injury. The coaching staff has done well with the 1-2 punch of Brown & Bernard with AP out, and decided to stick with the combo against GB. The Packers first drive ended quickly, with Aaron Rodgers throwing his first INT on just their 2nd play from scrimmage. The Vikings would turn it into 6 just minutes later; another TD run for HB Ronnie Brown early in the 2nd quarter. The Packers would recover, however, sparked by a long kickoff return by DuJuan Harris and mostly behind the legs of their own HB duo - Eddie Lacy & DuJuan Harris. Rodgers would hit Jordy Nelson from 16 yards out to cut the lead in half, 14-7. Two straight drops on the Vikings next possession lead to a punt, and Rodgers would take the Packers 80 yards over the final 3:45. On a critical 4th and 1 inside the 5, the Pack elected to go for it and just got the first down. With 10 seconds left and no timeouts, the Packers continued to gamble - two incompletions were followed by a nice 3-yrd catch by Randall Cobb as time expired at the end of the first half, score tied 14-14.
With momentum on their side, the Packers would open the 2nd half and strike quickly on a 69-yard TD run by rookie Eddie Lacy, who seemed to break tackles all game long. The Vikings would respond, however, with another long drive ending with a 7-yd TD pass on Cordarrelle Patterson from newly acquired QB Sam Bradford. Rodgers would throw his second INT of the game on their next drive, and the Vikings would make him pay - a 10-yd TD run by HB Bernard Scott.
The 4th quarter was dominated by defense. On 3rd down, in the red zone Rodgers would be picked off a 3rd time by MLB Erin Henderson at the 1 yard line that essentially sealed the game. The Pack would get one last shot to force a punt, but HB Toby Gerhart came into the game for the first time, caught a screen pass and just got past the first down marker to seal the game.
Final Score: Vikings 28, Packers 21
Great game, BrewBomber! I look forward to our rematch in Wisconsin...
Players of Game:
QB Sam Bradford - 19 of 23, 193 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT
HB Ronnie Brown - 11 carries, 63 yds, 2 TD
MLB Erin Henderson - 4 Tackles, 2 TFL, 1 INT, 1 PD
HB Eddie Lacy - 16 carries, 134 yds, 1 TD
WR Jordy Nelson - 3 catches, 51 yds, 1 TD
Bengals get win against AFC foe
Cincy gets the W at home over the high powered offense of the New York Jets 31-41. Both teams put on a show as the battled it out in a slightly windy affair. The Bengals would get the ball rolling in the first quarter with a 6 yard Dalton to Gresham TD pass. Cincy would put another score on teh board after a nice drive that would culminate in a Green-Ellis 2 rushing touchdown. The second quarter is where the Jets would come alive. After a stalled drive, Nick Folk would get them on the board with a FG. The Bengals tried to answer with a TD drive but was only able to muster a FG. The Geno Smith make a great throw to Stephen Hill for a 83 yard TD that just beat the outstretched arms of Reggie Nelson. The Bengals would have to settle for another Nugent FG as the Jets defense stiffened up near the redzone. Smith would lead another nice drive that ended with another TD for Hill, this time from 18 yards out. The score was 17-20 at the half.
The second half would begin with the Bengals receiving and driving down the field 80 yards to a Geo Bernard 5 yard TD. The Jets and Smith would come back with with a TD drive of their own. After a stalled drive and punt, Smith quickly got his team in position to score with a drive that only took a couple of minutes. The drive would end with a 6 yard TD run from Green. The Jets would have the lead going into the fourth 31-27. From there, the Bengals would rally on offense and defense. Dalton got his act together to hit receiver after receiver until he found Green on nice slant route and well place ball to beat the coverage for 15 yard TD to grab the lead. After a missed FG by Folk, Dalton quickly capitalized finding Sanu on a in route. He would race to endzone for the score after a missed tackle. The secondary would get their crap together also and forced another Geno Smith INT, the second of the game and the second by Fitzpatrick to seal the win.
Dalton / 20-24 350 yards, 3 TDs
Green-Ellis / 28 carries, 87 yards, 1 TD
Sanu / 5 catches, 118 yards, 1 TD
Atkins / 2 sacks
Kirkpatrick / 2 INTs , 1 FF
Hitmhrd72 that missed FG, i don't know how i missed it smh...It wasn't full power but it was damn close to it...it was weird. That and I couldn't force any turnovers...very good passing game...we will adjust...hope to see you playoffs...
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