Despite an impressive performance from rookie quarterback, Christian Ponder, the game ended in the Packers 33-27 victory at Mall of America Field in Minneapolis on Sunday October 23. At this point the Packers remain undefeated and the Vikings record drops to 1-6. Fans have become devastated by their teams inability to win (even at home). They have stop purchasing Vikings tickets and prices have dropped to an all time low.
The game did prove that going to a Saints game can show lively entertainment as both teams show strong performances. The first period saw an exchange of touch downs and ended with the score tied at 7-7.In fact the Viking had scored earlier, but the touchdown was reversed with a challenge.
The second period opened with them scoring early, but the Green Bay were not to be outdone and replied with 39-yard field-goal. With the score now at 14-10 in favor of Minnesota, they were able to add to their lead when Ryan Longwell kicked a 52-yard field goal after Christian Ponder had moved 46 yards down the field. However the Packers were able to rally late in the quarter and scored a field goal, after quarterback Aaron Rogers engineered a 53 yard drive in 7 plays that consumed just 55 seconds of playing time. The first half ended with Vikings leading at 17-13.
The second half begun with the Packers taking control and scoring a touchdown in the first 2 plays, on a 79-yard play from Rogers to G. Jennings within the first minute. On their next possession, the Packers scored again, with Aaron Rogers throwing to J. Finley for 2 -yard touchdown reception. After 5 play they were intercepted on their next possession on which the Packer were able to capitalize, by scoring a field goal from 24 yards out. The period ended with Green Bay in control, leading 33-17 as the Vikings were not able to advance and were again intercepted. The Packers were again able to capitalize on the interception by turning it into a field goal.
With the Packers now in control, the final quarter saw some impressive play from the Viking, who were able to score 10 unanswered points, with passing from rookie quarterback Christian Ponder. This would be his first game as a starter and kicker Ryan Long well also had impressive game with a 69 yard field goal, but it came a little too late as the Green Packers were able to hold on for the win.
Perhaps one of the more memorable performance was that of Green Packers quarterback, Aaron Rogers who completed 80% of his 30 attempts for a total of 335 yards, including three touchdowns. An impressive performance also came from receiver Greg Jennings, who had seven catches for 147 yards.
The rookie quarterback kept the Minnesota in the game, despite being intercepted twice, and looked aggressive after completing a 71-yard pass on his first snap. Running back Adrian Peterson , also played well despite the loss, rushing for 175 yards on 24 carries. Green Bay runner, James Starks, literally put the game away, with two big runs in the final minutes of the game and finished with 75 yards on just 13 carries. An important note, was the franchise record 58 yard field goal by Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby, which was among the four that he scored. All in all, they really have to step up their game. Purchase your Viking tickets now to cheer them towards their next victory.