Minnesota Vikings (4-4) 21, Green Bay Packers (6-2) 7
Sunday October 22nd 1978 (at Minnesota)
(MINNESOTA) - The long and winding road for Fran Tarkenton and the Minnesota Vikings took a positive turn with a 21-7 victory over the Green Bay Packers. Tarkenton, criticized this season by hometown fans and media, connected on three touchdown strikes and passed the 45,000 mark in career passing yardage as the Vikings knocked a game off the Packers' division lead and kept their playoff hopes alive. "That's pretty amazing for a guy who can't throw the ball anymore, isn't it?" said Tarkenton, who raised his 18-year total to 45,143 yards with 26 completions in 43 attempts for 262 yards. "Actually, I wasn't aware of it until you told me," he said to a reporter. "I've been throwing the ball pretty well for the last six weeks; hell, for the whole season." Tarkenton, who beat the Green Bay blitz frequently, was asked if he thought the Packers hurt themselves too much with an all-out rush. "I can't knock what they're doing," he said. "And I don't think anyone is going to change anything just because they lost one game. They're 6-2. We're 4-4, that's still a long ways to go." Green Bay Coach Bart Starr was disappointed but not glum, despite an 0-7 record against the Vikings as a coach. "They still know how to win," he said. "But I found out one thing, we can play with them and I'll still take our position." Minnesota Coach Bud Grant, 19-4 against the Packers lifetime, admitted that the Packers' two-game lead is still formidable but not impossible to overcome.
GREEN BAY -  0  7  0  0 -  7
MINNESOTA -  0 14  0  7 - 21
                       GREEN BAY     MINNESOTA
First downs                   14            22
Rush-yards-TDs          25-129-1       32-60-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 20-32-152-0-1 26-43-262-3-0
Sacked-yards                5-34          2-28
Net pass yards               118           234
Total yards                  247           294
Fumbles-lost                 2-1           1-1
Turnovers                      2             1
Penalties-yards           10-111         10-94
2nd - MIN - Chuck Foreman, 16-yd pass from Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick) MINNESOTA 7-0
2nd - GB - Middleton, 3-yard run (Marcol kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - MIN - Ahmad Rashad, 4-yard pass from Tarkenton (Danmeier kick) MINNESOTA 14-7
4th - MIN - Rashad, 15-yard pass from Tarkenton (Danmeier kick) MINNESOTA 21-7
GREEN BAY - Terdell Middleton 15-81 1 TD, Barty Smith 7-32, David Whitehurst 1-8, Eric Torkelson 2-8
MINNESOTA - Chuck Foreman 24-46, Rickey Young 4-8, Greg Coleman 1-5, Brent McClanahan 1-2, Sammy Johnson 1-1, Fran Tarkenton 1-(-1)
GREEN BAY - David Whitehurst 30-18-120 1 INT, Dennis Sproul 2-2-32
MINNESOTA - Fran Tarkenton 43-26-262 3 TD
GREEN BAY - Barty Smith 6-54, Terdell Middleton 5-14, Rich McGeorge 4-40, James Lofton 4-38, Steve Odom 1-6
MINNESOTA - Rickey Young 7-73, Chuck Foreman 7-47 1 TD, Ahmad Rashad 6-56 2 TD, Sammy White 5-66, Bob Tucker 1-20