Green Bay Packers (3-2) 42, Minnesota Vikings (2-3) 10
Thursday October 2nd 2014 (at Green Bay)
GAME RECAP (SportsNetwork.com)
(GREEN BAY) - Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 42-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. Rodgers finished with 156 passing yards on 12-of-17 efficiency and Eddie Lacy had a season-high 105 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries for the Packers (3-2), who were coming off a 38-17 win over Chicago last week. Jordy Nelson had a 66-yard touchdown catch, while Davante Adams and Randall Cobb also caught a scoring pass. Christian Ponder rushed for a touchdown and completed 22 of his 44 passes for 222 yards and two interceptions for Minnesota (2-3), which was without starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater due to a sprained left ankle. Matt Asiata rushed 15 times for 72 yards and Adam Thielen had 57 yards on four catches in defeat. "We have to learn how to stop the run and quit doing dumb things," Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said. On Green Bay's second drive of the game, Lacy broke off consecutive runs of 18 and 29 yards to place the Packers at Minnesota's 14 before Rodgers found Cobb darting across the back of the end zone for an 8-yard score. Nelson beat a defender on a double move and tracked down Rodgers' bomb over the middle for a 66-yard touchdown on Green Bay's next possession, giving the Packers a 14-0 lead with just over five minutes left in the first quarter. Green Bay went up 21-0 with 6:51 to play in the first half after Ponder's arm was hit and his throw was picked off by Julius Peppers, who took it back 49 yards for a score. Ponder was intercepted again on Minnesota's next drive, this time by Jamari Lattimore at Minnesota's 20. Rodgers hit Andrew Quarless for a 9-yard pickup and then Adams hauled in a pass from 11 yards out for a 28-0 lead. "It makes it easier on our offense to have a quick turnaround with the turnovers," Nelson said. "It allows us to be in an aggressive mode." Minnesota's offense finally started to gain traction by making two first downs on its next series, but Asiata had the ball knocked out by Morgan Burnett and Casey Hayward recovered it at the Packers' 34-yard line with 1:56 to go in the first half. Green Bay extended its lead by scoring again on its first drive of the second half. After a defensive pass interference call placed Green Bay at the Vikings' 11, Lacy ran to his left, bounced off a defender, cut to his right and into the end zone for an 11-yard score. Lacy powered his way through a defender for a 10-yard score to cap a 7-play, 52-yard drive with under four minutes to play in the third, putting the Packers up by a 42-0 score. Ponder's 17-yard completion to Greg Jennings to Green Bay's 45 late in the third was only Minnesota's second play reaching into its opponent's territory. Jarius Wright hauled in an 18-yard pass and Thielen extended the drive with a 13-yard catch on third down to set up Ponder's 6-yard rushing score six seconds into the fourth. Matt Flynn entered the game at quarterback for the Packers but was intercepted on 3rd-and-4 by Harrison Smith at the Green Bay 30, setting up an eventual 26- yard field goal from Blair Walsh with 10:07 to play.
Game Notes: Peppers had his fifth career touchdown...Adams recorded his first NFL touchdown catch, which came on Rodgers' 200th career scoring pass...Minnesota was shut out in the first half for the first time since Nov. 27, 2011 against Atlanta...Green Bay is 8-1-1 in its last 10 games against Minnesota...The Packers' defense has amassed seven interceptions in the last four games.
                         MINNESOTA   GREEN BAY
First downs                     20          15
Rushes-yards                25-111      28-156
Net Passing yards              188         164
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     44-22-2     22-25-1
Sacked-Yards Lost             6-34        2-14
Punts-Average               7-43.4      6-50.7
Fumbles-Lost                   1-1         0-0
Penalties-Yards               9-91        5-30
Time of Possession           32:09       27:51
MINNESOTA -   0   0   0  10  - 10 
GREEN BAY -  14  14  14   0  - 42
1st - GB - Randall Cobb, 8-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Jordy Nelson, 66-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - GB - Julius Peppers, 49-yard interception return (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 21-0
2nd - GB - Davante Adams, 11-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 28-0
3rd - GB - Eddie Lacy, 11-yard run (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 35-0
3rd - GB - Lacy, 10-yard run (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 42-0
4th - MINN - Christian Ponder, 6-yard run (Blair Walsh kick) GREEN BAY 42-7
4th - MINN - Walsh, 26-yard field goal GREEN BAY 42-10
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Eddie Lacy 13-105 2 TD, James Starks 12-46, John Kuhn 2-6, Matt Flynn 1-(-1)
MINNESOTA - Matt Asiata 15-72, Jerick McKinnon 7-24, Christian Ponder 3-15 1 TD
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 17-121-156 3 TD, Matt Flynn 5-3-22 1 INT
MINNESOTA - Christian Ponder 44-22-222 2 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Randall Cobb 3-34 1 TD, Eddie Lacy 3-27, Andrew Quarless 2-19, Jeff Janis 2-16, James Starks 2-2, Jordy Nelson 1-66 1 TD, Davante Adams 1-11 1 TD, John Kuhn 1-3
MINNESOTA - Adam Thielen 4-57, Chase Ford 3-31, Jarius Wright 3-27, Jerick McKinnon 3-22, Greg Jennings 2-31, Joe Banyard 2-11, Cordarrelle Patterson 2-8, MarQueis Gray 1-16, Rhett Ellison 1-12, Charles Johnson 1-7
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
Sunday October 5th
Buffalo 17, DETROIT 14 - Dan Carpenter hit a 58-yard field goal with just four seconds to play and the Buffalo Bills pulled off a 17-14 win over the Detroit Lions. Kyle Orton, making his first start for Buffalo in place of a benched EJ Manuel, threw for 308 yards and a touchdown on 30-of-43 passing with an interception for the Bills (3-2), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Matthew Stafford went 18-for-31 for 221 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the Lions (3-2), who had won their previous two games. Golden Tate caught seven passes for 134 yards and a score.
CAROLINA 31, Chicago 24 - Greg Olsen's second touchdown catch of the game late in the fourth quarter led the Carolina Panthers to a 31-24 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Olsen had six catches for 72 yards while Cam Newton went 19-for-35 for 255 yards with two touchdowns and an interception while also losing a fumble for the Panthers (3-2), who ended a two-game slide. Matt Forte had 12 catches for 105 yards and a score, while adding 17 carries for 61 yards for the Bears (2-3), but had a late fumble that led to Carolina's winning score. Jay Cutler went 28-for-36 with 289 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, adding a touchdown on the ground and a lost fumble for Chicago, which has lost its last two games.
NFC NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS
Detroit      3   1   0   .750    85   62
Chicago      2   2   0   .500    92  100
Minnesota    2   2   0   .500    89   84
GREEN BAY    2   2   0   .500    92   96
Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy knocks the helmet off of Minnesota Vikings strong safety Robert Blanton as he scores a touchdown in the third quarter. Wm.Glasheen/Post-Crescent Media
Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Julius Peppers runs back an interception for a touchdown against Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder in the second quarter. Wm.Glasheen/Post-Crescent Media
Green Bay Packers defenders combine to sack quarterback Christian Ponder (7) in the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings during Thursday night's game at Lambeau Field. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette