Green Bay Packers (7-3) 30, Minnesota Vikings (7-3) 13
Sunday November 22nd 2015 (at Minnesota)
GAME RECAP (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(MINNESOTA) - Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers reminded the Minnesota Vikings whose division this has been this decade. Rodgers threw for 212 yards and a pair of touchdown passes, Datone Jones had two of Green Bay's six sacks and the Packers stopped a three-game losing streak with a convincing 30-13 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday to pull even in the NFC North race. James Jones had six catches for 109 yards and a score, Eddie Lacy rushed for a season-high 100 yards on 22 carries and the Packers (7-3) beat the rival Vikings for the 10th time in the last 11 meetings with Rodgers at quarterback. He has thrown for 28 touchdown passes with just three interceptions in those games. The Vikings (7-3) had their six-game winning streak shoved back in their face by a proud Packers team that clearly wasn't ready to concede a division it has won four straight times. The rematch is on Jan. 3 in Green Bay. Right after the ugliest of those three defeats, an 18-16 decision at home against Detroit, Rodgers and the Packers roared back with one of his vintage performances against the Vikings to the delight of the enemy fans chanting, "Go, Pack, Go!" throughout the evening. Rodgers rolled right with plenty of time on third-and-9 and zinged the ball to Jones at the edge of the end zone for a 27-yard score on the first play of the fourth quarter. He shoveled the 2-point conversion pass to Jones, too, for a 27-13 lead. Then, Adrian Peterson, who was held to a quiet 45 yards on 13 rushes with one touchdown, lost a fumble at the Packers 21 after a 10-yard gain. Bridgewater took back-to-back sacks to prompt a punt on the next possession, all but sealing the first loss at home for the Vikings in eight games since the Packers won here almost exactly a year ago. Teddy Bridgewater took quite a bruising, leaving the game briefly with an injury to his left shoulder but managing to finish 25 for 37 for 296 yards and a touchdown without any turnovers. The Packers went without a sack on their entire three-game losing streak. Mason Crosby made all five of his field goal tries, rounding out the kind of balanced performance they've been lacking all season. This was the first time this season the Vikings, who entered the weekend with the league's second-lowest defensive scoring average, gave up more than 23 points. Peterson, the NFL's leading rusher who passed the 1,000-yard mark for the seventh time in his nine-year career, averaged 116 yards over the first 15 times he played the Packers with four games of 150-plus yards. The Packers settled for mid-range field goals by Crosby on their first three drives, moving the ball just enough in the face of a fierce Vikings pass rush to put up some points. One of those was set up by a 70-yard kickoff return by Jeff Janis that followed Bridgewater's 47-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph, who finished with 106 yards. Then the Packers used a 50-yard pass interference penalty on Terence Newman, who was covering Janis on third-and-15 from the 15, to move in for more at the end of the first half. An illegal contact call on Anthony Barr during a third-down incompletion gave Rodgers yet another opportunity, and with 10 seconds left he found Cobb on third down for The Vikings started the previous drive at the Packers 42, but they went three-and-out before a 27-yard punt, the kind of stumble that was far too frequent for them.
                         GREEN BAY     MINNESOTA
First downs                     19            16
Rushes-yards                34-124         18-94
Net Passing yards              196           248
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     34-16-0       38-25-0
Sacked-Yards Lost             2-16          6-48
Punts-Average               4-38.0        6-40.8
Fumbles                        0-0           1-1
Penalties-Yards               4-19         8-110
Time of Possession           30:22         29:38
GREEN BAY -  6  10   3  11  - 30
MINNESOTA -  6   0   7   0  - 13
1st - GB - Mason Crosby, 42-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
1st - MINN - Kyle Rudolph, 47-yard pass from Teddy Bridgewater (Kick failed) MINNESOTA 6-3
1st - GB - Crosby, 47-yard field goal TIED 6-6
2nd - GB - Crosby, 40-yard field goal GREEN BAY 9-6
2nd - GB - Randall Cobb, 10-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 16-6
3rd - GB - Crosby, 42-yard field goal GREEN BAY 19-6
3rd - MINN - Adrian Peterson, 6-yard run (Blair Walsh kick) GREEN BAY 19-13
4th - GB - James Jones, 27-yard pass from Rodgers (Rodgers pass to Jones) GREEN BAY 27-13
4th - GB - Crosby, 52-yard field goal GREEN BAY 30-13
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Eddie Lacy 22-100, James Starks 8-14, Aaron Rodgers 3-6, John Kuhn 1-4
MINNESOTA - Adrian Peterson 13-45 1 TD, Teddy Bridgewater 4-43, Mike Wallace 1-6
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 34-16-212 2 TD
MINNESOTA - Teddy Bridgewater 37-25-296 1 TD, Shaun Hill 1-0-0
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - James Jones 6-109 1 TD, Davante Adams 3-36, Richard Rodgers 3-7, Randall Cobb 2-24 1 TD, James Starks 1-30, Eddie Lacy 1-7
MINNESOTA - Kyle Rudolph 6-106 1 TD, Stefon Diggs 6-66, Jarius Wright 4-50, Rhett Ellison 2-19, Adrian Peterson 2-16, Jerick McKinnon 2-15, Matt Asiata 1-9, MyCole Pruitt 1-8, Zach Line 1-7
Aaron Rodgers throws a flip pass to James Jones for a two point conversion (Jim Matthews/P-G Media)
Teddy Bridgewater meets Clay Matthews (Credit: Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
NFC NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS
GREEN BAY    7   3   0   .700   249  198
Minnesota    7   3   0   .700   211  184
Chicago      4   6   0   .400   214  251
Detroit      3   7   0   .300   185  274
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
Sunday November 22nd
Denver 17, CHICAGO 15 - Brock Osweiler threw for two touchdowns while starting for the injured Peyton Manning, and the Denver Broncos stopped Jeremy Langford on a 2-point conversion run in the final minute to beat the Chicago Bears 17-15 on Sunday. Langford scored on a 2-yard run with 24 seconds left to cap a 65-yard drive. But he ran into a crowd on a conversion attempt and the Broncos (8-2) escaped with a narrow victory. Osweiler completed 20 of 27 passes for 250 yards with five-time MVP Manning staying back in Denver because of injuries to his foot, ribs and shoulder. Ronnie Hillman ran for 102 yards, and the AFC West-leading Broncos (8-2) beat former coach John Fox after dropping two in a row. Osweiler threw a 48-yard touchdown to Demaryius Thomas on Denver's first possession and a 10-yarder to Cody Latimer early in the fourth quarter.
DETROIT 18, Oakland 13 - Matthew Stafford ran for a go-ahead 5-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter and the Detroit Lions beat the Oakland Raiders 18-13 Sunday. The Lions (3-7) have won consecutive games for the first time this year. The Raiders (4-6) have a season-high three-game losing streak. Matt Prater made three field goals on as many attempts in the first half to give Detroit a 9-0 lead. The Raiders went ahead after their second drive of the third quarter. Latavius Murray's 1-yard touchdown run capped the opening possession of the second half and Sebastian Janikowski made a go-ahead, 48 yard field goal on Oakland's next possession. After Detroit was held to 27 yards of offense in the third quarter, Stafford capped an 80-yard drive with a designed draw to put the Lions up 16-13 with 11:04 to play.
Eddie Lacy spins away from Minnesota Vikings tacklers (Jim Matthews/P-G Media)
Micah Hyde (33) makes a diving attempt to stop Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) from scoring at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Hyde was injured on the play. Jim Matthews/P-G Media