The Packers got the ball to start the second half and once again looked calm and efficient against a Vikings defense that appeared to have no answers for either Aaron Rodgers and DuJuan Harris. An Everson Griffen sack on the drive wasn’t enough to derail the Packers completely but they did manage to hold the Packers to a field goal on a beautifully defended pass from Harrison Smith.
However, a 12-men penalty (Jasper Brinkley) unbelievably kept the Packers on the field inside the 10 yard line which of course is not good. A quick checkdown to John Kuhn put the Packers up by three touchdowns.
The Packers, with a comfortable lead, were then able to key in on Adrian Peterson and contain him but a few nice passes to Kyle Rudolph and Jarius Wright gave the Vikings some life. It wasn’t enough to keep them out of a 4th down scenario, however, and that play ended up being the nail in the coffin. Joe Webb was stripped by Clay Matthews for the games first turnover.
On a great run stop from Fred Evans and Harrison Smith, Smith looked to be seriously hurt, proving that even when things go right for the Vikings they go wrong. At least that seems to be the way of it tonight. The Vikings did, however, succeed in getting the Packers offense off the field one play later.
The third quarter ended following a Joe Webb interception.
The fourth quarter has to be really, really, really, really, really, really good if the Vikings are going to pull this one off.