Green Bay Packers stumble to 13-7 deficit in first half against Minnesota Vikings

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Updated: November 24, 2013

The Green Bay Packers looked like a third-place team in the first half against the Minnesota Vikings.

The Green Bay Packers entered this game at third place in the NFC North, needing a victory over the Minnesota Vikings to get back into the divisional race.

Through two quarters, they have looked every bit of a third-place team, allowing the Vikings to take a 13-7 lead to the locker room.

On the Vikings’ first possession, it looked like the defense would be in control of this game. They sacked quarterback Christian Ponder on two consecutive plays, forcing Minnesota to punt it away.

Green Bay responded with an offensive drive highlighted by a 34-yard hookup from backup quarterback Scott Tolzien to wide receiver Jordy Nelson.

One of the worst red-zone offenses in the league, it looked like the Packers would be unable to capitalize on the play, as wide receiver James Jones dropped a pass in the end zone.

On the ensuing play, though, protection broke down. Tolzien stepped up to elude the rush and, making a spin move to evade would-be tacklers, stumbled across the goal line for a rushing touchdown.

The special teams promptly proceeded to give up a 57-yard kickoff return to Cordarrelle Patterson. Ponder was ineffective in the pocket, forcing Minnesota to settle for a field goal.

Neither defense was able to contain the run all half, although the offenses seemed incapable of mounting sustained drives.

In the waning moments of the second quarter, the Vikings drove deep into Green Bay territory. The defense made a desperate goal-line stand, only to crumble on third down and allow running back Adrian Peterson to scamper untouched into the end zone.

Standouts

Packers running back Eddie Lacy looked much better than his numbers (13 rushes for 62 yards, 4.8 yards per carry), breaking multiple tackles on several of his runs. He was decisive in the backfield, finding the hole and charging into it without hesitation.

The defense, despite its struggles against the run, came up with four sacks of Christian Ponder. Linebacker Clay Matthews III in particular looked impressive in his first week without a protective device on his hand.

Linebacker A.J. Hawk forced a fumble of Adrian Peterson, although he committed a blatant facemask (yet uncalled) infraction while doing so.

Slipups

The defense was unable to contain Adrian Peterson, giving up 78 yards on 16 carries for an average of 4.9 yards per carry.

Injuries

Running back Johnathan Franklin was knocked out of the game on the first kickoff return with what was described as “concussion-like symptoms.”

What’s next

If Green Bay still has any ambitions of making the playoffs this season, they need to put points on the board in the second half. Minnesota gets the ball to start the third quarter, so a three-and-out would be positive for the Packers’ prospects.

Look for head coach Mike McCarthy to put this game on Eddie Lacy’s shoulders and take the stress off his young quarterback, who has been under pressure all game so far.

About the author(s)

Rourke Douglas Decker covers the Green Bay Packers beat for Water Cooler Sports. He resides with his family in the Twin Cities. He can be reached for questions or comments at . Connect with .

2041 comments
LSU4LIFE
LSU4LIFE

Another Seahawk player suspended for PED's, Pete Carroll left USC before the axe fell, now he is in Seattle up to his old tricks.

Lions 49 Packers 7
Lions 49 Packers 7

Ok I think I should write a recap so we know about the flukes and true score of this one

Staffords_Glove
Staffords_Glove

I still think McCarthy pussed out by not running for it in OT on 4th down,

bp.
bp. moderator

I might beat flying towelheads in fantasy this week, and play the role of spoiler.  Despite playing Joqueieuieiu Bell.

andylet445
andylet445

remember the last four seasons when the packers and a combo of one other nfcn team made the playoffs each season. 

NeutralSaintsRow
NeutralSaintsRow moderator

I think its funny that commentators always say that, "what are the def. players suppose to do when tackling a QB?'

There are PLENTY of examples of clean hits on QBs. Stop acting like the D players get called for a penalty everytime they touch the QB.

Staffords_Glove
Staffords_Glove

Listening to Pack attack right now. Lots of apathy in GB. lol 


sigh.....

Benjamin Rajile
Benjamin Rajile

True score puts GB at 9-2 and a lock to win the division

FalconsFan0125
FalconsFan0125 moderator

Matt Ryan was hit the same way, no call. Refs have to be consistent. 

Lions 49 Packers 7
Lions 49 Packers 7

Can you guys just agree with me the Durham fumble and Calvin pick off his hands was flukey

smtate91
smtate91

 You should definitely not do that.

Lions 49 Packers 7
Lions 49 Packers 7

 Lions 2 out of 3 years when they win the division this year. Packers miss this year

andylet445
andylet445

well there are some ticky tack rules in place. 

Doctor ϟ Professor ☧
Doctor ϟ Professor ☧ moderator

True score puts the Saints at 11-0. Fluke last second TD in NE and fluke ints off WRs hands against the Jets.

andylet445
andylet445

this is what makes me super sad. 

bp.
bp. moderator

 The Calvin play was not fluky.  That's the kind of thing that happens often in football.  I did not see the fumble.

bp.
bp. moderator

  Would that be you?

NeutralSaintsRow
NeutralSaintsRow moderator

  I agree, but I saw plenty of legal hits on the QBs today. It comes down to teaching the proper technique to tackle a person.

Benjamin Rajile
Benjamin Rajile

True score doesn't apply to NO because Brees is a dbag stat padder

NeutralSaintsRow
NeutralSaintsRow moderator

ONLY PADDING RODGERS GETS IS ON HIS COLLARBONE!!!