Packers Pull Into Tie With Bears

The Green Bay Packers (8-4) rebounded from an ugly loss to the New York Giants, by rallying for a 23-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings (6-6) Sunday at Lambeau Field.  Down 14-10 at halftime, the Packers outscored the Vikings by 10 in the third quarter and added a fourth quarter field goal to win for the sixth time in seven games.  That win coupled with the Bears (8-4) overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field, pulled Green Bay into a tie with Chicago atop the NFC North.  It was a solid win for head coach Mike McCarthy and the Packers…

Aaron Rodgers completed 27 of 35 passes for 286 yards.  He threw a 32 yard touchdown pass to James Jones in the first quarter for his lone scoring strike of the day and he was also intercepted once. According to Rodgers, the Packers never panicked after falling behind in the second quarter…

The NFL’s leading rusher, Adrian Peterson, turned in a solid day.  The Vikings running back ran for 221 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown.  Packers defensive tackle Ryan Pickett thinks that Peterson is better now than he was before tearing his ACL and MCL in his left knee less than a year ago…

While Peterson had a big day, Christian Ponder and the Vikings passing game did not.  Ponder completed 12 of 25 passes for 119 yards and two interceptions.  Safety Morgan Burnett came up with both interceptions, one in the endzone and the other at the Packers 14 yard line.  Burnett thought the entire defense came together to shut down the Minnesota passing attack…

The Packers lost two more starters to injuries Sunday.  Jordy Nelson went down with a bad hamstring after catching his only pass of the day with six minutes to play in the first quarter.  With Nelson out and Donald Driver inactive (thumb), Green Bay was happy to have Greg Jennings back in the mix.  Jennings caught four passes for 46 yards in his first game since September 30th…

Right tackle T.J. Lang went down in quarter number two with an ankle injury.  With Lang out, rookie Don Barclay was pressed into action.  Barclay joins Evan Dietrich-Smith has reserves who have had to fill in on the offensive line.  Left tackle Marshall Newhouse likes what he has seen from the backups…

Next up for the Packers is a home game against the Detroit Lions (4-8).  That game begins at 7:20 PM next Sunday.

Notes: 
The Packers are now 54-48-1 all-time against the Vikings.  That includes a record of 20-17-1 at Lambeau Field.

The Packers have won ten consecutive games against NFC North teams.

The Packers have won 18 of their last 19 regular-season games at Lambeau Field and 24 of their last 26 at home.

BOX SCORE

Elsewhere in the NFC North:
Seattle beat Chicago, 23-17 (OT)
Indianapolis beat Detroit, 35-33

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