Packers dominate Vikings 43-34
Green Bay moves to 1-0 on the season
MINNEAPOLIS (WSAW) - It was a record breaking day for the Packers as they throttle the Vikings 43-34. Davante Adams tied Don Hutson’s single game reception record with 14. Aaron Rodgers became the first Packers quarterback to throw four touchdowns in a season opener since Brett Favre in 1999.
The Packers looked solid on their first drive of the game. They marched 62-yards into the red zone. The drive would stall and Green Bay would settle for a 31-yard Mason Crosby field goal to take a 3-0 lead.
The Vikings would quickly answer. Minnesota sliced up the Pack defense 75-yards. Kirk Cousins went 2-for-2 with 32 yards. Dalvin Cook finished off the drive with four carries for 15 yards and a touchdown.
Green Bay’s offense continued to roll on their second drive, but the Vikings defense held strong at the one-yard line. The Packers defense would take advantage of Minnesota being on their own one. Jaire Alexander would sack Cousins to make it 7-5.
On the ensuing drive, the Packers once again made it to the red zone, but could not find the end zone. Mason Crosby would once again split the uprights from 43-yards to give the Packers an 8-7 lead.
The Packers offense would finally find the end zone when Aaron Rodgers slung the ball 24-yards to Davante Adams. The late score would give Green Bay at 15-7 advantage.
The first turnover came late in the first half when Cousins whipped the ball to Adam Thielen. Alexander jumped it for the pick to give the Packers a chance to score late.
Green Bay would capitalize. Rodgers threw a dime to Marquez Valdes-Scantling for the 45-yard touchdown. The Packers started to open it up 22-7.
The Vikings would use an Alexander Mattison 21-yard run and a Kyle Rudolph 22-yeard reception to set up a field goal attempt. Dan Bailey would nail the 35-yard field goal to cut the Packers lead to 22-10.
The third quarter was relatively quiet for both teams. The Packers offense would pick it up at the end of the quarter. Rodgers found Valdes-Scantling for a huge 39-yard gain. That would set up Rodgers finding Adams for a one-yard touchdown and a 29-10 advantage.
The Vikings would try to mount a comeback in the fourth. Cousins found Thielen in the back of the end zone for a 37-yard touchdown. Minnesota would convert on the 2-point try to make it 29-18.
Green Bay would put the nail in the coffin. Rodgers and Allen Lazard went to work. Rodgers found Lazard for a 38-yard gain. then later in the drive Rodgers slung it to Lazard for a four-yard touchdown. Green Bay was starting to dominate Minnesota 36-18.
Minnesota would continue to keep it within striking distance. Cook rushed up the left side for a three-yard touchdown. The Vikings once again converted the 2-point conversation. Vikings trailed 36-26.
Aaron Jones would finally find paydirt in the fourth quarter. He powered five-yards across the goal line to put the Packers up 43-26.
The Vikings would find the end zone one more time to put the final score at 43-34.
Rodgers put up an insane state line. He went 32/44 with 364 yards and four touchdowns. Adams reeled in 14 catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Valdes-Scantling was impressive with four catches for 96 yards and a touchdown. Lazard chipped in a touchdown. Aaron Jones had 66 rushing yards and a touchdown on 16 attempts.
Defensively the Packers were led by Alexander. He finished with a sack and an interception. Za’Darius Smith also tallied a sack.
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