Packers' clock-eating TD drive in third quarter nullified potential comeback

Four different receivers caught passes on 12-play, 76-yard scoring march

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RB AJ Dillon

GREEN BAY – With the Vikings having pulled off the largest comeback in NFL history a few weeks ago, no one needed to be reminded of their ability to rally.

After getting a turnover midway through the third quarter, the Packers made sure there was no comeback to be had in the 41-17 triumph on Sunday.

Green Bay led 27-3 at halftime, and Minnesota drove into the red zone on its first possession of the second half. But DL Kenny Clark's strip-sack and recovery thwarted that drive, and then the Packers made sure the Vikings didn't get the ball again until the fourth quarter.

The 12-play, 76-yard touchdown march that took 7:12 off the clock and gave Green Bay a 34-3 lead is the Chevy Drive of the Week.

It began with 7:06 left in the third quarter, and an 11-yard pass to WR Randall Cobb on third-and-10 got it going. Rookie WR Christian Watson then picked up 11 more with a catch, and WR Allen Lazard gained 15 when QB Aaron Rodgers found him scrambling to his right.

A quick slant to rookie WR Romeo Doubs picked up 11 more for a first down on the Minnesota 23-yard line and three snaps later, Rodgers caught the Vikings with 12 men on the field on third-and-4, leading to a free first down.

RB AJ Dillon then powered his way for 10 yards down to the 2 as the third quarter expired, and Dillon finished off the drive with a 2-yard TD plunge on the opening play of the fourth quarter.

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