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Packers' long third-quarter TD drive put Vikings away

The 13-play, 90-yard scoring march took eight minutes off the clock

RB Aaron Jones
RB Aaron Jones

GREEN BAY – The Packers were in control of the game, but the Vikings had just changed quarterbacks, driven into the red zone, and were showing signs of life.

In that context, taking the turnover on downs and marching 90 yards in 13 plays to extend the lead qualifies as the Chevy Drive of the Week from the 33-10 victory on New Year's Eve.

Green Bay's defense had just stopped Minnesota on fourth-and-4 while knocking on the door to open the second half, keeping the score 23-3.

The Packers immediately got going on a 25-yard run by RB Aaron Jones, the longest rush of his 120-yard night. Two plays later on third-and-7, QB Jordan Love beat a Vikings blitz by finding WR Malik Heath over the middle for 13 yards to get to midfield.

A swing pass outside to Jones picked up 10 more before RB AJ Dillon entered the game to run twice for nine yards, setting up third-and-1 at the Minnesota 20.

Jones converted with a 2-yard rush. From there, Love hit TE Ben Sims for six yards and Jones ran for three more to set up another third-and-1. This time, Love dropped back and found WR Bo Melton leaking free into the corner of the end zone, and his lofted pass was right on target for the 9-yard TD, the first score of Melton's NFL career.

The Packers drained exactly eight minutes off the clock, leaving just 49 seconds to go in the third quarter, and had pushed their lead to 30-3.