Packers Trail Vikings 14-10 At Halftime

Interceptions by Green Bay's defense set up both of the Packers' scores in the first half, but the Packers trail 14-10 at halftime to the Vikings at the Metrodome.

After Green Bay's offense went three-and-out on their first two possessions, they benefited from good field position courtesy of their defense. Trailing 7-0, cornerback Charles Woodson picked off Gus Frerotte's pass over the middle intended for wide receiver Bobby Wade and returned it nine yards to the Minnesota 48.

Grant started off the next drive with a 13-yard gain, and on a third down, Rodgers hit wide receiver Greg Jennings for a 14-yard gain. Jennings fumbled at the end of the play, but fellow wide receiver Donald Driver recovered the ball. Rodgers then found Driver on a slant for an 11-yard gain, and Grant took it in from one yard on the next play to tie the game at 7.

Minnesota got on the board on their first drive, taking over at Green Bay's 39 after a 20-yard punt return from cornerback Charles Gordon. Frerotte connected with running back Chester Taylor for a 13-yard gain on a third down, and he found wide receiver Sidney Rice for a 3-yard TD.

Early in the second quarter the Packers were pinned down at their own 10 facing a 2nd-and-20 after a holding penalty on fullback Korey Hall. Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams forced a Rodgers fumble that rolled into the end zone, and Rodgers picked the ball up and threw and underhanded pass to tight end Tory Humphrey, but was flagged for an illegal forward pass. The penalty was enforced in the end zone, giving the Vikings a safety for a 12-7 lead.

The Packers took over at their own 9 with just under a minute remaining, and Rodgers was sacked by defensive end Jared Allen in the end zone for a safety, giving Minnesota a 14-7 lead.

With under 30 seconds remaining in the half, cornerback Tramon Williams picked off Frerotte's pass intended for wide receiver Bernard Berrian, and returned the pick to the Minnesota 40. Rodgers completed three passes for 24 yards, and Mason Crosby connected on a 47-yard field goal as time expired to narrow the deficit to 14-10.

Rodgers has completed 9-of-15 passes for 91 yards, but has been sacked four times. Grant has 33 yards on seven carries.

Driver's 10-yard reception down to the Vikings 1 on the Packers' first scoring drive set the team record for most consecutive games with a catch at 104, breaking Sterling Sharpe's mark of 103.

Woodson's interception was his fifth of the season, which leads the NFL.

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