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Vikings lead 10-7 at halftime over Packers

TD pass to TE Rudolph and late FG put Minnesota on top


MINNEAPOLIS – The Vikings scored 10 straight points in the second quarter to take a 10-7 lead into halftime over the Packers on Sunday night at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Vikings got going at the start of the second quarter. Passes of 19 yards to TE Kyle Rudolph and 14 yards to WR Adam Thielen moved the chains. The Vikings then faced fourth-and-2 from the Green Bay 19 and decided to go for it, and QB Sam Bradford – with LB Clay Matthews rushing free up the middle into his face – hit WR Stefon Diggs for a 5-yard pickup.

Two false starts moved the Vikings back from the 14 to the 24, but passes to RB Adrian Peterson and Diggs set up third-and-4 from the 8. Bradford then found Rudolph in the right corner of the end zone to tie up the score.

The Packers proceeded to go three-and-out, and the Vikings took over on their own 34 after a 35-yard punt that went out of bounds.

The Vikings responded with a wildcat snap to Peterson on their next drive to try to get him going, and he picked up four yards. But Nick Perry and Julius Peppers combined on a third-down sack of Bradford. Letroy Guion was not on the field that series for the Packers, having left the game with a knee injury (return questionable).

The Packers got across midfield on a 21-yard catch-and-run by WR Jordy Nelson on third-and-3, but the drive stalled there. Rodgers threw high to WR Randall Cobb over the middle on third down, and the Packers had to punt again.

Three straight Peterson runs picked up one first down, and then Bradford went deep to Diggs for 44 yards to the Green Bay 32. Green Bay's defense held there, with DB Micah Hyde tackling Rudolph a half-yard short of the first down on a third-down reception, and K Blair Walsh made a 46-yard field goal. The Vikings took a 10-7 lead with 27 seconds left in the half.

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