NFL Game Summary - Minnesota at Green Bay
(Sunday, October 24th)
Final Score: Green Bay 28, Minnesota 24
Green Bay, WI (Sports Network) - Brett Favre threw three interceptions in the
second half, including one that was returned for a touchdown, as his Minnesota
Vikings fell to the Green Bay Packers, 28-24, in a thriller from historic
The game almost ended with Favre bringing the Vikings back against his former
team. Multiple penalties set up Minnesota with a 1st-and-30 from the Green Bay
35. Favre dropped back and threw a perfect pass to the back of the end zone
for Percy Harvin, who caught the pass for an apparent touchdown. The booth
quickly reviewed the play, and it was determined that Harvin had one foot out
of bounds, and the original call was reversed.
A 15-yard pass to Adrian Peterson and two incomplete passes sealed the fate of
the Vikings (2-4), who have lost two of three.
"As thrilling as it is to win those types (of games), it's devastating (to
lose)," said Favre, who limped away from his press conference in obvious pain
after injuring his knee and ankle during one of his interceptions. "I don't
know how else to put it. I take a lot of pride and ownership in all phases of
the game. You've got the ball in your hand, and you hope to win those. I feel
like I let everybody down. It's tough.
"Who knows (if I'll play next week)? I hope I do. It'll be tough to get over
this loss, as it's tough to get over any loss, but you've got to find a way to
do it. If I can play, but not be effective, then it's not worth playing. I
hope I use good judgment, so we'll see."
The story of the game was about Favre making his return to Green Bay, where he
played for 16 seasons before parting ways with the organization prior to the
2008 campaign. Favre's return to Lambeau last November resulted in the Vikings
winning by a 38-26 count.
Making his 119th start at Lambeau Field, Favre completed 16-of-29 passes for
212 yards and a touchdown. Favre set an NFL record for the most starts by a
quarterback at a single venue, topping Denver great John Elway, who started
118 games at Mile High Stadium.
Aaron Rodgers connected on 21-of-34 passes for 295 yards, two touchdowns, and
two interceptions for the Packers (4-3), who had lost two straight overtime
games coming into Sunday night's contest.
Brandon Jackson carried the ball 13 times for 58 yards and a touchdown. James
Jones caught four passes for 107 yards, while Greg Jennings and Andrew
Quarless each caught a TD pass.
Desmond Bishop's 32-yard interception return for a touchdown with 7:45 to play
in the third quarter proved to be the difference.
Minnesota got a big game from Peterson, who rushed for 131 yards and a score
on 28 carries. Harvin caught five passes for 65 yards and carried the ball
three times for 41 yards and a score.
Trailing 17-14, the Packers intercepted Favre twice in the third quarter to
take the lead. Minnesota's first possession of the second half resulted in
A.J. Hawk picking off Favre.
A 17-yard pass to Jones helped set up Jennings' 14-yard score for a 21-17
lead with 8:44 to go. On the second play of Minnesota's next drive, Bishop
stepped in front of a Favre pass and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown.
"It still goes back to taking care of the football," said Vikings head coach
Brad Childress. "You have to play within the confines of our system. Sometimes
it's okay to punt the football. You can't give them seven points going the
other way; not against this high-powered team."
The Vikings bounced back with a six-play, 58-yard drive that Randy Moss capped
with a four-yard score to cut the gap to 28-24 with 4:12 remaining.
Green Bay had the ball in Minnesota territory early in the fourth. In fact,
the first play of the period was a 4th-and-1 from the 45. John Kuhn rumbled
two yards up the middle to gain a fresh set of downs. The Packers were faced
with the same situation four plays later, but Kuhn was stuffed at the line
The Vikings took over at their own 34-yard line with 12:10 to play. Peterson
carried the load on the ground as he got Minnesota into Green Bay territory.
Favre, though, was picked off this time by Nick Collins.
Minnesota forced the Packers to punt and took over at its own 17 with 6:07
remaining. Favre - the NFL's all-time leading passer - and the Vikings were
faced with a 4th-and-1 from the 42. Peterson rushed for five yards to gain the
With just under two minutes left, Moss caught a 13-yard pass on 4th-and-5. A
26-yard screen pass-and-run to Peterson set up a first down at the Green Bay
15. A false start penalty and 15-yard face mask infraction set up a 1st-
"I thought it was an excellent defensive stand," said Packers head coach Mike
McCarthy. "I thought they were really put into a tough spot...I just can't say
enough about our defensive lineman. Our defense had the turnovers, and our
offensive was productive."
After forcing Minnesota to go three-and-out on the opening possession of the
game, Green Bay marched the ball right down the field. A 13-yard pass to Jones
set up the Packers at the 12-yard line of the Vikings. However, Rodgers was
picked off by defensive end Jared Allen on the next play.
Minnesota's offense went three-and-out again, and the Packers needed just four
plays to find the end zone. Jones' 45-yard catch put Green Bay at the one-yard
line. Jackson then rumbled into the end zone for a 7-0 lead with 5:07
remaining in the first quarter.
Harvin returned the ensuing kickoff 48 yards to the Green Bay 44-yard line.
The Vikings converted two third downs before Harvin took a handoff and went 17
yards for a score.
The Packers wasted little time in taking the lead right back. Quarless caught
a pass in the back of the end zone to give the home team a 14-7 margin with
14:53 to play until halftime.
Minnesota responded with a nine-play, 76-yard drive to tie things up again.
Faced with a 3rd-and-3 from the Green Bay 13, Harvin carried the ball down the
right sideline and seemed to score a touchdown. But replay showed he stepped
out at the one-yard line. Peterson plunged into the end zone on the next play
with 10:16 left.
The Packers used some trickery on their next possession. Faced with a 4th-
and-7 from the Minnesota 37, Green Bay lined up as if they were going to kick
a field goal. The home team then quickly came out of the formation and Matt
Flynn lined up at quarterback. Flynn threw a perfect pass down the left
sideline for Quarless, who tripped over his own feet and was unable to catch
The Vikings had a Visanthe Shiancoe touchdown called back on their next drive.
It was decided upon review that Shiancoe did not fully maintain the ball while
hitting the ground. That led to Ryan Longwell's 28-yard field goal for a 17-14
edge with 3:59 left.
Madieu Williams picked off Rodgers on the ensuing Packers possession. That
left the Vikings with 1:01 to put more points on the board. Moss caught a 49-
yard pass, but he was called for offensive pass interference. Minnesota then
decided to let the remaining time run out.
Green Bay leads the all-time regular season series with Minnesota, which dates
back to the 1961 season, 50-47-1, but was swept by the Vikings last year for
the first time since 2005. The Vikings were trying to win four straight games
over the Packers for the first time since 1992-93...Peterson caught two passes
for 41 yards...Jackson caught three passes for 46 yards...Green Bay linebacker
Clay Matthews returned to the lineup after missing one game due to a hamstring
injury. The Packers were without offensive tackle Mark Tauscher
(shoulder)...Quarless' TD was the first of his career...Moss hauled in three
passes for 30 yards.
10/25 00:50:43 ET
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