The Minnesota Vikings pulled off an intense 34-31 victory over the Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Vikings improved to 5-5 on the season, while the Packers fell to an 8-3 record.
Vikings kicker Greg Joseph nailed a 29-yard field goal that won the game for the Vikings in the final seconds, 34-31. Before the game-winner, the Packers tied the game at 31 with 2:08 left in regulation when Aaron Rodgers connected with Marquez Valdes-Scantling on a 75-yard touchdown.
On the first play of the game, the Packers picked up a big chunk play for 37 yards from Davante Adams. The Packers held a 3-0 lead over the Vikings with a Mason Crosby field goal. On the opening drive for the Vikings, they tied the score with a Joseph field goal from 51 yards out with 9:14 left in the first quarter.
With 2:40 left in the first, Cousins connected with Justin Jefferson on a 56-yard deep shot. Jefferson was down at the one-yard line, and the Vikings capped off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run for Dalvin Cook. The Vikings took a 9-3 lead after a missed extra point.
Crosby clanked a 32-yard field goal off the left upright at the 11:19 mark in the second. The Packers trailed the Vikings, 9-3. Adam Thielen extended the lead to 13 points,16-3, for the Vikings with 7:37 to go in the first half.
Rodgers threw a touchdown to Josiah Deguara with 30 ticks left in the second quarter. The Packers cut the deficit to six, 16-10.
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The Vikings increased their lead to 23-10 with 8:26 remaining in the third quarter when Cousins targeted Jefferson for a nine-yard touchdown pass. Adams hauled in a touchdown grab with 3:35 left in the third quarter and the Packers pulled within six points again, 23-17. Adams helped the Packers take a 24-23 lead with over seven minutes left in the game when he snatched an 18-yard touchdown pass.
Cousins tossed a floater up the right sideline to Jefferson for a touchdown with 2:17 left in the fourth quarter. The Vikings were successful on a two-point conversion run from Dalvin Cook and they led the Packers, 31-24. The Packers tied it up with a 75-yard passing touchdown to Valdes-Scantling. Joseph played hero at the end with his victory-clinching field goal as time expired in regulation.
Jefferson had a spectacular day with eight receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns. For the Packers, Rodgers had four touchdowns for 385 passing yards. The Vikings are back on the road in Santa Clara, Calif., against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Nov. 28 at 4:25 p.m. EST.
Michael Daly is the Minnesota Vikings Beat Writer for TWSN and can be followed @michaelbraydaly on Twitter.