Packers vs. Vikings: Packers and Vikings go for another overtime win
The Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers go to a fourth overtime game of the season, with the Vikings coming away with a 41-28 victory on Saturday night.
In the end, the Packers won the battle of the trenches, with rookie running back Rashard Mendenhall making his first career start after missing last year due to a foot injury.
Heading into the extra session, the Vikings were led by veteran defensive end Kevin Williams, who returned from a two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
He had 12 tackles, including a sack, and a sack-for-loss and a pass defensed.
He was also credited with two quarterback hits and two quarterback hurries.
Williams had six tackles in his second NFL start, and was credited with three quarterback hits.
He also had two quarterback pressures and a fumble recovery.
The Vikings’ secondary gave up five receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown.
Williams was credited for two quarterback sacks, and he also had a sack on the opening drive of the second half.
He had a pass defended and a run batted down, with a batted ball that bounced back into the hands of linebacker Chris Baker.
After the Vikings’ win, the Greenies went to a timeout to try to take advantage of a late scoring opportunity by the Vikings, who had their first two drives stalled.
After two more drives stalled, the teams traded touchdowns.
Williams picked up the first down, then returned it 51 yards for a touchdown, giving him his fourth touchdown of the year.
The Vikings then got another touchdown in the third quarter, after a blocked punt by Green Bay recovered by Minnesota.
The play was returned for a first down and a 3-yard gain.
After a Packers touchdown drive, the team went to an onside kick.
Williams made the tackle, and the Vikings recovered.
With the score tied, Green Bay quarterback Brett Hundley took a deep pass and threw it 40 yards to receiver Jermichael Finley for a 2-yard touchdown.
Finley also caught a touchdown pass and was the last of a pair of field goals that helped put the Packers up 34-27.
The Packers went to their timeout to score another touchdown, this time on the game-winning field goal attempt by Finley with 6:38 remaining in the game.
The score tied at 34.
The game was over.
The next time the Packers will be in the playoffs, they will host the Indianapolis Colts in the second round of the playoffs on Sunday.