The Minnesota Vikings cruised past the Green Bay Packers in Sunday Night Football. The hosts recorded an extremely important win, 24-17, which kept their wild card hopes alive.
This was probably the deciding game for both sides. Only a win would guarantee a wild card race. Fortunately for the Vikings nation, they continued an excellent streak of results against the division rival. In the previous seven meetings, Minnesota recorded five wins and only one loss.
It was Kirk Cousins who pushed the Vikings(6-4-1) towards their sixth victory this season, the first one when playing in prime time. The former Washington Redskins threw 342 yards, 29-of-38, for three touchdowns, all of them to different players, Cook, Giggs, and Thielen. Unlike the last week, Cousins didn’t have a single interception or a fumble.
Like clockwork. pic.twitter.com/oHxfZki4rZ
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) November 26, 2018
But things weren’t that easy for the hosts as they trailed during the most of the first half. Aaron Rodgers managed to keep the Packers (4-6-1) alive during the opening 30 minutes, but in the end, Green Bay couldn’t endure both Minnesota and injury troubles.
Four Packers had to go off, St. Brown, Trevor Davies, Lane Taylor, and David Bakhtiari, and when we add that Randall Cobb didn’t play either and that Jimmy Graham appeared on the field with a broken thumb, it is a miracle that they resisted that long.
But besides that, the visitors had a chance to win. Then again Mike McCarthy happened. Green Bay’s coach this time decided not to punt the ball on fourth-and-1. Green Bay went for it, on a 43-yard line in their territory with 7:28 to go. In the third quarter. Once again, the Packs head coach made a bad decision, spending a timeout on top of that. Aaron Jones was stopped and the Vikings took the ball, making a field goal afterward for 17-14, and grabbing the lead for the first time last night.
Rodgers finished the game with only 198 yards,17 completions from 29 throws. He had one touchdown pass, to Davante Adams.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) November 26, 2018
Minnesota now has two tough road games, against New England and Seattle. Both of these franchises are chasing playoffs and desperately need wins at home.
Things are not looking bright for Green Bay, who still didn’t win away from Lambeau this season (0-6). They will host Arizona Cardinals, and after that the Atlanta Falcons, who are both without prospects to reach the postseason.
Is this maybe a chance for Aaron Rodgers to save the season?