Minnesota Vikings (8-6) 24, Green Bay Packers (7-7) 20
Monday December 20th 1999 (at Minnesota)
(MINNESOTA) - Cris Carter kept his starting streak alive, but his services weren't needed. Randy Moss was all over the field Monday night. Moss caught five passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns as the Vikings outlasted the Packers. Moss also atoned for his fumbled punt that led to a Green Bay touchdown by hauling in a 36-yard pass from Jeff George that set up Leroy Hoard's 1-yard run for the winning score with nine minutes left. The Vikings snapped a two-game skid and moved within a game of NFC Central leader Tampa Bay. The Packers fell to 7-7, tied with the New York Giants, Dallas and Carolina in the wildcard logjam. The Packers had one last chance, driving to the Minnesota 27, before Brett Favre was intercepted by Robert Griffith in the end zone on the final play. George's two touchdown tosses to Moss and the longest scramble of his 10-year career staked the Vikings to a 17-13 lead after three quarters. But rookie Basil Mitchell, who forced two fumbles that led to 10 points, jarred the ball loose from Moss on a punt return and Tod McBride recovered for Green Bay at the Vikings' 37. The Vikings appeared to stop the Packers at the 9, and Ryan Longwell came in for his third chip-shot field goal. But holder Matt Hasselbeck, Favre's backup, threw a touchdown strike to tight end Jeff Thomason for a 20-17 lead with 12:31 remaining. Carter extended his starting streak to 111 games despite a severely sprained right ankle that had him in a cast all week. But he was no factor, playing just a few snaps in the first quarter and not getting any balls thrown his way. The Packers led 13-10 at haiftime on the strength of Dorsey Levens' 1-yard run and two Longwell field goals. Levens returned to the lineup after missing two games with a cracked rib and gained 99 yards on 26 carries. But the Vikings converted three third downs on their way to the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter, including a 17-yard scramble by George to the Green Bay 42, George's longest run ever.
GREEN BAY -  0 13  0  7 - 20
MINNESOTA -  0 10  7  7 - 24
                       GREEN BAY     MINNESOTA
First downs                   20            15
Rush-yards-TDs          28-107-1       26-76-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 23-40-238-1-2 16-29-258-2-0
Sacked-yards                4-26          1-29
Net pass yards               212           229
Total yards                  319           305
Fumbles-lost                 3-1           3-2
Turnovers                      3             2
Penalties-yards             6-57         11-85
2nd - MIN - Gary Anderson, 42-yard field goal 1:04 MINNESOTA 3-0
2nd - GB - Levens, 1-yard run (Longwell kick) 6:46 GREEN BAY 7-3
2nd - GB - Longwell, 26-yard field goal 9:39 GREEN BAY 10-3
2nd - MIN - Moss, 57-yard pass from Jeff George (Anderson kick) 10:43 TIED 10-10
2nd - GB - Longwell, 22-yard field goal 14:57 GREEN BAY 13-10
3rd - MINN - Moss, 1-yard pass from George (Anderson kick) 13:15 MINNESOTA 17-13
4th - GB - Thomason, 9-yard pass from Hasselbeck (Longwell kick) 2:29 GREEN BAY 20-17
4th - MINN - Leroy Hoard, 1-yard run (Anderson kick) 6:02 MINNESOTA 24-20
GREEN BAY -  Dorsey Levens 26-99 1 TD, Brett Favre 2-8
MINNESOTA - Robert Smith 19-54, Jeff George 1-17, Leroy Hoard 6-5 1 TD
GREEN BAY - Brett Favre 39-22-229 2 INT, Matt Hasselbeck 1-1-9 1 TD
MINNESOTA - Jeff George 29-16-258 2 TD
GREEN BAY - Bill Schroeder 6-71, Antonio Freeman 5-54, Dorsey Levens 4-21, Corey Bradford 3-43, Jeff Thomason 2-31 1 TD, William Henderson 2-7, Lamont Hall 1-7
MINNESOTA - Randy Moss 5-131 2 TD, Jake Reed 5-73, Matthew Hatchette 4-40, Leroy Hoard 2-14