Green Bay Packers (5-2) 44, Minnesota Vikings (1-6) 31
Sunday October 27th 2013 (at Minnesota)
(MINNESOTA) - Aaron Rodgers and his seldom-used receivers are making it work. Rodgers threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns in the Green Bay Packers' 44-31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings Rodgers, who was a perfect 10-of-10 for 172 yards and his pair of scores on third down, finished 24-of-29 for the Packers (5-2), who have won four straight games. Green Bay was 13-of-18 on third down overall and tallied points on each possession before taking a knee on its final series. Jordy Nelson, the only mainstay among the receiving corps, caught seven passes for 123 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Eddie Lacy carried the ball 29 times for 94 yards and a score in the triumph. Adrian Peterson ran for 60 yards and a score on 13 carries, while also adding three receptions for 23 yards for Minnesota (1-6), which has dropped three in a row. The Vikings defeated the Packers 37-34 last December to make the postseason, but lost to Green Bay in the wild-card encounter a week later. Peterson rushed for 409 yards in his two regular-season outings versus Green Bay last year and added another 99 yards on 22 carries in their wild-card tilt. Christian Ponder struggled in his return to the lineup, completing 14-of-21 passes for 145 yards. Ponder got the starting nod after the newly-acquired Josh Freeman suffered a concussion during Monday's 23-7 loss to the New York Giants. Cordarrelle Patterson set an NFL record with a 109-yard return on the opening kickoff in defeat. NOTES: Green Bay outgained Minnesota, 464-243 ... The Vikings were 2-of-8 on third down ... Starks ran for 57 yards on seven carries ... Green Bay won the time of possession battle, 40:54-19:06.
GREEN BAY -  7 17  7 13 - 44
MINNESOTA -  7 10  0 14 - 31
                       GREEN BAY     MINNESOTA
First downs                   26            15
Rush-yards-TDs          42-182-2      19-111-3
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 24-29-285-2-0 14-21-145-0-0
Sacked-yards                 2-3          3-13
Net pass yards               282           132
Total yards                  464           243
Fumbles-lost                 0-0           0-0
Turnovers                      0             0
Penalties-yards            6-120          7-46
Time of Possession         40:54         19:06
SCORING
1st - MINN - Cordarrelle Patterson, 109-yard kickoff return (Blair Walsh kick) MINNESOTA 7-0
1st - GB - Jordy Nelson, 11-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Crosby, 30-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-7
2nd - MINN - Walsh, 36-yard field goal TIED 10-10
2nd - GB - Nelson, 76-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 17-10
2nd - GB - Micah Hyde, 93-yard punt return (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 24-10
2nd - MINN - Adrian Peterson, 8-yard run (Walsh kick) GREEN BAY 24-17
3rd - GB - Eddie Lacy, 1-yard run (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 31-17
4th - GB - James Starks, 25-yard run (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 38-17
4th - GB - Crosby, 20-yard field goal GREEN BAY 41-17
4th - MINN - Toby Gerhart, 13-yard run (Walsh kick) GREEN BAY 41-24
4th - GB - Crosby, 45-yard field goal GREEN BAY 44-24
4th - MINN - Christian Ponder, 19-yard run (Walsh kick) GREEN BAY 44-31
​RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Eddie Lacy 29-94 1 TD, James Starks 7-57 1 TD, Aaron Rodgers 6-31
MINNESOTA - Adrian Peterson 13-60 1 TD, Christian Ponder 5-38 1 TD, Toby Gerhart 1-13 1 TD
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 29-24-285 2 TD
MINNESOTA - Christian Ponder 21-14-145
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Jordy Nelson 7-123 2 TD, Jarrett Boykin 5-89, Miles White 5-35, Eddie Lacy 4-18, Andrew Quarless 2-13, John Kuhn 1-7
MINNESOTA - Kyle Rudolph 4-51, Adrian Peterson 3-23, Cordarrelle Patterson 2-26, Toby Gerhart 2-15, Jerome Simpson 1-18, Greg Jennings 1-8, John Carlson 1-3
Minnesota Vikings rookie Cordarrelle Patterson returned the opening kickoff 109 yards for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers on October 27th – the longest kick return in NFL history. The old record was 108 yards, set by the Packers' Randall Cobb on Sept. 8, 2011, and twice equaled by the Baltimore Ravens' Jacoby Jones, who did it on Oct. 14, 2012, and again in the Super Bowl 3½ months later. Patterson fielded the kickoff in front of the goal post and was touched only once, by Micah Hyde around the 25-yard line, before breaking to the left sideline. It was Patterson's second kick return for a touchdown this season. He also had a 105-yarder at Chicago on Sept. 15. The only other 109-yard return in NFL history also came at the Metrodome, which will be torn down in February. Antonio Cromartie, then with the San Diego Chargers, returned a missed field goal 109 yards for a touchdown against the Vikings on Nov. 4, 2007.