Friday, September 21, 2018

Five Moments That Changed the Packers vs Vikings Game | Ticket King Green Bay

The rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings has probably overtaken the Bears – Packers rivalry. This past Sunday, the Packers and Vikings played one of their most interesting games to date, finishing in a 29-29 tie. This is a game that the Packers should have won. Let’s delve into some game-changing moments. 

Moment #1: The first sack of Aaron Rodgers- The Packers got the ball on their own 25 to start the game and they were moving the ball over the first few plays. On 2nd and 8 from the 27, Rodgers found Cobb for a 14-yard completion. Two straight rushes by Jamal Williams totaling 11 yards had produced another first down. After an incomplete pass, the Packers faced 2nd 10 from the Vikings 48 when Rodgers dropped back to pass and was split-sacked by Everson Griffen and Sheldon Richardson. This killed the drive and the Packers had to punt. 

Moment #2: Offensive pass interference on Davante Adams- The Packers were facing 3rd and 9 up 14-7 with 5:38 left in the second quarter. Aaron Rodgers dropped back to pass and found Davante Adams up the left sideline for 24 yards. However, the play was called back due to pass interference on Adams. The Packers ended up punting. 

Moment #3: Holding calls back Graham touchdown- After forcing a Vikings' punt to start the second half, the Packers got the ball up 17-7 and started marching down the field. The Packers were facing 3rd and 4 from the 12 when Rodgers found Graham for a touchdown to increase the Packers lead. The score was called back for holding on Lane Taylor. The Packers settled for a field goal. 

Moment#4- Clay Matthews roughing the passer- Trailing 29-21 late in the 4th, Kirk Cousins threw a desperation heave that was picked off by Jaire Alexander. However, it was overturned by a very sketchy roughing the passer penalty on Clay Matthews. The Vikings scored a touchdown and a 2-point conversion to send the game to overtime. 

Moment#5- Aaron Rodgers sack in overtime- Despite everything else that had happened before this, the Packers had a chance to win the game. They were facing 3rd and 4 from the Vikings 40 when Rodgers dropped back to pass and was sacked by Mackenzie Alexander off the blitz. The Packers were forced to punt, and minutes later another Daniel Carlson missed field goal, his third of the day, and the game finished in a 29-29 tie. By the way, Carlson has since been released and replaced by Dan Bailey. 

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