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Vikings trail 17-3 at halftime

Posted by: Chris Miller under Vikings, Football on TV, NFC, NFL post-season, Packers, Adrian Peterson Updated: January 5, 2013 - 8:29 PM

The Packers lead the Vikings 17-3 at halftime in tonight's NFC Wild-Card playoff game, and backup quarterback Joe Webb has shown little for the Vikings.

Aaron Rodgers, on the other hand, has thrown for 205 yards for the Packers.

Webb started at quarterback with Christian Ponder (bruised throwing elbow) inactive for the game. Webb was impressive running, but not passing, as the Vikings took a 3-0 first-quarter lead on a 33-yard field by Blair Walsh on the opening drive.

The Packers’ DuJuan Harris had a 9-yard scoring run on the final play of the first quarter. Originally he was ruled down short of the goal line, but Packers coach Mike McCarthy challenged the play and it was ruled a score on review. So the Packers led 7-3 after one quarter.

Webb had 33 yards rushing in the first quarter, but Webb completed only one of three passes. The second incompletion was a prayer thrown up has Webb was being sacked, and he was fortunate it was not intercepted.

Webb had a similar pass on the first Vikings possession of the second quarter and was called for intentional grounding.
The Vikings’ goal line stand later in the second quarter forced the Packers to settle for a 20-yard field goal by Mason Crosby and a 10-3 lead.

But the Vikings went three-and-out, giving Rodgers time before the half ended, and Rodgers drove the Packers down for a touchdown and a 17-3 lead. John Kuhn’s 3-yard touchdown run did the trick.

Adrian Peterson has 48 rushing yards for the Vikings on 12 carries. Webb was three-for-12 for 22 yards.

 

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