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Huh? Vikings lead at Lambeau 14-10

Posted by: Mark Craig under Vikings, Packers, Vikings offense, Adrian Peterson, Chester Taylor Updated: December 2, 2012 - 1:38 PM

GREEN BAY -- What's this? A competitive Vikings game at Lambeau Field?

Who'd have thunk it? Not many, especially those who saw last week's debacle at Soldier Field. Or last year's debacles at Soldier Field and Lambeau Field.

Today's game started out with a similar feel to the blowouts mentioned above. The Packers took a 10-0 lead on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to James Jones and a 30-yard field goal that Mason Crosby banked in off the left upright.

Two Cheesehead possessions. Ten points. The Vikings also trailed in first downs, 7-0, and total yards, 127-5.

But then something strange began to happen. The Vikings offense started moving the ball both on the ground and through the air (a little bit) to tight end Kyle Rudolph. Then they scored not one, but two touchdowns -- on offense -- in one quarter to take a 14-10 lead at the half.

A 14-play, 71-yard drive was capped with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Christian Ponder to Kyle Rudolph. Later in the quarter, Adrian Peterson broke two tackles and showed that his new left ACL might be faster than his old one en route to a career-long 82-yard touchdown run.

Two of Peterson's longest touchdown runs -- including a 74-yarder at Seattle on Nov. 4 -- have come in the last month.

Peterson has 13 carries for 126 yards, a team-record sixth straight game with at least 100 yards rushing. The 82-yard score also is the fourth-longest play from scrimmage in team history. Chester Taylor's 95-yard touchdown run against Seattle in 2006 is the record.

Ponder has completed 5 of 8 passes for only 36 yards, but all the completions came during the 14-play scoring drive. Ponder's wide receivers have a grand total of zero catches. Rudolph has four catches for 23 yards.

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