Vikings open US Bank Stadium with a satisfying 17-14 win over Packers

Vikings open US Bank Stadium with a satisfying 17-14 win over Packers

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Minneapolis The Minnesota Vikings opened their state of the art $1.1 billion dollar venue with lots of hype, fanfare, a national TV audience and an old familiar nemesis in the Green Bay Packers. With questions about the readiness of fill in QB Sam Bradford, the Vikings had a host of doubters if they would be ready for primetime. The Vikings showed that they were in spades with a 17-14 win over the Green Bay Packers. The Packers got on the scoreboard first as Aaron Rodgers found Jordy Nelson 5 minutes into the 1st quarter with a short pass in the end zone. The Vikings evened the game up in the 2nd quarter after eschewing a field goal attempt in the 2nd quarter Sam Bradford found Kyle Rudolph on an 8 yard touchdown pass. The Vikings took the lead shortly before halftime with a 46 yard field goal. After an exchange of punts to start the 3rd quarter the Packers drove deep into Vikings territory but their gamble on eschew a game tying field goal to try to take the lead was denied when James Starks was stopped on a 4th and 2 at the 13. Working quick to take advantage of the momentum swing the Vikings raced down the field but though the Vikings did score as Sam Bradford found Stefon Diggs on a 25 yard touchdown pass to swell the lead to 10 it came at a frightful cost. Adrian Peterson though ineffective for the balance of the night was injured and left the game. He would not return. The Packers trimmed the lead to 3 qith a 10 yard touchdown run by Aaron Rodgers, the Packers would get no closer. Trey Waynes kept getting picked on by Rodgers and committed a number of pass interference and holding penalties. But he would have the last laugh as he made a spectacular pick late in the fourth quarter to slam the door. The Vikings christened their new home with a 17-14 win

Defensive Report
Andrew Sendejo had 11 tackles, 9 solo. He recovered a fumble as well. Trey Waynes was picked on a good part of the night but had the game winning pick.

Special Teams
Blair Walsh made a 46 yard field goal and both his extra point attempts. Jeff Locke only averaged 39.7 yards on his 7 punts but placed five of these punts inside the 20.

Game Balls
Offense
Good ol Sam! Sam Bradford played poised cool and calm, his 286 yards passing kept the Vikings in the game. Stefon Diggs had 7 catches for 186 yards and a score and helped open up the field vertically

Defense
Linval Joseph was a menace in the Packers backfield, 5 solo tackles, 2 for loss and a sack

Quotable quote
“These guys have had my back from day one” Sam Bradford on his acclimation to the Vikings and adapting to a new offense.

That’s the fact
The Vikings have won their last three Sunday Night games

Up Next The Vikings travel to Charlotte to face the defending NFC champion Panthers at 1p (Noon CDT) Sunday

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