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Cousins, Vikings pass by Packers 24-17

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Once Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings took the lead on Green Bay, they played with a fierce refusal to let it go.

They held onto the ball with the same determination.

Cousins bounced back from his worst game of the season with 342 passing yards and three touchdowns without a fumble or an interception, and the Vikings overcame some early gaffes to outlast the depleted Packers for a 24-17 victory on Sunday night.

Completing 29 of his 38 attempts, Cousins found Dalvin Cook , Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen for scores. Diggs and Thielen had eight receptions apiece.

''It just kind of shows his character, shows what kind of player he is, to be able to just not really care what people talk about him, not really care about what happened last week,'' Thielen said of Cousins, adding: ''The throws he was making, his full game was really impressive. That's what you expect out of him.''

Sheldon Richardson had two sacks to lead the defense's game-long stifling of Aaron Rodgers, and the Vikings (6-4-1) pushed the Packers (4-6-1) further back in the NFC wild card race.

The Vikings won a night game for the first time this season after losing to the top three teams in the NFC: to the Rams in Los Angeles, at home to the New Orleans Saints and at Chicago in a two-interception game by Cousins against the first-place Bears. The Vikings entered the weekend with the fourth-most turnovers in the NFL, and Cousins has been charged with 13 of the 16 giveaways. Coach Mike Zimmer was so impressed by the way Cousins played against the Packers that he gave him the game ball in the locker room afterward .

''Last week left a bad taste in our mouths,'' Cousins said, ''and the chance to come back on Sunday night football against a division rival at home was a great opportunity, and I'm glad we made the most of it.''

Rodgers threw a touchdown pass to Davante Adams and Aaron Jones scored on a short run for a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter, but the Packers fell to 0-6 on the road this season and 1-5-1 against the Vikings in their last seven meetings. Their final seven possessions produced only one field goal, with five punts and one turnover on downs.

''We've all got to play better, myself included,'' Rodgers said. ''Started off the game nice. We had a couple good drives. We're rolling there. We hit our unfortunate typical lull and didn't get it going again.''

With Randall Cobb out (hamstring) for a sixth game this season and rookies Equanimeous St. Brown (elbow) and Trevor Davis (hamstring) forced out in the second half, Rodgers didn't have much to work with down the field. Left guard Lane Taylor (quadriceps) departed in the first half and left tackle David Bakhtiari (knee) was sidelined in the second half, leaving the protection shaky at best. Rodgers finished 17 for 28 for 198 yards, without a turnover.

The Packers failed to move the chains on eight of 10 third downs. Jones was stuffed on fourth-and-inches by Harrison Smith, Danielle Hunter and Eric Kendricks midway through the third quarter, giving the Vikings the ball at the Green Bay 44. That set up a 37-yard field goal by Dan Bailey for Minnesota's first lead of the game.

''We're definitely not in the position, record-wise, we thought we would be in coming into the year or even after this game. We thought we could get the victory. But unfortunately we ran out of gas,'' Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said. ''We're beat up, no doubt about that. But give them credit: They put in a full four quarters.''

SLOW START

The Vikings outgained the Packers 280-139 in total yardage in the first half, but they had to settle for a tie at the break. About to go for it on fourth-and-inches on the opening drive following a timeout to strategize, they were penalized for 12 men on the field and had to punt.

Diggs collided with Thielen when Jaire Alexander crashed their pick play on the second possession, and after Diggs tried to circle back the other way with an ill-fated salvage attempt he lost 10 yards on that reception to lead to another punt.

Bailey's wide left 48-yard try wasted another highlight-reel catch by Thielen in between Alexander and Josh Jones that went for 33 yards. Later in the second quarter, after some mismanagement of the clock, the Vikings had to hustle to set up a 51-yard kick for Bailey. That one was good, but Rashod Hill was called for a false start. The 56-yarder sliced right, the fifth straight missed field goal against the Packers after rookie Daniel Carlson went 0 for 3 in Green Bay and was cut the next day.

PACKED AND HAPPY HOUSE

The announced attendance of 66,872 was the largest for the Vikings in three years at U.S. Bank Stadium. A handful of Minnesota players were introduced in the first quarter with Paul Bunyan's Axe, the trophy the Gophers repossessed from the rival Badgers in Wisconsin on Saturday to end a 14-game losing streak. Randy Moss kept the crowd fired up in a halftime ceremony to receive his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring.

INJURY REPORT

Packers: In addition to the carnage on offense, SS Kentrell Brice aggravated an ankle injury in the first quarter and was knocked out of action in the third quarter with a possible concussion. CB Kevin King and CB Bashaud Breeland were already inactive with injuries.

Vikings: RT Brian O'Neill left in the third quarter for evaluation for a possible concussion. ... CB Xavier Rhodes limped off with an apparent injury to his right hamstring in the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT

Packers: Host Arizona (2-9) next Sunday afternoon.

Vikings: Play at New England (8-3) next Sunday afternoon.

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Key Players
A. Jones 33 RB
72 RuYds, RuTD, 21 ReYds, 3 RECs
15
FPTS
K. Cousins 8 QB
342 PaYds, 3 PaTDs, 17 RuYds
32
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:25
M.Crosby 38 yard field goal is GOOD Center-H.Bradley Holder-J.Scott.
9
plays
73
yds
2:31
pos
17
24
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:27
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile.
plays
yds
pos
14
24
Touchdown 0:27
K.Cousins pass short middle to A.Thielen for 14 yards TOUCHDOWN.
4
plays
31
yds
1:19
pos
14
23
Field Goal 3:31
D.Bailey 37 yard field goal is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile.
7
plays
25
yds
3:54
pos
14
17
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 11:01
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 11:01
K.Cousins pass deep left to S.Diggs for 30 yards TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
75
yds
3:15
pos
14
13
Point After TD 14:16
M.Crosby extra point is GOOD Center-H.Bradley Holder-J.Scott.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 14:16
A.Jones left end for 6 yards TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
75
yds
3:37
pos
13
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:53
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 2:53
K.Cousins pass short right to D.Cook for 26 yards TOUCHDOWN. GB-K.Brice was injured during the play.
6
plays
75
yds
3:01
pos
7
6
Point After TD 5:54
M.Crosby extra point is GOOD Center-H.Bradley Holder-J.Scott.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 5:54
A.Rodgers pass short left to D.Adams for 15 yards TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
68
yds
3:37
pos
6
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 25:23 34:37
1st Downs 14 22
Rushing 5 4
Passing 8 18
Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Conv 2-10 7-14
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-1
Total Net Yards 254 416
Total Plays 51 69
Avg Gain 5.0 6.0
Net Yards Rushing 82 91
Rush Attempts 19 29
Avg Rush Yards 4.3 3.1
Net Yards Passing 172 325
Comp. - Att. 17-28 29-38
Yards Per Pass 6.1 8.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-26 2-17
Penalties - Yards 4-20 6-55
Touchdowns 2 3
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 1 3
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 6-39.3 4-36.8
Return Yards 59 20
Punts - Returns 3-36 2-20
Kickoffs - Returns 1-23 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 3/3 4/6
Extra Points 2/2 3/3
Field Goals 1/1 1/3
Red Zone Eff. 2-2 -100% 1-3 -33%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-0 -0% 0-0 -0%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Packers 4-6-1 770317
Vikings 6-4-1 7710024
172 PASS YDS 325
82 RUSH YDS 91
254 TOTAL YDS 416
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
A. Rodgers 12 QB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.7% 198 1 0 94.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.7% 3271 20 1 101.7
A. Rodgers 17/28 198 1 0 13
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Jones 33 RB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 72 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
101 606 6
A. Jones 17 72 1 11 15
J. Williams 30 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
75 280 1
J. Williams 1 5 0 5 0
E. St. Brown 19 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
E. St. Brown 1 5 0 5 5
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Adams 17 WR
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 5 69 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 77 1022 10
D. Adams 8 5 69 1 36 12
E. St. Brown 19 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 53 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 215 0
E. St. Brown 5 3 53 0 23 5
J. Graham 80 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 34 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 36 486 2
J. Graham 4 2 34 0 25 3
A. Jones 33 RB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 19 162 1
A. Jones 5 3 21 0 10 15
L. Kendricks 84 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 117 1
L. Kendricks 3 2 14 0 8 1
M. Lewis 89 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 4 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 39 0
M. Lewis 1 1 4 0 4 0
M. Valdes-Scantling 83 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 25 413 2
M. Valdes-Scantling 2 1 3 0 3 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Alexander 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
44-4 1 0.0
J. Alexander 6-1 0.0 0 0
B. Martinez 50 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-7 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
60-37 0 4.0
B. Martinez 6-7 0.0 0 0
J. Jackson 37 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-8 0 0.0
J. Jackson 5-3 0.0 0 0
I. Campbell 39 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 0.0
I. Campbell 5-3 0.0 0 0
C. Matthews 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-11 0 2.0
C. Matthews 4-1 0.0 0 0
A. Morrison 44 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-19 0 1.0
A. Morrison 3-4 0.0 0 0
T. Williams 38 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-10 0 0.0
T. Williams 2-2 0.0 0 0
K. Fackrell 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-4 0 8.0
K. Fackrell 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Lowry 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-9 0 2.0
D. Lowry 2-1 1.0 0 0
K. Clark 97 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-16 0 6.0
K. Clark 2-2 1.0 0 0
M. Adams 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.0
M. Adams 2-1 0.0 0 0
J. Jones 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-4 0 0.0
J. Jones 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. Davis 11 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Davis 1-0 0.0 0 0
O. Burks 42 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-5 0 0.0
O. Burks 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Brice 29 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-9 0 1.0
K. Brice 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Gilbert 93 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-8 0 2.0
R. Gilbert 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Brown 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
T. Brown 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Lancaster 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
T. Lancaster 1-0 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Crosby 2 K
5
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 2/2
SEASON FG XP
21/27 25/27
M. Crosby 1/1 38 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Scott 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 46.0 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
45 45.1 15
J. Scott 6 46.0 3 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Williams 30 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
J. Williams 1 23.0 23 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Williams 38 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 11.5 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 7.5 23 0
T. Williams 2 11.5 23 0
T. Davis 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 13.0 13 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 11.0 15 0
T. Davis 1 13.0 13 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
K. Cousins 8 QB
32
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
76.3% 342 3 0 129.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
71.1% 3289 22 7 101.9
K. Cousins 29/38 342 3 0 32
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
L. Murray 25 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 33 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
107 455 5
L. Murray 11 33 0 8 3
D. Cook 33 RB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 29 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
65 228 0
D. Cook 10 29 0 9 12
K. Cousins 8 QB
32
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
34 103 1
K. Cousins 6 17 0 11 32
S. Diggs 14 WR
14
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 48 0
S. Diggs 1 12 0 12 14
C. Ham 30 FB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 7 0
C. Ham 1 0 0 0 1
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Thielen 19 WR
18
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 8 125 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 93 1138 8
A. Thielen 9 8 125 1 33 18
S. Diggs 14 WR
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 8 77 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 79 790 6
S. Diggs 11 8 77 1 30 14
K. Rudolph 82 TE
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 7 63 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 43 425 2
K. Rudolph 7 7 63 0 17 6
D. Cook 33 RB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 47 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 19 172 1
D. Cook 3 3 47 1 26 12
C. Ham 30 FB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 74 0
C. Ham 1 1 13 0 13 1
A. Robinson 17 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 11 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 150 4
A. Robinson 2 1 11 0 11 1
L. Treadwell 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 29 266 1
L. Treadwell 3 1 6 0 6 0
A. Abdullah 31 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 28 0
A. Abdullah 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
H. Smith 22 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
48-11 3 3.0
H. Smith 4-0 0.0 0 0
T. Waynes 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-7 1 0.0
T. Waynes 4-0 0.0 0 0
X. Rhodes 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-4 1 0.0
X. Rhodes 4-1 0.0 0 0
S. Richardson 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-21 0 3.0
S. Richardson 3-4 2.0 0 0
S. Weatherly 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-7 0 3.0
S. Weatherly 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Hunter 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-15 0 11.0
D. Hunter 2-2 0.0 0 0
J. Kearse 27 SAF
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-5 0 0.0
J. Kearse 2-1 0.0 0 0
M. Alexander 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-6 0 3.0
M. Alexander 2-2 0.0 0 0
E. Kendricks 54 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-6 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
49-30 0 0.0
E. Kendricks 1-6 0.0 0 0
A. Barr 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-10 0 0.0
A. Barr 1-0 0.0 0 0
L. Joseph 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-12 0 1.0
L. Joseph 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Brothers 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
K. Brothers 1-1 0.0 0 0
T. Johnson 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-3 0 3.0
T. Johnson 1-0 1.0 0 0
J. Johnson 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 0.0
J. Johnson 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Harris 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-7 3 0.0
A. Harris 1-1 0.0 0 0
E. Griffen 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-3 0 3.0
E. Griffen 1-0 1.0 0 0
D. Downs 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
D. Downs 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Bailey 5 K
6
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/3 3/3
SEASON FG XP
15/20 19/20
D. Bailey 1/3 37 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Wile 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 45.8 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
48 44.6 21
M. Wile 4 45.8 1 59
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Sherels 35 DB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 10.0 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
17 9.2 24 0
M. Sherels 2 10.0 20 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:46 GB 29 1:32 3 2 Punt
9:31 GB 32 3:37 7 68 TD
2:53 GB 25 3:37 7 75 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:01 GB 25 2:04 3 4 Punt
4:35 GB 38 1:40 4 21 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 GB 25 3:28 7 28 Punt
9:55 GB 35 2:34 4 9 Downs
3:27 GB 25 1:41 3 -12 Punt
0:27 GB 25 2:39 5 12 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
4:51 GB 7 2:31 9 73 FG
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MIN 25 2:14 3 5 Punt
11:14 MIN 24 1:43 3 -4 Punt
5:54 MIN 25 3:01 6 75 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:16 MIN 25 3:15 8 75 TD
8:57 MIN 17 4:22 7 53 FG Miss
2:55 MIN 10 2:55 11 52 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:32 MIN 25 1:37 3 4 Punt
7:21 GB 44 3:54 7 25 FG
1:46 GB 31 1:19 4 31 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:48 MIN 7 6:57 11 56 Punt
5:51 GB 15 1:00 4 8 Downs
2:20 GB 41 2:20 5 12 Game