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Packers At Vikings: Minnesota Takes Four-Point Lead Into Halftime

The Vikings gave the Packers the ball back after the Ryan Longwell field goal with 55 seconds remaining, and the Packers starting at their own 20-yard line.

The Packers did manage to move the ball a ways downfield, aided by a dumb personal foul penalty on LeTroy Guion for roughing the passer, but it ultimately wasn't enough. The Packers were called for delay of game with ten seconds left, and Aaron Rodgers' third-down pass for James Starks fell incomplete. The Packers had to settle for Mason Crosby's second field goal of the day, a 45-yarder to cut Minnesota's lead to 17-13.

At halftime, Aaron Rodgers is 17/20 for 197 yards and a touchdown for the Packers, while Green Bay's running backs have combined for 36 yards on 8 carries. For Minnesota, Christian Ponder is doing his best to keep pace, completing 8-of-14 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown to Visanthe Shiancoe. The Vikings' rushing attack has put together 15 carries for 87 yards, including 11 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown for Adrian Peterson.

Jared Allen registered two sacks in the first half of play, giving him 11.5 on the season thus far. He has also registered a sack in nine consecutive games going back to last season, which sets a new Vikings' record.

We're at halftime at the Metrodome, and the Minnesota Vikings have a surprising lead over the Green Bay Packers, 17-13.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.