MINNEAPOLIS - Aaron Rodgers threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 44-31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night.
"Obviously a very disappointing loss at home to an NFC opponent, it's a tough loss for us," said Viking coach Leslie Frazier.
Rodgers completed 24 of 29 passes and Jordy Nelson had 123 yards receiving for the Packers.
Micah Hyde returned a punt 93 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter, and Eddie Lacy rushed for 94 yards and a score for Green Bay (5-2).
Cordarrelle Patterson set an NFL record with a 109-yard return on the opening kickoff and Adrian Peterson rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings (1-6).
Christian Ponder struggled again in his return to the starting lineup and the Packers scored on every possession until they took a knee to end the game.
"We couldn't find a way to get off the field on third down and it really came back to haunt us," Frazier said.
The Packers finished the game with 15 third or fourth down conversions. The most they had in a game since 1970.
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