Bay Packers' Julius Peppers runs back an interception
49-yards for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL
football game against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, Oct.
2, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis.
BAY — Julius Peppers crossed the goal line and caught his
But his work
wasn't done after returning an interception 49 yards for a
touchdown. Teammate Morgan Burnett pointed to the stands — time
for Peppers' first Lambeau Leap.
One of many for
the Packers on Thursday night.
threw for three scores, and Eddie Lacy ran for a season-high 105
yards and two touchdowns in the 42-10 rout of the Minnesota
hauled in a 66-yard touchdown catch. Things were going so well in
Green Bay that even Peppers found his way to the end zone through
But something was
said, 'Go, go, go, go!'" Peppers recounted.
This is all new
to Peppers after joining the Packers in the offseason as a free
actually pretty tough to get up there. I was pretty tired after
that run, so I barely got up there," Peppers said. "It
Bay Packers' Davante Adams celebrates his touchdown catch
with fans during the first half of an NFL football game
against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in
Green Bay, Wis.
The Vikings had
it much worse.
The Packers led
28-0 after the first half played in a light rain. They essentially
toyed with Minnesota the rest of the way.
outplayed us," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. "They
were more physical than we were. They did a much better job all
Peppers had the
highlight-reel play in the second quarter after picking off a pass
over the middle from Christian Ponder, who was hit by tackle
Luther Robinson as he released the throw.
Peppers veered left across the field and waited for blocks before
striding the final 10 yards along the sideline to make it 21-0
with 7:06 left in the second quarter.
the first player in NFL history with 100 sacks and 10
"I like the
way it went tonight," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.
"Yeah, I'll take this."
in getting the start at quarterback with rookie Teddy Bridgewater
out with a sprained left ankle.
intercepted Ponder's pass over the middle on Minnesota's drive
after the Peppers' touchdown, setting up Rodgers' 11-yard scoring
pass to Davante Adams to give Green Bay a four-touchdown lead with
4:55 left in the first half.
Bay Packers' Julius Peppers is congratulated by teammate
Morgan Burnett (42) as Minnesota Vikings quarterback
Christian Ponder walks off the field after Peppers
intercepted a pass and returned it 49-yards for a touchdown
during the first half of an NFL football game against the
Minnesota Vikings Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis.
That was Rodgers'
200th career touchdown — though he let Adams' keep the ball in
honor of his first career score.
proud of Aaron," McCarthy said. "It seems like he's in
the point of his career now where every week or every other week
he's breaking a record."
The rest of the
game was a mere formality. Fans took delight in showering former
Green Bay receiver Greg Jennings with boos whenever he touched the
with two catches for 31 yards.
Rodgers was 12 of
17 for 156 yards — and the offense wasn't really at its best.
There were several three-and-outs sprinkled among the touchdown
But after a short
week to get ready for a Thursday night game, the Packers will
surely relish this win over a long weekend.
On the touchdown
to Nelson, Rodgers found the NFL's leading receiver on
play-action. Nelson caught the pass stride at the 20 and easily
outraced safety Harrison Smith into end zone for the Packers'
Bay Packers' Randall Cobb (18) celebrates his touchdown
catch with teammate Davante Adams (17) in front of Minnesota
Vikings' Captain Munnerlyn (24) during the first half of an
NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis.
connected with Randall Cobb for an 8-yard touchdown pass set up by
three straight long runs by Lacy. Cobb scored his league-leading
sixth touchdown of the season.
struggling running game also got back on track, with Lacy running
for touchdowns on back-to-back drives in the third quarter. He
barreled over safety Robert Blanton into the end zone on his
second score, from 10 yards out.
know, he's going to be a guy who's just going to be continuing to
lay on people and to be more of a force as the weather continues
to turn here," Rodgers said.
Minnesota rarely advanced past midfield. Its only venture across
the 50 in the first half ended with Burnett forcing Matt Asiata to
fumble after an 11-yard run, and Casey Hayward recovered the
Vikings' third consecutive turnover.
much of the night, Minnesota could rarely get anything going
through the air until late with the game well in hand. Ponder was
22 of 44 for 222 yards.
finished with six sacks, including 1 1/2 apiece for Mike Daniels
and former Viking Letroy Guion.
finally broke the shutout on Ponder's 6-yard touchdown run on the
first play of the fourth quarter. But they still trailed 42-7.
like that, you don't have much to say. It was embarrassing. That's
not the way I expected to come out and play," Ponder said.
Minnesota had the
most notable injury when receiver Cordarelle Patterson left with a
hip injury early in the third quarter after making a 6-yard catch.
For Green Bay, defensive lineman Datone Jones left in the second
quarter with an ankle injury.