Minnesota Vikings defeat Green Bay Packers 17-14 behind Sam Bradford's big game

Sam Bradford shined in his Minnesota Vikings debut, as well as second-year wide receiver Stefan Diggs, as they teamed up to lead the Vikings to a 17-14 win over border rival Green Bay Packers.

Minnesota Vikings defeat Green Bay Packers 17-14 behind Sam Bradford's big game
Kyle Rudolph catches a touchdown pass from Sam Bradford. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images North America)
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The Minnesota Vikings opened brand new US Bank Stadium with a 17-14 win over rival Green Bay on Sunday night thanks to a massive game from Sam Bradford. Bradford was acquired two weeks prior to the game after Teddy Bridgewater suffered a knee injury that has him sitting out the entire season.

Vikings offense stalls on the first possession

The Vikings started with the ball but were unable to do anything, despite a 15-yard pass from Bradford to Adam Theilen. The Packers were unable to do anything also, as they were forced to punt. The Vikings second possession was worse than their first, thanks to a sack from Mike Daniels, which set the Vikings way back. Bradford did manage to find Stefan Diggs on third down for a 14-yard play, but it wasn’t enough for a first down, and the punting team came onto the field once more.

Jeff Locke’s punt ended up being blocked by Ty Montgomery, giving the Packers possession at their own 46-yard line. Aaron Rodgers came out and engineered a touchdown drive, which was aided by two penalties on cornerback Terrance Newman, with the first being a defensive pass interference that gave the Packers first and goal and the second being a holding that put them at the two-yard-line. Rodgers found the end zone two plays later when he hit Jordy Nelson to put the Packers up 6-0. Mason Crosby hit the extra point, and just like that, the Packers had a 7-0 lead.

Vikings tie the game in the second quarter

The Vikings responded in the second quarter when Bradford found tight end Kyle Rudolph in the end zone for an 8-yard TD pass. Blair Walsh, who has struggled to start the season, kicked the extra point to tie the game at 7 with 10:18 left in the second quarter. They added three more points just before halftime when Walsh kicked a 46-yard field goal to make it a 10-7 game.

Minnesota Vikings tightend Kyle Rudolph catches a eight-yard touchdown pass from Sam Bradford | Source: Jamie Squire - Getty Images
Minnesota Vikings tightend Kyle Rudolph catches a eight-yard touchdown pass from Sam Bradford | Source: Jamie Squire - Getty Images

The Vikings got another touchdown early in the third quarter when Bradford connected with Diggs for a 25-yard touchdown. Walsh again nailed the extra point to make it a 17-7 game.

Green Bay responded with a touchdown early in the fourth quarter after Rodgers ran it in from 10 yards out. After Crosby nailed the extra point, it was just a three-point Vikings lead.

Green Bay unable to make comeback

The Packers had multiple drives late in the game, but their final one ended with under two minutes left when Trae Waynes intercepted Rodgers to give the Vikings the ball, and after a few runs up the middle and a quarterback kneel, the Vikings walked away with a 17-14 win over their biggest rival.

Bradford and Diggs shine, Peterson injured

While Bradford shined in his Vikings debut, the real star was Diggs. He had nine catches for 182 yards and one touchdown. Bradford, meanwhile, went 22-31 for 286 yards and two touchdown passes. Rodgers struggled for the Packers, as he went just 20-36 for 216 yards and one touchdown, but he also had a fumble lost and an interception.

It was not all good news for the Vikings, as star running back Adrian Peterson was forced to leave the game in the third quarter with an apparent right knee injury.  According to multiple reports, there will be no news on him until at least Monday, but it did not look good, as he was unable to put any weight on his leg as he was helped to the locker room.

The Vikings are now 2-0 on the season, and will next Sunday when they travel to Carolina to face the Panthers. Green Bay, meanwhile, now drops to 1-1 on the season, as they turn their focus to the Detroit Lions, as they return to Lambeau Field for a long homestand.