MINNEAPOLIS, MN (WHBL) - The Green Bay Packers continue to lead the N-F-C North Division by a half-game over Detroit after beating Minnesota 44-31 Sunday night at the Metrodome. The Packers were up 24-17 at the break, and they scored the first 17 points of the second half to break the game open. Playing without seven starters, Aaron Rodgers had nearly pinpoint accuracy -- especially on third down, when he threw a perfect 10 for 10. He was 24 of 29 on the night for 285 yards and two touchdowns to Jordy Nelson. Green Bay was 13 of 18 overall on third down, and they scored on each possession except the last, when they took a knee. The Packers held the ball almost 41 minutes to just 19 for Minnesota. Green Bay more than doubled Minnesota's total yardage, 464-243. All that came after Cordarrelle Patterson set an NFL record by returning the opening kickoff 109 yards to put the Vikings up 7-0. Micah Hyde missed a tackle on that play -- but he made up for it with a 93-yard punt return touchdown for Green Bay later in the first half.Nelson caught seven passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns for the Pack. Eddie Lacy ran for 94 yards and a score. Adrian Peterson was limited to 60 rushing yards and a T-D. He also caught three of Christian Ponder's passes for another 23 yards. Ex-Packer Greg Jennings had one catch for nine yards. Ponder completed 14 of 21 for 145 yards, as Minnesota dropped to 1-6. The Packers appear to have escaped the game with no new injuries for a change. Green Bay went 15-16 lifetime in the Metrodome, which will be torn down after the season to make way for a new Vikings' stadium. The Pack has won four straight, and is now 5-2. They'll host Chicago a week from tonight.
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