Jared Allen's sack-producing ways continued for the Vikings in a losing effort. He talked about getting to Aaron Rodgers and more. Plus, get two dozen notes that help tell the tale of the game.
set a franchise record with a first-quarter sack of Aaron Rodgers
– the ninth straight game in which Allen has recorded at least one sack.
Rodgers had been sacked just 12 times before Sunday's game, but the Vikings got to him four times, including twice by Allen.
"We have faced Rodgers and that offense for the past four years. They are playing like hell, but there is nothing we haven't seen and haven't defended," Allen said. "At times in this game, we did it great. That third quarter, we played pretty well. A couple of big plays, we need to take back and it's a different game.
Allen's first-quarter sack gave him 10.5 for the season – the fifth straight year he has recorded double-digit sacks. He would add another later in the game to finish with 11.5 sacks on the season – putting him ahead of the pace of the franchise record of 21 in a season.
The NFL single-season record is 22.5, and Allen is on pace for 26 sacks this year, averaging 1.6 per game. Right now, he says he isn't thinking about the sack records.
"I go out to win games. We are trying to win games. Six loses. Other than that, keep playing. I can look back at the end of the season," he said.
The teams combined for 856 total yards – 435 by the Vikings and 421 by the Packers.
The Vikings had a huge day on the ground. Of their 435 total yards, 218 came on the ground and 217 came through the air.
One of the Vikings' biggest problems this season has been converting third downs on offense, but Ponder provided a spark, converting nine of 16 third downs (56 percent). The Packers converted just two of eight third downs, but one of them came with 1:20 to play and salted away the game.
The punting game was a clear edge for the Packers. Green Bay had a net punting average (which includes return yardage factored in) of 55.3 yards. The Vikings had a net punting average of just 29.8 yards.
The Vikings hurt themselves with penalties, committing nine for 91 yards.
Adrian Peterson ran 24 times for 175 yards, his most rushing yards in a game since Nov. 9 2008, when he ran for 192 yards against the Packers at the Metrodome.
Aaron Rodgers threw for 335 yards – the sixth time in seven games he has thrown for more than 300 yards. The one game he didn't hit the 300 plateau he threw for 298.
The injury-depleted Vikings were already without John Sullivan on the offensive line, but lost Anthony Herrera to a knee injury. He was injured in the second quarter and, after having a brace put on his injured left knee, he returned in the second half only to take himself out of the game after aggravating the injury.
Percy Harvin, who has been dealing with sore ribs all season, left the game in the second quarter and didn't play in the second half.
Herrera was replaced at right guard by Brandon Fusco, who never played guard in college.
Jenkins had the first 100-yard receiving day of the season for the Vikings, catching three passes for 111 yards.
Peterson went over 100 yards for a third time this season, reaching the milestone with three minutes left in the third quarter.
Asher Allen, who was pressed into starting duty after the arrest of Chris Cook early Saturday morning, tied for the team lead with 11 tackles (nine solo). Chad Greenway also had 11 tackles (five of them solo).
Rodgers went over 300 yards passing with 11 minutes to play in third quarter, but used more ball control the remainder of the game to bleed out the clock.
Rodgers was 17 of 20 in the first half and, of his three incompletions, one was a drop by Randall Cobb and another was a spike to stop the clock in the closing seconds of the half. He started the game by completing his first 13 passes.
In the second quarter, Ryan Longwell hit a 52-yard field goal – the 24th of his career and his 11th as a Viking from 50 yards or more. He has made 10 field goal attempts of 50-plus yards.
Both QBs were dominant in the first quarter. Rodgers completed all eight of his passes for 102 yards, a touchdown and a passer rating of 158.3. Ponder completed three of six passes for 87 yards and a touchdown for a passer rating of 135.4.
Cobb had a big punt return in the third quarter but was an early goat when he muffed a punt in the first half that was recovered by the Vikings and led to a touchdown to give Minnesota a 14-7 lead.
On Green Bay's first drive of the game, Rodgers completed all six of his pass attempts to six different receivers, gaining 76 yards – capped by a 2-yard touchdown to fullback John Kuhn.
Ponder's first pass of the game was a 72-yard bomb to Jenkins that appeared to be a touchdown, but, after review, was ruled down on the 1-yard line. One play later, Ponder got his first touchdown on a 2-yard pass to Visanthe Shiancoe.
The Packers won the opening toss and deferred in hopes of pressuring Ponder early. Instead, the Vikings got an early spark. Ponder's 72-yard pass to Jenkins was the longest by a rookie QB in franchise history, breaking the old record of 71 yards by Fran Tarkenton in 1961.
The Vikings introduced the offense prior to the game and the biggest ovation by far was for Ponder.
The Vikings honored Chris Doleman at halftime of the game, inducting the defensive end into the Vikings Ring of Honor. Prior to the game, Doleman sounded the ceremonial Gjallarhorn to introduce the team
The paid attendance was 63,946, the 140th straight sellout at the Metrodome.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.