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Vikings, Kirk Cousins ​​beat Packers, Aaron Rodgers in NFC North showdown


Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns, and kicker Greg Joseph netted a winning basket of 29 yards at the end of the time limit to lead Minnesota to a 34-31 victory over the Packers Sunday afternoon.

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Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) celebrates with teammate Dede Westbrook (12) after catching a 23-yard touchdown pass in the second half against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, November 21, 2021 in Minneapolis.
(AP Photo / Bruce Kluckhohn)

Wide receiver Justin Jefferson had eight catches for 169 yards with two scores, including a 23-yard strike delivered by Cousins ​​with 2:17 left in the fourth quarter. After a successful two-point conversion from running back Dalvin Cook, the Vikings held a 31-24 lead.

However, in subsequent practice for the Packers, quarterback Aaron Rodgers connected with wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 75-yard touchdown to tie the game just before the two-minute warning.

Vikings, Kirk Cousins ​​beat Packers, Aaron Rodgers in NFC North showdown

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling, left, catches a 75-yard touchdown pass past Minnesota Vikings free goaltender Xavier Woods, right, during the second half on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021 in Minneapolis .
(AP Photo / Bruce Kluckhohn)

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After the Packers touchdown, Cousins ​​and the Vikings made sure to give Rodgers no time. After a near interception by Packers safety Darnell Savage, Cousins ​​went 3-for-3 for 51 yards on the next three plays before Cook ran for another first down. The Vikings then knelt down to set up Joseph’s final kick.

The Packers’ defense has allowed just 34 points in the previous three games, but struggled in a game in which Rodgers completed 23 of 33 passes for a record 385 yards and four touchdowns.

Vikings, Kirk Cousins ​​beat Packers, Aaron Rodgers in NFC North showdown

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) sits on the sidelines during the second half against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Minneapolis.
(AP Photo / Jim Mone)

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Next, the Vikings (5-5) will travel to San Francisco to face the 49ers. The Packers host the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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