It was a beautiful day at lambau field and a great day for a game between arguably the biggest rivals in the NFL. The Cheers and the Jeers of the home town Green Bay fans resonated through the air as both teams took the field. The Packers, in the mist of a magical season that no Minnesotan would ever admit to let alone aknowledge were riding a six game winning streak to start the season. The anger started brewing even louder. The Vikings going into the game with a 1-5 start have reduced their role from contenders in the division to spoilers. The hatred has now become insurmountable as Green Bay’s Home crowd expressed that their feelings for their enemy was than just an unpleasant distaste. It’s time for kick off, and the story line between the most recongized border battle is about to continue.
…What? wait just one second. This has the feel of a road game for the Vikings why are their so many fans jeering in the stands. This image had not taken place on foreign soil, it was happening on our own soil or turf. I know Jared Allen told everyone not to sell tickets to packer fans but I guess we didn’t listen. Instead we found our Vikings Nation invaded.
Well, alls well never really ends well, but at least the first start in rookie Vikings Quarterback Christian Ponder’s young career got off to a magnificent start. he through a 80 yard bomb to #84 for a touch down on the first play of the game. Some would say just like old times. It had to send fear into the eyes of the Packer’s in reminiscence of former Packer Killer Randy Moss, but this time sportin’ the #84 jersey was wide receiver Michael Jenkins. He walked in easily for the touchdown and just like that the Vikes were up Seven to nothing. Ponder has just begun to emerge as the new Packer killer in town.
On the ensuing drive the Pack and that other quarterback on the field (I always forget his name, sorry. He is no brett favre) somehow managed to move the ball down field for a touchdown of their own against the soft Viking Defense. Ponder and the Vikings responded with a pair of scoring drives and capitalized on a botched punt return by the packers punt returner whoever that no name guy is. The Vikes were up 17 to 13 at half and the Vikes revenge was looking pretty sweet. However, the 2nd half was marred by bad calls and favoritsm by the offiicials, and and the young Viking QB became flustered throwing a pair of interceptions to Woodson, before he regained his composure to march the distance of the football feild to cut the Packer lead to six points. The next Viking drive came to a halt as Frazier elected to punt on 4 and 8, electing to give the ball back to the purples sworn enemy. Vikings ran out of time and the game ended on a false start penalty that strangely was ignored after the play on third down was ruled dead. The clock continued to drain, making it impossible for the Vikings to finish their comeback. The game was over and our team came up short, but the loss was kind of bitter sweet. We saw something in our beloved team today. They showed courage, they showed heart and at the helm they are in good hands with Christian Ponder.
until next time Skol Vikes,
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