It was not the start to the game against the Vikings that Packers fans were expecting. Their first drive went for an uncharacteristic 3 and out while their second drive stalled after a late hit on Rodgers that sent him into the locker room. Rodgers hurt his right shoulder on the play and backup Brett Hundley took over under center.
It was later learned that Rodgers broke his collarbone and that he will miss significant time - potentially the entire rest of the 2017 season.
The first score of the game came on a screen pass to Minnesota RB Jerick McKinnon to give the Vikings a 7-0 lead. The momentum was fully on Minnesota’s side and a shanked punt by Justin Vogel didn’t help.
On a short field, however, Kenny Clark was able to punch the ball away from McKinnon on a rushing play that was recovered by Clay Matthews and returned to the Vikings 18.
With a quick series in the redzone, Hundley was able to find a wide open Davante Adams, who had been since shadowed by Xavier Rhodes. That passing play brought the score to 7-7.
The Vikings came back and added another McKinnon score to make it 14-7. The Packers followed that scoring play up with a Damarious Randall interception.
On what looked like a repeat of last week’s game against Dallas, Randall was in the right place at the right time, intercepting a tipped ball. The difference this time is that the corner wasn’t able to find pay dirt and the Packers settled for an eventual Mason Crosby field goal to bring the score to 14-10.
The Vikings came out of the second half on a long scoring drive notching a 36-yard field goal after an obvious incomplete pass that went unchallenged by Mike McCarthy.
The Vikings would follow that up with two more additional field goals making the score 23-10. The Packers appeared to be in cruise control at this point and just hoping to get back home before any more injuries mounted.
It didn’t get much better from there as Corey Linsley and Jahri Evans were the only two offensive line players still on the field from the starting line.
In addition to a broken collarbone of Aaron Rodgers, the Packers lost Quentin Rollins, Lane Taylor and Bryan Bulaga all to injury, while David Bakhtiari left the game after re-aggravating his hamstring injury.
Stay tuned for more updates on the injuries over the coming days.