The Packers completed a 105-yard kickoff return, picked six in the wild first quarter against the Vikings
The Green Bay Packers entered Lambeau Field against their NFC North rival, the Minnesota Vikings, holding their fate in their hands: they win and they will qualify for the playoffs.
Well, they got off to the best possible start with some amazing plays on special teams and defense.
After the Packers had a blocked punt that led to a Vikings field goal, Green Bay was looking to bounce back, and it was dynamic running back Keisean Nixon who got the job.
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Nixon took a kickoff from Greg Joseph five yards into the end zone and ran it all the way back for a 105-yard return for a touchdown to move up 7-3.
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Nixon came close to scoring his first career comeback for a score in recent weeks but couldn’t go through with it. This time, however, the Packers gave him the perfect blocks and he found the seams he needed to split tackles and head all the way to the end zone.
But the Packers weren’t done making game-changing plays. With the Vikings facing a 4th-and-2 on the Packers’ 37-yard line, they chose to go for it. The decision did not work in their favor.
The cousins backed up to pass and tried to find TJ Hockenson in the middle. However, Packers cornerback Darnell Savage caught the angled pass and immediately sought more yards down the field.
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Savage got his blockers out in front of him, scampered past some tacklers and took it home for a 75-yard pick six to make it 14-3.
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These are the type of games the Packers need as the Washington Commanders’ loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday sees Green Bay reach the playoffs with a win over Minnesota this week and a win over the Detroit Lions this week. of week 18.