November 22, 2021

Minnesota Vikings Win Vs The Green Bay Packers


Minnesota Vikings Win Vs The Green Bay Packers
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for November 22, 2021

On Sunday, we headed to US Bank Stadium to see our beloved Minnesota Vikings play another home game.

We were ready for the border battle with our most hated rivals, the Green Bay Packers.

Luke joined me for the game and we were jacked up for the contest.  We play Fantasy Football together and both had our own individuals in the game we wanted to do well and others who we secretly wanted to not do so well even though they're on our favorite team.  Fantasy can make being a fan so confusing sometimes.

We braced ourselves for the fact that the Vikings Packers game always seems to attract many cheese heads we don't normally have to endure at home games.  At least some of them dress in a manner that directly reflects how we feel about them.

Our seats are directly above where the players enter the field.  We love cheering on the players as they come on the field through the dragon smoke.  It used to be dragon fire, but another team had a pyrotechnics mishap last year and our dragon fire has been banned.  It's not quite the same, but we still like to scream for the home team.

It seems like every game now has an amazing number of tributes to the military.  I think that's great and we should honor those who sacrifice themselves for our country.  I just notice it seems games now pay tribute to our service-people and the American flag way more often than they used to.  It's almost like they're making up for something.

Before the game started, they highlighted the stats of both quarterbacks on the big screen.  I think many would be surprised that Kirk has out performed Aaron so far this season.  The sports media surely doesn't seem to treat them as though they are on the same level professionally.

Of course in Minnesota, we've had years and years of pain inflicted on us by Mr. Rodgers.  We know all too well that no lead is too safe and no amount of time on the clock is too little when he gets the ball in his hands.  He proved it again to us late in the 4th quarter,  when he tied the game with a 75 yard bomb to Marquez Valdes-Scantling.  Luke and I looked at each other after that happened like "Here we go again".  

However, the Vikings remained aggressive the whole game and just kept pouring on the gas to stay in front of them.  Cousins put up impressive stats including 341 yards passing and 3 touchdowns with no interceptions.  Dalvin Cook added 86 yards on the ground with a touchdown.

Our Minnesota State Mankato favorite, Adam Thielen, had a solid game with 8 receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown.

However it was our 2nd year super-star, Justin Jefferson, who left the game as the Big Hero.  He had 8 receptions for 169 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Which was awesome.  Except that I was playing against him in Fantasy which just ends up making the whole dang thing bitter sweet!

Despite another incredible performance by Rodgers who passed for 386 yards, 4 touchdowns, and no interceptions, we ended up in a position to win.  The Packers fans will certainly blame a controversial call by the officials that proclaimed a suspected interception to instead be an incompletion, but for once it seems a call went our way.  Cousins then marched the team down the field and set-up a win with a 29 yard field goal by Greg Joseph as time expired.  We thought it was a great victory!  

 Coach Zimmer appears to be thinking "This isn't my playcard.  Who's playcard is this?"

I caught this photo of Aaron Rodgers and Sheldon Richardson chatting while Packers Offensive lineman, Elgton Jenkins, was being treated for his injury.  Rodgers had also been slammed to the ground pretty hard on the same play and had spent a couple of minutes walking around and shaking off what I'm guessing had been pretty painful.  I then wonder, "what are these guys saying to each other?"  We'll probably never know.


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