Packers 29 Green Bay Packers Womens Hoodie , Vikings 29: Special teams successes, miscues define week two tie On Sunday, Aaron Rodgers fought through a difficult left knee injury to give the Green Bay Packers a chance to win a crucial week two matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. In a tough game against the reigning division champs, the Packers got contributions from all portions of the team, including a huge touchdown from its special teams early, some solid defense through the middle of the contest, and a big interception late in the game from Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to help extend their lead.However, a late touchdown and two-point conversion by Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins pulled the game even after a very questionable roughing the passer on Clay Matthews wiped out an interception by Jaire Alexander. If not for that call, the game would have effectively been over and gone down as a Packers victory. With another chance to win the game, Mason Crosby missed a 52-yard field goal (after hitting one just after a Vikings timeout), and the game went to overtime.Vikings kicker Daniel Carlson missed a 49-yard attempt on the first drive of overtime, giving the Packers a chance to win with any points. The Packers couldnt convert on the ensuing series, however, and the Vikings drove down for a 35-yard field goal attempt at the end of overtime. Carlson missed again, his third miss on the day, and the game went down in the standings as a tie.Rodgers gutted out the pain of his knee injury and although he did not have exceptional numbers, he was very effective at times, particularly throwing to receivers over the middle. He finished the day 30-of-42 for 281 yards and a touchdown to Davante Adams, adding 11 rushing yards on two carries.At times, it felt that the Packers were playing against two teams in this contest, however. They were on the wrong end of a handful of questionable penalty calls, most notably the penalty on Clay Matthews late in the game. The referees also were wholly inconsistent with their application of pass interference penalties, costing the Packers one big play on an OPI call and failing to call a few on the Vikings defense that looked clear on the television broadcast.The Packers received the opening kickoff after the Vikings won the coin toss and deferred. Early on the first drive, Rodgers was getting the ball out of his hands quickly, with a few decent gains, but after a bad Davante Adams drop on first down, Rodgers took a sack and the Packers could not convert on third-and-long.However, the Packers defense and special teams got off to a stellar start on the Vikings first series, led in particular by the rookie cornerbacks. After Jaire Alexander stopped a screen pass on second down and brought Kirk Cousins down for a sack on a slot blitz on third down, the special teams took the field to cover a punt by the Vikings Matt Wile. Geronimo Allison broke through the line, giving a full extension to get a hand on the punt, which dropped right into the arms of Josh Jackson in the end zone for a touchdown and the first points of the game.A quick Vikings response brought the game back to even, however, with a long kickoff return by Mike Hughes setting up a Laquon Treadwell touchdown. Treadwell beat Kevin King on an inside move as the Vikings tied the game at seven.Rodgers knee continued to bother him, but he showed some good mobility in and out of the pocket on the Packers next series as he led the Packers back into the lead. He converted an early third down on the ground, diving for a first down, then got some help from the running game and a holding penalty on Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander, which helped the Packers convert another third down. Finally, Rodgers hit Davante Adams on two straight plays, first for 13 yards and a first down and then for a 9-yard touchdown to take the lead back at 14-7. The offensive line was marvelous on the series, both keeping Rodgers clean and opening up big holes for Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery.When the Packers offense did struggle in the first half, punter JK Scott was there to flip the field. Scotts first punt in the first quarter was a great 44-yarder to pin the Vikings at their own seven-yard line, but his second was magnificent. That kick was a 63-yard bomb that pushed Vikings return man Marcus Sherels back from the 30 to inside the 20, where he made a fair catch at the 19-yard line. After a sequence of atrocious pass interference penalties that both went the Vikings way, Scott boomed a 59-yarder out of his own end late in the second quarter.Late in the second quarter, the Vikings had a chance to narrow the lead after Scotts third punt, which had a 13-yard return as Minnesota started near midfield, but a 48-yard field goal by Daniel Carlson sailed wide right, giving Rodgers 1:37 and no timeouts to work with before the half. A roughing the passer call on the first drive, a 9-yard pass to Ty Montgomery, and a 6-yard run by Monty set up the Packers in field goal range quickly. and Mason Crosby hit a 37-yard field goal for a 17-7 lead at the half.To start the second half, the Packers defense picked up where it left off, despite the loss of Kevin King to a groin injury. Kenny Clarks third-down sack of Cousins got the ball back over to Rodgers and company, and Aaron connected with Jimmy Graham early for a big 34-yard gain. That was Grahams first big play as a Packer, and Rodgers followed that up with a conversion to Adams on third-and-11, with the Vikings adding another 15 yards on a hit to Adams head. Mason Crosby drilled a 40-yard field goal to extend the lead to 20-7.Minnesota clawed back around the third-quarter break, however, as Cousins led a 71-yard drive to find the end zone. He hit Stefon Diggs for a short touchdown, pulling Minnesota back within six at 20-14.The Packers responded well Womens Customized Green Bay Packers Jerseys , however, picking up chunks of yardage thanks to Rodgers arm and a few short first downs with the legs of Jamaal Williams. However, the drive stalled in the red zone and Mason Crosbys short field goal made it a two-possession game once again at 23-14.Then, disaster struck.With King out of the game, Davon House was matched up on Stefon Diggs on the left side of the defense. Diggs burned House off the line quickly on a second-and-ten, and Cousins delivered a perfect deep ball. Diggs hauled it in and scampered to the end zone, cutting the Packers lead back to two points.With about seven minutes left in the game, Rodgers took over looking to find the end zone and run out some clock. The Packers couldnt do the former, but did extend their lead with another Crosby field goal. Rodgers started the drive by finding Graham up the right sideline for a big gain, then hit a number of different receivers for some critical gains to get into Vikings territory. Lined up on a third-and-six from the Vikings 30-yard line, Rodgers was pressured and threw the ball away, setting up a 48-yarder from Crosby.That gave the Vikings the football back with just over two minutes left and a pair of timeouts. It took just one play for the Packers to get the ball back, as Laquon Treadwell let a ball tip right off his hands and into the arms of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who returned the ball inside the 20.The game was hardly over, however, as the Packers could not pick up a first down, kicking yet another field goal to make it an eight-point game. The Packers attempted a pair of passes after the two-minute warning, however, stopping the clock and allowing Minnesota to retain their two timeouts.On the first play, Jaire Alexander picked off a deep heave, but Clay Matthews was flagged for another roughing the passer penalty this one far more questionable than the one on fourth down a week ago against the Bears. Following that play, the Vikings drove steadily down the field, not using either timeout until inside the red zone with 36 seconds remaining. Cousins then hit Adam Thielen for a 22-yard touchdown with Alexander in perfect coverage and threw a fade to Stefon Diggs to tie the game at 29.Rodgers found Graham for a ball up the sideline to get the Packers in field goal range, but after hitting a 52-yard field goal just after the Vikings took a timeout, Crosby missed left on his second attempt as the game went to overtime.The Vikings got the ball first in extra time, and after a quick first down to Kyle Rudolph, Cousins hit Dalvin Cook for a long catch-and-run into Packers territory. However, the Packers forced a 49-yard field goal attempt by Carlson, who missed the attempt to the right.Getting the ball needing any points to win the game, the Packers got to the edge of Crosbys field goal range but stalled out, and Rodgers took a sack at midfield. Scott punted into the end zone to give Minnesota the ball at the 20. Cousins hit Diggs and Thielen back to back to cross midfield quickly. On third-and-two from the Packers 35, Diggs picked up five yards, and the Vikings gradually drove forward to the 17 to set up Carlson for a shorter attempt, this time from 35 yards.As overtime expired, Carlson missed his third attempt on the day, sealing the game in the record books as a tie. Both teams move to 1-0-1 on the season.Packers Snap Counts: Bouagnon, Martini, Day get long auditions for roster spots vs. PIT On Friday, the headlines across the media covering the Green Bay Packers will focus on the teams offensive explosion and the pair of pick-sixes by two players who are guaranteed spots on the 53-man roster. Instead, in this look at the Packers 51-34 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, well examine how the snaps broke down, which gives us an idea who the team is looking at for certain position and roster battles.Well highlight a number of players who got significant playing time below, but three names stood out in terms of their snap counts this week. First is center Dillon Day, who led all players in snaps and appears to be the teams only backup plan at the center position. Second is running back Joel Bouagnon, whos getting plenty of opportunity to show whether he deserves a roster spot during Aaron Jones season-opening suspension. Finally, we look at linebacker Greer Martini, whos playing with the twos but who is very much still on the bubble.Heres how playing time broke down this week.OFFENSE (71 plays)QuarterbacksTim Boyle 23, DeShone Kizer 21, Brett Hundley 20, Aaron Rodgers 7As expected, the Packers got all four quarterbacks into the game on Thursday. Mike McCarthy said that his snap target for Rodgers was ten, so it was all but assured that he would only get one drive (barring a quick three-and-out or a quick-strike score on the opening series).After Rodgers, the other three signal-callers split up the work pretty evenly. Kizer was probably the most impressive of the three, however; Hundley bailed on the pocket too quickly once again, even when receivers were open. Kizer instead showed good poise dropping back and excellent accuracy, particularly on the pass to Jake Kumerow that went for a score and the goal-line fade to Robert Tonyan.Running BacksJoel Bouagnon 35, Jamaal Williams 17, Ty Montgomery 10, Akeem Judd 9 www.packerscheapstore.com , FB Joe Kerridge 9, FB Aaron Ripkowski 2It was another quiet night for the running game; Aaron Jones warmed up but did not dress for the game, and Williams turned an ankle a bit in the first half but should be okay. Montgomerys biggest play in either direction was a fumbled kickoff return that led to Pittsburghs second touchdown.Bouagnon did have a few slippery runs where he snuck through blockers, and he shedded a few tackls on occasion as he racked up 41 yards on 13 carries.Wide ReceiversDeAngelo Yancey 29, Equanimeous St. Brown 28, Marquez Valdes-Scantling 27, JMon Moore 25, Geronimo Allison 20, Jake Kumerow 19, Adonis Jennings 12, Davante Adams 7, Randall Cobb 7, Kyle Lewis 5It speaks volumes that Yancey can lead the teams receivers in snaps but only saw a single target in the game. Fundamentally, he isnt getting separation from coverage. St. Brown led the team in targets with five, but he had a pair of tough drops and only ended up with one catch for 12 yards. Meanwhile Moore couldnt haul in either of his official targets (though he did have a nice 18-yard reception wiped out by a penalty) and MVS had just one target, a 15-yard catch.Of course, this was the Kumerow show. All three of his targets were receptions, and all went for double-digit yardage and first downs. The big one was his 82-yard touchdown as mentioned earlier, Kizer put the ball in a perfect spot on an out route, and Kumerow baited the safety into a bad angle before cutting back to the middle and outracing the DBs to the end zone.Tight EndsLance Kendricks 21, Marcedes Lewis 17, Robert Tonyan 17, Emanuel Byrd 17, Jimmy Graham 11, Ryan Smith 6, Kevin Rader 5It was a nice day for the Packers tight ends in the passing game. When targeted, the group caught 9 of 10 passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns a passer rating of 150.4. Tonyan had three receptions for 20 yards and a score, Kendricks had two for 28, Byrd went two for 27, and Lewis had one particularly impressive leaping reception for a gain of 23. Graham had the other score, an eight-yard post-up in the end zone that should illustrate exactly what he will do near the goal line all year.Offensive LinemenC Dillon Day 54, T Kyle Murphy 52, G Lucas Patrick 40, T Jason Spriggs 40, T/G Byron Bell 35, T/G Adam Pankey 31, G Justin McCray 23, G Kofi Amichia 19, G Austin Davis 19, C Corey Linsley 17, T David Bakhtiari 17, T/G Alex Light 8The Packers rotated tackles and guards throughout the game, and Patrick got the start in place of the inactive Lane Taylor. Murphy started on the right side, then moved to the left when Bakhtiari came out of the game. Its becoming painfully clear that Murphy cannot handle speed off the edge on the left side, however, as he was badly beaten on a speed rush for a sack in the second straight game (this time by Bud Dupree). At one point, Spriggs and Murphy flipped, and Spriggs looked noticeably better on the left side.Bell played a large portion of the game at left guard following McCrays exit, as Patrick moved from left to right. Also, it seems that Day is fully established as the teams backup center, and Im thinking hes quietly earning a spot on the 53-man roster.DEFENSE (68 plays)Defensive LinemenJames Looney 26, Montravius Adams 25, Dean Lowry 21, Joey Mbu 21, Kenny Clark 20, Tyler Lancaster 16, Muhammad Wilkerson 15, Conor Sheehy 9Mike Pettine finally got his old buddy Wilkerson on the field last night, and he had a few ups and downs Green Bay Packers T-Shirt , recording one excellent tackle in the run game. Sheehy was the only member of the front line to record a hit on the quarterback, however, and the front struggled early on to contain the Steelers running game. Lowry recorded the units only tackle for loss.Outside LinebackersReggie Gilbert 29, Vince Biegel 28, Chris Odom 22, Kyler Fackrell 17, Kendall Donnerson 13, Clay Matthews 12, James Hearns 8This game was all about Reggie Gilbert off the edge. The third-year pro broke out with 2.5 sacks, including one strip-sack, as he abused the Steelers tackles all night long. Biegel spent much of the second half lined up over the center and dropping into a spy to follow Josh Dobbs, the mobile Steelers quarterback. That plan worked with mixed success; when Biegel read the play quickly enough he was able to beat Dobbs to the edge and make a tackle for loss, but a few times he did not react fast enough to do so, allowing Dobbs to pick up a first down.Fackrell had another hilariously bad rep off the right side, as he tried to crash down the line, tripped, fell on his face, and gave up contain. He added a half-sack as he helped clean up Mason Rudolph after Gilbert got the initial pressure. Donnerson added an assisted tackle but had one very good pressure on the QB that forced an incompletion.Inside LinebackersGreer Martini 34, Ahmad Thomas 32, Oren Burks 28, Blake Martinez 20, James Crawford 10, Naashon Hughes 9, Marcus Porter 4Although Burks got the most snaps a week ago, the Packers sent the second-string linebackers out for a few extra snaps in this game. However, Burks and Martinez tied for the team lead with four total tackles, each having one for a loss. Burks once again looked fast and instinctive, and continued to build on his strong play from last week.Martini had an up-and-down game, occasionally taking poor angles to the football and finishing with a single assisted tackle. Thomas had a solo tackle and an assist and continued to show the coverage ability that made him stand out early in camp. For now, Thomas looks like the #3 with Martini fighting for a roster spot and the #4 ILB job.SafetiesMarwin Evans 32, Raven Greene 29, Josh Jones 25, Kentrell Brice 17, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix 17With no Jermaine Whitehead, the Packers turned to this group of five plus Quinten Rollins at the safety position. Greene posted three tackles to lead the way.The starters looked rough early on, however. Brice continues to show that he can hit whats in front of him, but he struggles in space and identifying proper angles to the ball carrier. Clinton-Dix gave up a touchdown pass to Juju Smith-Schuster, but thats not a one-on-one matchup that would ever favor the Packers. He did have one particularly good tackle, but had a few ugly moments as well.CornerbacksJosh Hawkins 29, Lenzy Pipkins 28, Herb Waters 28, Demetri Goodson 22, Josh Jackson 22, Quinten Rollins 22, Davon House 17, Tramon Williams 17, Donatello Brown 14, Jaire Alexander 10Alexanders debut was brief, as the team decided to only give him a handful of snaps. However, he did start in the slot with Williams and House on the outside, perhaps a sign of whats to come in week one. Although Alexander wasnt in on any tackles, he did have a nice pass rush on a corner blitz that nearly got home to Rudolph.Williams and Jackson each recorded a pick-six, with Tramon taking Rudolphs first pass to the house and Jackson doing the same to Dobbs. Both players baited the young quarterbacks into the throws up the right sideline, then used their considerable ball skills to make the catch and head to the end zone.For the reserve corners, it was largely ugly. Hawkins got beaten badly on a deep route by James Washington, Demetri Goodson gave up a touchdown to the same receiver when he appeared to be in a good position to break up the pass but made no play on the football, and Waters allowed a score on a simultaneous possession call in the end zone.A bonus note was that Jackson got a few opportunities on punt returns and made the most of them he had one fair catch but took his other return 41 yards, weaving in and out of tacklers and looking very comfortable (perhaps from his days as a receiver at Iowa). Rollins also had a pair of nice returns that went 18 and 17 yards.