Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdowns and just five incompletions on Sunday night as the Green Bay Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings 44-31 in a battle of NFC North rivals at Mall of America Field.
Rodgers was 24-of-29 passing for 285 yards and the two scores, with both of those going to Jordy Nelson. Eddie Lacy also added 94 yards rushing and a touchdown in the winning effort.
Cordarrelle Patterson returned the opening kickoff 109 yards for a touchdown, putting the Vikings up 7-0 less than 30 seconds into the game.
From there, starting quarterback Christian Ponder continued an unimpressive season for Minnesota while filling in this week for an injured Josh Freeman. Ponder was 14-of-21 passing for 145 yards and no touchdowns.
Adrian Peterson was quiet throughout the game, gaining 60 yards on 13 carries and scoring a touchdown late in the first half for Minnesota.
Micah Hyde also had a return touchdown in the game, returning a punt 93 yards for a score late in the second quarter to put the Packers up 24-10 at the time.
Green Bay is now (5-2) after the win while Minnesota falls to (1-6).