Peterson leaves in win
MINNEAPOLIS — Sam Bradford had a Minnesota debut almost as dazzling as the Vikings' new $1.1 billion building, completing 22 of 30 passes for 286 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers to lead the Vikings past the rival Packers 17-14 on Sunday night.
The defense did the rest, sacking Aaron Rodgers five times and producing two turnovers in the fourth quarter that quashed a Green Bay comeback and sent the crowd of 66,813 into a deafening frenzy in celebration of first regular-season game at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Minnesota's Adrian Peterson, last season's league leader in rushing, limped off in the third quarter with a right knee injury; he had 19 yards on 12 carries. But the Vikings proved they still have a lot of options. Stefon Diggs caught nine passes for 182 yards a touchdown. They held the Packers to 65 yards in the first half, withstanding an early touchdown pass by Rodgers to Jordy Nelson on a drive aided by two penalties by cornerback Terence Newman.
Minnesota cornerback Trae Waynes, who had two penalties himself, intercepted Rodgers in Vikings territory in the closing minutes to seal the victory. The previous drive was killed when Brian Robison knocked the ball out of the hands of Rodgers, who ran for 29 yards and a touchdown. Bradford, acquired from the Eagles this month, was the better quarterback.