With the Minnesota Vikings rolling behind Adrian Peterson, the Green Bay safety picked off Christian Ponder twice in the red zone in the second half Sunday. Mason Crosby converted the miscues into a pair of field goals, James Starks gave Green Bay its first touchdown on the ground in almost two months and the Packers overcame Peterson's monster day for a 23-14 win.
"I can't say there are many Seattle fans in the locker room," Aaron Rodgers said, "but we appreciate the help."
Peterson finished with 210 yards rushing, the most he's had since blowing out his ACL and MCL last December. That included a career-long 82-yard touchdown that gave Minnesota a 14-10 lead at halftime.
But his big numbers weren't enough to make up for the absence of Percy Harvin, who missed his third straight game with a sprained ankle. Ponder didn't help matters with his interceptions, one in the end zone and the other around the Green Bay 10.
"As we walked into the tunnel, Everson Griffen was behind me talking. He was like, 'Why does it feel like we won? But we're leaving here with a loss,'" Peterson said. "That's the type of feeling it was. We know that it's things that we did that cost us the game."
"We can win with the personnel that we have," Frazier said. "We've shown that we can. We just have to do a few things better. There's no reason to panic."
The Packers didn't panic despite injuries to Jordy Nelson (hamstring) and T.J. Lang (ankle) leaving the offense scrambling and Peterson almost single-handedly wiping out Green Bay's early 10-0 lead. He put the Vikings in great position to pad that lead, ripping off a 48-yarder on the first play of the second half that gave Minnesota the ball at the Green Bay 12.
But two plays later, Ponder got flushed out of the pocket. Rather than take the sack or run out of bounds, he heaved the ball into the end zone -- and right into Burnett's hands.
"I'd seen it was a pretty spiral, and I made sure I got my paws on it," Burnett said.
This one was good, however, the kick wobbling through the uprights for a 47-yard field goal.
Rodgers was picked off on a trick play, but the Packers defense bailed him out, stuffing Peterson for no gain on third-and-1. A bad Chris Kluwe punt gave the Packers the ball at their own 49 and, four plays later, Starks bolted 22 yards for the score and Green Bay's first lead since the second quarter.
It was Green Bay's first rushing touchdown since Oct. 7.
"This one definitely hurts," Ponder said. "For what this game means to the team, to this state, it's disappointing -- especially with the way Adrian played -- to go out and throw two interceptions."
Rodgers, who turned 29 Sunday, completed 27 of 35 passes for 286 yards.
"Everything's right in front of us," Rodgers said. "We've got to go win our home games and get a couple wins on the road."
NOTES: Burnett's two interceptions matched his single-game career high. He also had two last year against the Bears. ... Peterson is the second player to gain 100 yards rushing against the Packers this year, and first since San Francisco's Frank Gore in the season opener. ... The 11-minute scoring drive was Green Bay's longest of the season. ... With 1.5 sacks Sunday, Jared Allen now has 14 of Rodgers. ... Peterson's 21 carries gives him 1,640 for his career, topping the previous Vikings record of 1,627. ... Green Bay has won 24 of its last 26 regular-season games at home.
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