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Packers hold on for win in Ponders first start

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Another full slideshow of the the Minnesota Vikings taking on the Greenbay Packers at Mall of America Field at the Humbert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, MN on Sunday, October 23, 2011.

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Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Christian Ponder made his first NFL start against the Green Bay Packers giving Vikings fans hope for the future. Only completing 13 passes out 29 attempts, Ponder threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Completing 9 of 16 third down attempts, Ponder escaped the boos that plagued Donvan McNabb all season.

Looking poised and unrattled, Ponder took his first snap as a starting quarterback and launched a 73 yard completion to WR Michael Jenkins for an apparent touchdown. However the call was over turned leaving the Vikings on the one-yard line. Ponder got his first passing touchdown when he scrambled to the right and found Visanthe Shiancoe in the back of the endzone for a quick 7-0 lead. The Packers and Vikings then traded touchdowns, then field goals to end the half 17-10 Vikings.

The second half started out fast for the Packers as Aaron Rodgers completed a 79 yard pass to a wide open Greg Jennings on a blown coverage play. The Packers followed up with another touchdown to Jermichael Finley. Aaron Rodgers went 24/30 with 335 yards and 3 touchdowns with a quarterback rating of 146.5.

Charles Woodson had two interceptions on two consecutive series which led to two Green Bay field goals. The Packers led 33-17 after the third quarter.

Christian Ponder rallied the Vikings and brought the game within six on a 24 yard touchdown pass to Michael Jenkins with eight minutes to play. After a Packers punt, the Vikings had 5:26 remaining to drive the field starting on the one yard line. After two critical third down completions, the Packers defense held and forced the Vikings to punt.

James Starks sealed the win for the Packers with 55 yards on 6 attempts giving the now 7-0 Packers the victory.