Around the NFC North: Week 5

Falcons - 27 :: Packers - 24

Green Bay was involved in another back and forth game on Sunday that ended in another loss.  Atlanta got off to a 10-0 lead after the first quarter before the Packers got within a field goal on a 44-yard TD pass to Donald Driver.  Before halftime, Atlanta extended their lead to 10 points again when Matt Ryan connected with Roddy White for a 22-yard touchdown.

Mason Crosby kicked a 50-yard field goal in the third quarter, and Greg Jennings caught a 25-yard touchdown pass to tie the game about five minutes into the fourth quarter.  Less than three minutes later, though, the Falcons regained the lead on a Jason Elam field goal and again extended it to 10 points on a Michael Turner touchdown run.  The Packers would score a late TD to cut the lead down to three points, but they didn't have enough time to do anything else.

The Packers are now 2-3, and this is what Acme Packing Company had to say following the loss:

Four 100 yard rushers allowed in five games. The only team without one? Detroit. This part of the team is so important because you can't let teams have the ball at the end of a close game and let them run the clock out. You have to stop them and give the offense another chance. In the last two losses against Tampa and Atlanta, both were sealed at the end when the defense couldn't stop the run.

Vikings - 30 :: Saints - 27

Minnesota was part of a wacky game last night against the Saints.  The first quarter featured a blocked field goal that was returned by Antoine Winfield for a touchdown to tie the game up at 7-7 before both teams did make field goals of their own.  In the second quarter, Minnesota scored on a 4-yard pass from Chester Taylor (it was a halfback pass) to Visanthe Shiancoe.  Ryan Longwell added a field goal at the end of the half to give the Vikes a 20-10 lead after two quarters.

The Saints got back in this game thanks to Reggie Bush.  Towards the end of the third quarter Bush took a punt back 71 yards for a touchdown, and he wasn't done yet.  Shortly after Martin Gramatica connected on a 53-yard field goal, Bush returned another punt for a touchdown, this time from 64 yards out.  Bush's second punt return for a TD gave the Saints a 27-20 lead, but Minnesota wasn't about to give up.

Gus Frerotte threw a great pass downfield to Bernard Berrian, who made a stellar catch for a touchdown despite being covered by a defender and getting hit by a teammate.  The TD tied the game up, and it would be more kicking woes for the Saints that opened the door for the Vikings to win.  Gramatica missed a 46-yard field goal attempt at the 2-minute warning, and the Vikings drove right down the field and kicked a 30-yard field goal to take the lead and to win the game after Drew Brees was picked off on a Hail Mary attempt with 2 seconds left.

This was Daily Norseman's reaction to the thrilling victory:

Antoine Winfield.

Reggie Bush.

Gus Frerotte.

Drew Brees.

You may not see a crazier game than this all season.  And, for once, we came out on the right end.

In Week 6, the Lions and Vikings play in a divisional matchup, Chicago heads to Atlanta to do battle with the Falcons, and the Packers take on the Seahawks in Seattle.

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