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NFL: Vikings Edge Packers in Monday Night Game


For the second time this National Football League season, Minnesota Vikings kicker Paul Edinger booted a field goal as time expired to edge the rival Green Bay Packers.

In October, Edinger hit a career long 56-yard field goal in the final second to give Minnesota a 23-20 win over visiting Green Bay.

In Monday's contest, Edinger kicked the ball through the uprights from 27 yards out to lift the Vikings 20-17 on the road, and keep Minnesota's playoff hopes alive.

Edinger had kicked a field goal earlier in the fourth quarter to put Minnesota ahead 17-14, but Green Bay tied the game 17-17 with a field goal of its own with only three minutes to go.

Minnesota Quarterback Brad Johnson had a difficult game. He was sacked five times, threw one interception and fumbled twice. Green Bay's star QB Brett Favre also had his troubles, too, throwing two interceptions - one into the hands of Minnesota's Dovonte Edwards who returned it 51 yards for a touchdown at the end of the second half. Favre also passed for 227 yards and two touchdowns.

Ciatrick Fason scored Minnesota's second touchdown in the third quarter.

Monday's victory gives Minnesota a 5-5 record, and puts the Vikings two games behind NFC North division leader Chicago.

Green Bay has won only twice this season, against eight losses, and is in last place in its NFC North division, with six games left in the regular season. The Packers have not had a losing season since Favre became the starting quarterback in 1992.

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