But the focus from Thielen on this play.
Rodgers missed the majority of practice this past week, wore a bulky brace on his left knee and was limited mobility-wise against one of the NFL's best defenses. This was the first time the Vikings have played in a 10-minute overtime period, which was instituted last season.
But long before that, the Vikings' special teams put them in a hole early when Geronimo Allison blocked a Matt Wile punt and Packers rookie Josh Jackson caught the deflection in the end zone for a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
What enabled Rodgers to be most effective was his protection, most notably on the edge. Right tackle Bryan Bulaga with be our in-studio guest with Chris Roth this week.
Aaron Rodgers is really doing this.
The Packers running backs averaged 4.3 yards per carry today.
Matthews was livid about the call - the second against him in two weeks for roughing the passer. Instead of a Jaire Alexander interception that would have all but sealed a Packers win, the Vikings kept the ball and picked up 15 yards on the penalty.
On the one hand, what a comeback. Both made the aforementioned huge touchdown catches.
Unfortunately for the Vikings, the third time wasn't the charm.
It was a disappointing day for the Vikings defensive line in a key divisional game that will likely have playoff implications.
"Close to an 'L.' Doesn't feel great", Rodgers said about the tie. When they are moving the ball that way they expose Rodgers to less harm in the form of pass rush. Cornerbacks Trae Waynes and Xavier Rhodes had tough matchups but did not give up much. Although it can only happen two to three times per season, these matchups are always interesting to watch. In any event, Cousins walks away from his first Packers game with an understanding of what it will take to pull out victories against a stalwart opponent - and he needs full support from his team to pull it off.
Minnesota: Kirk Cousins showed that he definitely elevates the Vikings offense to another level especially with elite talent on the outside in Diggs and Thielen.