Rodgers overthrew Jarrett Boykin in the end zone on third-and-7 from the 29, and the Packers looked as if they were going to go for it. But after a Minnesota timeout, McCarthy sent out Crosby, who had missed six of his last 11, including one from 53 yards just before the half.
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.
A 15-yard unnecessary roughness call on Tramon Williams gave Minnesota the ball on the Green Bay 25. But once again, Burnett was there, stepping in front of Kyle Rudolph and snatching the ball at the 13.
The Packers ground out an 11-minute drive before Crosby sealed the win with his third field goal of the day, a 31-yarder. Rodgers made three big third-down conversions to keep the drive alive, running for one and finding Jennings (8 yards) and Randall Cobb (33 yards) on the others.
Rodgers, who turned 29 Sunday, finished 27 of 35 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 1½ 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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