5 drives that cost the Vikings a win over the Packers in Week 17

(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
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Drive No. 3

A 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty set the Vikings up with 1st-and-10 at the Green Bay 31-yard line. The Packers played quarters coverage and gave the receivers a sizable cushion in hopes of not getting beat deep.

Minnesota ran Adam Thielen on a go-route, and Justin Jefferson slipped on his route, leading to an interception for Kirk Cousins.

It looks like Jefferson may have been trying to break this off into a post in front of the safety, but the throw from Cousins looks like he felt pressure coming off the edge and just decided to put the ball up to his star receiver.

Jefferson attracted so much attention on this play that Jaire Alexander actually took his eyes off of Thielen, which allowed Thielen to get behind Alexander with no safety help as the safety’s attention was on Jefferson.

If Cousins stepped up and threw deep to Thielen, the Vikings likely had themselves a touchdown in a very crucial moment.