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Photos From The Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings NFL Football Game • November 25, 2013

As a sports photographer it’s important to tell the story of the game.  On Sunday November 24, 2013 the Green Bay Packers played the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.   The Packers had lost their previous three games after quarterback Aaron Rodgers went out with a shoulder injury.  So to start the game I got the fan type shots on both sides and then a shot of Aaron Rodgers throwing a few balls out of uniform while the active players warmed up.  That shot was important since it gave  little insight in to how Rodgers was healing.  The rest of the game I think I got some decent action shots, but the game needed in a tie.  I can’t remember ever covering an NFL football game that ended in a tie.  I don’t’ think most of the fans and even some of the players even knew how the over time games got played out anymore.  The sudden death rules changed a few years ago so that the first team to get the ball didn’t just have to kick a field goal.  So time ran out in overtime with the score tied once again after both teams kicked field goals.  No great jubilation and no great dejections.  Just an empty confusing feeling that was tough to show visually.

From a camera gear stand point I switched things up a little.  My main lens during an NFL game usually is a Canon 400mm F2.8.  Canon gave me the opportunity to try out their new 200-400mm F4 zoom lens with a built in 1.4 converter.  I’ll be wiring a blog in the next few weeks to talk about my thoughts on that lens after shooting basketball and football with it.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

Packers fans Scott Schwartz and Justin Sipla recite the poem “Tim The Die Hard Packers Fan” while tailgating before the game.

Viking Boots.

Sidelined with an injury for the fourth straight game Aaron Rodgers throws a few passes before the game.

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews sacks Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder.

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Marcus Sherels tries to take down Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson on a long pass play.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien gets past Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen on his way to scoring a touchdown.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien enjoys a Lambeau Leap with fans after scoring a touchdown.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson finds the end zone for a touchdown.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson celebrates his touchdown.

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy gets past Minnesota Vikings strong safety Jamarca Sanford.

Green Bay Packers inside linebacker A.J. Hawk gets little of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s face mask.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien gets a pass knocked down.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder looks for a receiver.

Halftime marriage proposal at Lambeau Field.

Green Bay Packers cornerback Davon House defends a pass intend for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Mike Neal celebrates defensive stop.

Minnesota Vikings strong safety Jamarca Sanford tries to take down Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn throws a pass downfield.

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook can’t defend pass thrown to Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin.