GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Daunte Culpepper had what seemed to be the perfect game plan for the Green Bay Packers -- throw the ball up for grabs and let Randy Moss get it.
Three interceptions changed all that.
Culpepper started strong against the Packers on Monday night, throwing for 185 yards in the first half. But as the interceptions mounted and the rain fell, Culpepper's production dropped off as Minnesota's high-powered offense slowed to a crawl in the second half, and the Vikings lost 26-20 in overtime.
"I think Daunte was being very aggressive," Minnesota coach Denny Green said. "He tried to make some throws he shouldn't have."
Culpepper was picked off on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter, the first one returned by Darren Sharper to the Minnesota 39 with the scored tied 10-10. But the Packers went three-and-out -- actually losing yardage on the drive -- ending the scoring threat.
On the Vikings' next possession, Culpepper put it up for Moss in the end zone, only to be picked off by Sharper again.
The third interception came on Minnesota's first possession of the second half. The Packers converted that for Ryan Longwell's 31-yard field goal, their only points off Minnesota's five turnovers.
"I think I made about three bad decisions," Culpepper said. "I wish I could get it back, but I can't.
"You can't make everything happen at one time."
After the rain started coming down harder in the second half -- and Culpepper's throws became increasingly off target -- Minnesota relied almost exclusively on its running game.
On the Vikings' last scoring drive, they ran on six straight plays before Culpepper was sacked for a 7-yard loss. Faced with third-and-17, Culpepper dumped a safe pass to Robert Smith in the flat. He eluded two Packers defenders and raced in for the 45-yard touchdown to make it 20-13.
From the third interception on, Culpepper was 6-of-13, with his only two completions for more than 8 yards going to Smith on the TD pass and a 19-yard completion to Moss to set up what could've been the game-winning field goal if the Vikings hadn't muffed the snap.
Culpepper finished 17-of-34 for 276 yards with two touchdowns. Of his 89 second-half yards, 64 came on the throws to Smith and Moss.
What's more, after throwing eight times to Moss and Cris Carter in the first half for a combined 158 yards, he only hooked up with them three times in the second half for 31 yards.
"I'm not going to make excuses," Culpepper said, declining to blame the wet conditions for the three interceptions. "I just should've made better decisions."
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