Vikings and Packers play to a 26-26 tie

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 24, 2013 at 10:17 pm •  Published: November 24, 2013
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Flynn caught a break in overtime after a third-down sack was called off by a holding penalty on Vikings safety Robert Blanton. He followed with three long completions, including a 34-yarder to the leaping Jarrett Boykin to the 7.

Two runs by Eddie Lacy (110 yards on 25 carries) got the Packers to the 2, but Flynn misfired on third down to set up Crosby's kick.

Adrian Peterson had 146 yards and a score on 32 carries. He and Toby Gerhart (91 yards on eight carries) dented the Packers' worn defense in overtime, but could not get in the end zone. The Vikings settled for Walsh's kick.

That was it for the scoring. The fans bundled up in parkas and knit caps to brave temperatures in the upper teens had to settle for a draw.

Some positives for the Packers: a maligned defense stopped two late fourth-quarter drives; Lacy's running; Flynn's play in relief. And the tie being less damaging than a loss would have been in the division race.

"Looking at the guys' eyes in the huddle, I don't think there was any doubt," Flynn said. "I'm proud of the guys for fighting, but we just have to finish."

Things looked bleak for them early in the fourth quarter after Walsh's 29-yard field gave Minnesota 23-7 lead.

Up to that point, Christian Ponder was the best quarterback on the field. He connected with Rhett Ellison for a 12-yard touchdown pass that helped give the Vikings build a 16 point lead.

Ponder finished 21 of 30 for 233 yards. Maybe the quarterback carousel has finally come to a halt in Minnesota, though afterward Ponder was focused on a missed opportunity.

"We let it get out of our hands," he said. "It's unfortunate we're not walking away with our third victory."

Notes: Jennings was booed heartily by Packers fans after the first of his two catches, totaling 29 yards. ... Audie Cole finished with 13 tackles and a sack starting for leading tackler and MLB Erin Henderson, who missed the game for a personal matter. ... CB Sam Shields missed a second straight game for the Packers with a hamstring injury. ... Tolzien finished 7 of 17 for 98 yards, but had an entertaining 6-yard touchdown run in the first quarter after putting a spin move on a defender before stumbling into the end zone. ... The only other tie between the teams was a 10-10 draw on Nov. 26, 1978.

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