Green Bay Packers knot up with Minnesota Vikings, 26-26

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Updated: November 24, 2013
Although most of the media buzz will center around the performance of third-string quarterback Matt Flynn, Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy was the real star of this game.

Although most of the media buzz will center around the performance of third-string quarterback Matt Flynn, Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy was the real star of this game.

The Green Bay Packers entered Week 12 needing a win to keep pace in the NFC North. A loss would have put them out of contention for a Wild Card berth.

They decided to split the difference.

A game marked by fantastic rushing performances but marred by passing and defensive ineptitude ended the only way it should have: in a tie. A 26-26 tie to be exact.

With the embarrassment at the hands of their divisional rivals, the Packers slipped to 5-5-1 (.500), while the Vikings improved to 2-8-1 (.227). Ironically, both teams gained a half-game on the division-leading Detroit Lions, who fell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this afternoon, and the Chicago Bears, who were defeated by the St. Louis Rams.

Bright spots were few and far between for both teams, but running backs Adrian Peterson (32 rushes, 146 yards, one touchdown) for the Vikings and Eddie Lacy (25 carries, 110 yards, one touchdown) for the Packers were two of them. Toby Gerhart (eight carries for 81 yards) also made his presence felt

Taking over for Scott Tolzien with 8:22 remaining in the third quarter, third-string quarterback Matt Flynn made a game of it, completing 21 of 36 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown.

It was in the fourth quarter that Flynn shone. He lead the offense 75 yards to the Minnesota 15-yard line. He scrambled off right guard for nine yards to the six-yard line, where the officials tacked on an additional three yards after flagging defensive end Jared Allen for illegal use of hands.

Eddie Lacy punctuated the drive with a three-yard run up the gut for a touchdown.

On the Packers’ subsequent drive, Flynn marched the offense 70 yards to the Minnesota six-yard line, where he pitched a touchdown strike to wide receiver Jarrett Boykin to pull within three points.

Then when Green Bay got the ball back yet again, he mounted a 69-yard drive highlighted by a 28-yard pass to wide receiver James Jones. After a toss to Boykin failed to get into the end zone, the Packers kicked a 27-yard field goal to knot things up at 23-23.

Minnesota was unable to break the tie in the 46 remaining seconds bequeathed to them, so the game went to overtime. Green Bay won the toss and elected to receive.

A 15-yard pass to Nelson and a 34-yard dart to Boykin helped propel Green Bay deep into Minnesota territory. When an attempt to Nelson from the two-yard line failed, the Packers settled for a 20-yard Mason Crosby field goals.

The Vikings responded with a field goal of their own, and that was the extent of the scoring. A series of ineffectual drives wore the clock down until it expired.

Standouts

Running back Eddie Lacy had an excellent day, averaging 4.4 yards per carry and breaking multiple tackles on almost every rush.

Wide receiver James Jones had 80 receiving yards on seven catches, while Jarrett Boykin chipped in a touchdown and 60 yards on five recepteions.

Outside linebacker Andy Mulumba was credited with recovering the fumble forced by A.J. Hawk, who registered 11 tackles (nine solo) and a sack.

Inside linebacker Brad Jones (10 tackles), outside linebacker Mike Neal (six tackles), and defensive end Mike Daniels all notched a sack of quarterback Christian Ponder.

Slipups

Cornerback Tramon Williams was flagged for illegal contact on a 31-yard pass to wide receiver Jerome Simpson. Safety Morgan Burnett was charged with a 15-yard personal foul on a play in which he gave up a 23-yard gain to Simpson.

Rookie running back Eddie Lacy ran over Minnesota Vikings defenders all game.

Rookie running back Eddie Lacy ran over Minnesota Vikings defenders all game.

In the space of a single drive, left guard T.J. Lang committed a false start infraction, left tackle David Bakhtiari was penalized for a hold, and center Evan Dietrich-Smith was inexplicably called for a false start.

Injuries

Packers defensive end C.J. Wilson was injured in the fourth quarter.

Vikings rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes left with an injury in the fourth quarter but returned. Defensive tackle Letroy Guion was also injured in the same period.

What’s next

The best that can be said about this game is that rookie running back Eddie Lacy has come into his own. The Packer would be foolish not to lean heavily on him going forward, even after starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers returned. It would also appear that Matt Flynn has supplanted Scott Tolzien. For better or for worse, the offense had more of a spark with Flynn at the controlls.

Green Bay can take solace in teh fact that they avoided dropping three home games in a row, but that is cold comfort. They were unable to put away one of the worst teams in the NFC and can’t be feeling optimistic about their playoff prospects at this point.

They travel to Ford Field on Thursday to take on the division-leading Detroit Lions in what may well prove to be the biggest divisional game of the year. If they can’t pull out a victory on Thanksgiving, their season will be effectively over and they might as well start making preparations for next year.

About the author(s)

Rourke Douglas Decker covers the Green Bay Packers beat for Water Cooler Sports. He resides with his family in the Twin Cities. He can be reached for questions or comments at . Connect with .

3090 comments
bee pee
bee pee moderator

I am going to the new article and going to pretend like I didn't see the compliment from Prep.  Too cool for school, son.

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

"Loloins can't even beat their sister in a crank measuring contest."

The day has been won early, my friends. BP, champion.

niemerg1
niemerg1

hey BP... i got a lawyery question for you....Im going to be filling out a claim in small claims court today. the law im going to cite says i can ask for lawyer fees if i win...if i do this pro se, can i still ask for lawyer fees?

Ghost Load
Ghost Load

IF MCCARTHY WOULD HAVE KICKED THE PAT WE WOULD HAVE WON!!! HE KNEW DAMN WELL WE SUCK AND CANT CONVERT A TWO POINT CONVERSION EVER.  FIRE HIM NOW!!!

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

There were three good things about sports this weekend:

1) Blackhawks won at Vancouver with no Hossa. 

2) I went 3-0 in fantasy football and am now in 1st place in 2 of my 3 leagues

3) The Lions lost at home to the 2-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  

Ghost Load
Ghost Load

MOTHER FUCKING FIRE EVERYONE IN THE PACKERS ORGANIZATION!!!!

bee pee
bee pee moderator

Are people appropriately overreacting?

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

Michael Bush had 7 carries for -5 yards and a TD yesterday.

I don't get why they continue to bring him in for short-yardage situations when he continually fails to convert them.  


Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

  

ITS OVER THERE NOW TOO BITCHNUTS

DanOnWis23
DanOnWis23

 They don't really play well when angry.  They tend to do stupid shit both on and off the field when angry.

G & G
G & G moderator

 I second this!

bee pee
bee pee moderator

 You can always ask.  But you shall not receive.

Childerz...
Childerz...

 and 100 bad things.... 99 of those wrapped up in D-Roses's injury. 

DanOnWis23
DanOnWis23

 They should be killed, brought back to life, fired and then killed again.

DanOnWis23
DanOnWis23

 Hey, my uncle who manages the concessions has nothing to do with this.  He invented the Bratzel.

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

 THEN HIRE THEM BACK AND FIRE THEM AGAIN!

DanOnWis23
DanOnWis23

 How does one over-react to a tie?

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

  

Of course. Would you expect any less?

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

  

FLYNN GON FUCK UP THE LIONS SON

IN THEIR FACE

TOUCHDOWN DETROIT
TOUCHDOWN DETROIT

  They play great when angry. When in good shape and in control of division they turn the ball over despite dominating.

niemerg1
niemerg1

  so, should i really ask?

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

  That's probably what Lacy ate that fucked up his Asthma. FIRED!

bee pee
bee pee moderator

  See above.

bee pee
bee pee moderator

  Well, then allow me to say that Minnesota should probably halt construction of the stadium and sell this team to London.  It doesn't deserve to be in America.

With Flynn, THE PACK IS BACK BABY SUPER BOWL BABY

Loloins can't even beat their sister in a crank measuring contest.

Bears.  I almost feel bad making fun of them.  Has there ever been a worse defense in Chicago?

niemerg1
niemerg1

   the law says i can get back twice the value of what i gave them plus court and lawyer fees. i gave them $500

bee pee
bee pee moderator

   In a small claims matter, even with real fees, a judge would be hard pressed to award over $1K.

DanOnWis23
DanOnWis23

  Make sure to request reimbursment for the consignment of claims fee.

niemerg1
niemerg1

   what would be a good number to ask for for lawyer fees

bee pee
bee pee moderator

   You bastid.  Only bad advice from now on.

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

    

"I'd like to cite Furburger vs. The Bumblebee and request payment for my time spent as a chimney sweep."

niemerg1
niemerg1

   so act like a real lawyer?

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

  Also ask for made up fees and invent words. 

bee pee
bee pee moderator

  I mean, whatever.  Judges have done dumber things than award fees to someone who never incurred them.

Make sure to ask for costs (filing fee and the like) legitimately incurred.

bee pee
bee pee moderator

  I meant my effort.

DanOnWis23
DanOnWis23

  He's been calm.  I think he's responding to your call for overreaction.

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

  We don't even know what to do. Our offense is respectable and our defense is awful.