Matt Flynn rallies Packers into overtime against Vikings

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on November 24, 2013 – 3:12 pm


GREEN BAY–The magic returned to Matt Flynn’s right arm at just the right time. He rallied the Packers from a 16-point deficit to a 23-23 tie that sent today’s game against the Vikings into overtime.

After the Vikings kicked a field goal to take a 23-7 lead early in the fourth quarter, the Packers scored on a 3-yard touchdown run by Eddie Lacy. It capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive. Matt Flynn’s pass on a two-point conversion attempt was intercepted, leaving the Packers to trail by two scores, 23-13, with 11:42 to play.

Adrian Peterson gained a first down with a 17-yard run that put him at 119 yards rushing for the day, but the Packers faced a critical third-and-seven play and forced a punt. The Packers took possession at their 24-yard line with 8:40 to play.

Lacy broke loose on a 17-yard run that pushed him near 100 yards rushing, and Flynn threw to Jarrett Boykin for a first down at the Vikings 43-yard line.

The Packers faced a must-make fourth-and-one at the Vikings 28-yard line, and Head Coach Mike McCarthy opted to go for the first down instead of attempting a field goal. Lacy appeared to be stopped two yards deep in the backfield, but the rookie fought through the heart of the Vikings defensive line to get the first down.

Lacy then bowled over defenders with a pass reception that carried to the Vikings 10-yard line. Three plays later, Flynn pitched a 6-yard touchdown pass to Boykin and the Packers trailed by three points, 23-20, with 3:30 to play.

The Packers defense pitched a three-and-out at the Vikings and, following a punt, the Packers had the ball at their 32-yard line with 2:27 to play and no times out remaining.

Green Bay moved across midfield on a short pass to Lacy that Lacy turned into a 16-yard gain. At the two-minute warning, the Packers were 44 yards away from one of the most dramatic comebacks in Packers history.

The game came down to a fourth-and-six play from the Vikings 40-yard line. Following a curious replay review, the Packers connected on a long pass on a free play; the Vikings were offside. Flynn threw to James Jones for 28 yards to the Vikings 12-yard line.

Four plays later, Mason Crosby tied the game at 23-23 with a 27-yard field goal with 46 seconds to play in regulation.

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