GREEN BAY–Matt Flynn revived his career with one of the most dramatic comebacks in Packers history, but Flynn and the Packers had to settle for a 26-26 overtime tie with the Vikings at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
The tie left the Packers at 5-5-1, a half game behind the Bears and Lions in the NFC North title race. The 6-5 Bears and Lions each lost on Sunday.
Green Bay won the overtime coin toss and elected to receive. A fortuitous holding penalty against the Vikings gave the Packers a first down. Matt Flynn then fired a bullet over the middle to Jordy Nelson that gained 15 yards to the Packers 42-yard line.
Another pass over the middle, this one to James Jones, gained 22 yards and the Packers had a first down at the Vikings 41. The next pass was even better. It found Jarrett Boykin down the left sideline for 34 yards to the Vikings 7-yard line.
Eddie Lacy carried to the 4-yard line, and then to the 3-yard line, leaving a third-and-goal for the win.
Flynn’s pass for Nelson was incomplete, however, which summoned Mason Crosby to kick a 20-yard field goal that gave the Packers a 26-23 lead and put the game squarely in the hands of the Packers defense.
Adrian Peterson gained 15 yards on third-and-nine. Christian Ponder passed for a first down to the Packers 36-yard line, and then Toby Gerhart found a big hole up the middle for 12 yards. The Vikings were in position to extend overtime or end it.
Again, Gerhart burst up the middle, this time for 11 yards. From the 13, Gerhart gained a yard. The defense then tackled Peterson for a loss of five yards, leaving a third-and-14.
Ponder’s pass went through the hands of rookie Cordarrelle Patterson in the end zone, and the Vikings sent out kicker Blair Walsh. From 35 yards, Walsh was good.
The Vikings held the Packers to a three-and-out and forced a punt that gave the Vikings possession of the ball at their 39-yard line with 3:26 to play.
Green Bay’s defense immediately forced a third-and-five. Ponder threw incomplete for Greg Jennings and the Packers would get the ball back and another chance to win.
From their 9-yard line with 1:59 to play, Flynn threw to Andrew Quarless for 13 yards. Flynn then scrambled for a first down, as time became a second adversary. That’s as far as the drive would go. The Packers would be forced to punt and settle for a tie that sets up a must-win game in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day.
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