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Souhan blog: Vikings blow one in Green Bay, still tie

  • Blog Post by: Jim Souhan
  • November 24, 2013 - 3:59 PM

Green Bay _ There is a simple way to look at the Vikings' overtime loss at Lambeau on Sunday.

When they were lucky enough to play against Scott Tolzein, they dominated, and enjoyed having the superior quarterback.

When they were forced to face a career NFL backup with some level of cmopetence, their defense collapsed.

The result was a cmopletely unsatisfying result for both sides: A 26-26 tie that reminded the Vikings of all their flaws.

If you liked dynamic running, the game was a treat all along. Eddie Lacy broke seemingly dozens of tackles on his way to a monster game, and Adrian Peterson showed  little signs of being slowed by his nagging groin injury.

Peterson rushed 32 times for 146 yards and a touchdown. Lacy rushed 25 times for 110 yards and a touchdown, and caught six passes for 48 yards.

The Vikings gave up the game's first score, on a wild scramble by Tolzein, then scored the next 23 points.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy brought in Matt Flynn, the fourth quarterback the Packers have used this month, marking the first time they've used four quarterbacks in a season since 1995.

Flynn immediately sparked the Packers, throwing with more accuracy and rhythm than Tolzein, and the Packers tied the score on a field goal with :46 seconds remaining.

The Packers won the coin flip and took the overtime kickoff. They drove for a feld goal.

The Vikings kicked their own after Toby Gerhart filled in admirably for Peterson.

With Jacksonville and Tampa Bay winning on Sunday, the Vikings are now a half-game better than the teams with the worst records in football. Jacksonville, Houston and Atlanta are 2-9.

Could a tie against the Packers keep the Vikings from the first pick in the draft?

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