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Continued: Vikings, Packers play to 26-26 tie after Green Bay storms back

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 25, 2013 - 11:04 AM

The Vikings committed six defensive penalties in the fourth quarter and overtime alone. A holding penalty on safety Robert Blanton negated a third-down sack by Chad Greenway in overtime. The Packers converted that second chance into a field goal.

“We shot ourselves in the foot with some penalties,” Allen said.

The offense could say the same thing. Clinging to a three-point lead with 3:24 left in regulation, the Vikings went three-and-out. Christian Ponder bobbled the snap on second down and then stumbled for a 3-yard loss. He was sacked on third down.

Ponder’s receivers let him down, too. Patterson, Greg Jennings and Jarius Wright all dropped catchable passes.

On Patterson’s overtime drop, Green Bay’s Davon House got a fingertip on the ball at the last second and Patterson bobbled it as he went out the back of the end zone. The Vikings had to settle for a 35-yard field goal by Blair Walsh.

“No excuse,” Patterson said. “He tipped it. I lost focus a little bit, which I shouldn’t. I’m supposed to come down with that ball, and we’re supposed to win that game.”

Jennings dropped a pass on the next series on third-and-5 near midfield with 2:07 remaining. The former Packer, at the end of his first return visit to Lambeau Field, had a perfectly placed pass bounce off his hands.

“I’d like to have a lot of things back,” Jennings said.

Instead, the Vikings were stuck with a tie and the dissatisfaction of a missed opportunity. As he dressed in a nearly empty locker room, Patterson attempted to put the best possible spin on the outcome.

“Anything is better than a loss right now,” he said.

True, but what happened Sunday was only slightly better.

 

Chip Scoggins • ascoggins@startribune.com

 

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