Souhan: No one feels good after tie

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 25, 2013 - 11:05 AM

– Chad Greenway spent four hours playing football in freezing weather. He jogged off Lambeau Field and into the locker room, started to yell, and clapped.

Once.

Then he stopped.

“I was like, ‘Yeah!’ ” Greenway said. “Then I thought, what do we do now?”

When the Vikings and Packers play, they’re supposed to pay homage to Brett Favre.

Sunday, they paid homage to another former Vikings quarterback: Donovan McNabb.

When McNabb quarterbacked the Philadelphia Eagles, he admitted he didn’t know the overtime rules. Sunday, the Vikings tied the Packers 26-26, and admitted they didn’t know how to feel about the overtime rules.

“I’ve never experienced a feeling like this,” fullback Jerome Felton said. “If I had to sum it up in one word, it would be empty. Yeah. Empty.”

Both teams spent six days preparing. The Vikings flew to Appleton, Wis., on Saturday, and bused the half-hour to Lambeau on Sunday. They spent about eight hours at the stadium, then flew home.

Fans bought expensive tickets, paid for expensive parking spots, and sat in the cold for four hours or more.

All to watch two teams walk off the field in mutual ambivalence, having settled nothing.

“A tie is a loss,” defensive end Jared Allen said.

“I don’t think there’s any place for ties in the NFL,” Felton said. “Every game is so important. With a tie, you frustrate the fans, you frustrate the players. Hopefully, they’ll change that rule.”

“Man, of course they should change the rules,” said receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. “No way you should let a grown-men NFL team have a tie game. That takes the fun out of us, and it takes fun out of the fan base.

“I started seeing the fans leaving when they saw that it was going to be a tie.”

Many Vikings said they’d never played in a tie before.

“At least since grade school,” said guard Charlie Johnson.

While a few Vikings seemed offended by existence of ties, a few veterans admitted that a league interested in protecting its players may not be able to stomach playing a sixth quarter. Or a seventh.

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