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Final gun report: Vikings, Packers tie at Lambeau

Posted by: Chris Miller under Vikings defense, Vikings offense Updated: November 24, 2013 - 3:59 PM

GREEN BAY -- Neither team deserved to win.  And neither did.

The Vikings and Packers played to a 26-26 tie at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

The Vikings were in control of the game, leading 23-7 in the fourth quarter, before collapsing.

Mason Crosby’s 27-yard field goal with 50 seconds left in regulation capped the Green Bay comeback and sent the game into overtime.

Both teams kicked field goals on their first overtime possessions, and both went three-and-out on the second possessions. The Packers had the final chance, getting the ball at the Vikings’ 8 with two minutes left but got three penalties to kill their chances.

Green Bay is 5-5-1 and the Vikings are 2-8-1.

After the Packers kicked a field on the opening possession of overtime, the Vikings started at the 20, needing to at least kick a field goal to keep the game going.  They got a first down on an Adrian Peterson run, and another when Packers defensive back Morgan Burnett was flagged for defensive holding. John Carlson caught a pass for a first down, and Toby Gerhart ran up the middle for consecutive first-down runs, moving the ball to the Packers’ 13. On third down, Christian Ponder’s pass to Cordarrelle Patterson in the end zone was on target, but was tipped and Patterson couldn’t haul it in.  Blair Walsh’s 35-yard field goal tied the score at 26.

The Packers won the toss in overtime and stayed alive on a defensive holding penalty on Robert Blanton after they appeared to go three-and-out.  Jordy Nelson caught a pass from Matt Flynn to set up a first down on the Packers’ 42, then James Jones did the same for a first down at the Vikings’ 41. On the following play, Jarrett Boykin beat Chris Cook on a 34-yard catch, putting the ball at the 7. Eddie Lacy carried to the 3, then to the 2, but Flynn threw incomplete to Nelson on third-and-goal. Crosby then kicked a 20-yard field goal for a 26-23 lead.

Lacy gained 110 yards on 25 carries.

Peterson had 146 rushing yards and Gerhart added 91 for the Vikings.

The Vikings, who led 23-7 with 12 minutes to play, blew that 16-point fourth quarter lead by failing both offensively and defensively.  They gained only one first down in three fourth quarter possessions, and allowed the Packers to gain 173 yards and march downfield three times for scores. Only a failed two-point conversion prevented Green Bay from winning in regulation.

Crosby tied the game at 23-23 with 50 seconds remaining in regulation with a 27-yard field goal.

Flynn led the Packers to a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns, getting Green Bay within 23-20 with 3:30 remaining on a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jarrett Boykin. The Vikings went three-and-out, and Flynn drove Green Bay down for the tying field goal.

Blair Walsh kicked field goals of 36, 27 and 49 yards for the Vikings, who also scored on a 1-yard run by Peterson and a 12-yard pass from Ponder to Rhett Ellison.

Audie Cole led the Vikings with 13 tackles, filling in at middle linebacker for Erin Henderson, who missed the game because of undisclosed personal reasons.

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