Posted: 5:02 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013
By Jeff Gray
Matt Flynn came off to bench to lead the Packers on a fourth-quarter comeback, but couldn't separate his team in the overtime period.
Matt Flynn provided a spark off the bench as the Green Bay Packers battled back against the Minnesota Vikings, but the comeback couldn't be completed in overtime as the teams fought to a 26-26 stalemate. The Packers are now 5-5-1 and the Vikings stand at 2-8-1.
The teams traded field goals to begin overtime, with the Packers' Mason Crosby hitting a 20-yard kick on the opening drive and the Vikings' Blair Walsh answering with a 35-yarder to extend the game. Neither team could get into scoring position again as the game ended in the first tie since the 49ers and Rams tied in November of 2012.
Flynn replaced a struggling Scott Tolzien to fuel a 17-point run in the fourth quarter and send the game to overtime. Trailing by three, the Packers drove 60 yards in the final 2:27 of regulation and Crosby hit a 27-yard field goal to send the game to extra time.
Flynn hit Jarrett Boykin with a six-yard touchdown pass with 3:30 remaining to cut the deficit to three.
Tolzien struggled with his accuracy in his second start, going 7-of-17 for just 98 yards before coach Mike McCarthy benched him in the third quarter. Flynn, who spent four years backing up Rodgers and was re-signed two weeks ago, led the Packers down the field for a touchdown in his second drive. Eddie Lacy capped the eight-play, 80-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown plunge to make it 23-13, but the Packers failed to convert on a two-point conversion.
Flynn finished 21-of-36 for 218 yards and a touchdown. Lacy ran for 100 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries, adding another 48 yards receiving.
Adrian Peterson pounded the Packers on the ground, racking up 146 yards as the Vikings built their lead. He pounded in from one yard out with 56 seconds remaining in the half to give Minnesota a 13-7 lead heading into intermission.
Flynn could be a legit fantasy starter if Rodgers isn't ready to go against the Lions on Thanksgiving. Lacy continues to be a reliable play, having scored a touchdown in five of the last six weeks.
No Viking outside of Peterson made any real fantasy contribution. Christian Ponder went 21-of-30 for 233 yards and a touchdown. Greg Jennings had just two catches for 29 yards in his first return to Green Bay.
The Packers entered as five-point favorites, according to Oddsshark.com, and failed to cover in the tie.
Thursday, Nov. 28, 12:30 p.m. ET: Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
Sunday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m. ET: Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings