(GREEN BAY, Wis.) — Two NFC North rivals battled in freezing cold tempatures at Lambeau Field on Sunday, but neither team got to feel the satisfaction of a hard-fought victory.
Backup quarterback Matt Flynn threw for 218 yards as the Green Bay Packers came back from a 16-point deficit to force overtime against the Minnesota Vikings. Both teams were only able to muster field goals in the extra period, resulting in a rare 26-26 tie.
“It’s an empty feeling. You go out there and didn’t lose the game,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “But you feel like you didn’t accomplish what you set out to do.”
The Vikings (2-8-1) opened up a 23-7 lead in the fourth quarter before Flynn and the Packers came storming back to tie the game at 23.
Mason Crosby and Blair Walsh traded field goals in overtime, but neither team provided the score that would end the game.
“I view it as a loss, personally. We gave up a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter,” Vikings defensive end Jared Allen said.
It was the first tie in the NFL since the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers played to a stalemate last season.
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