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Green Bay Packers knot up with Minnesota Vikings, 26-26

Although most of the media buzz will center around the performance of third-string quarterback Matt Flynn, Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy was the real star of this game.

Although most of the media buzz will center around the performance of third-string quarterback Matt Flynn, Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy was the real star of this game.

The Green Bay Packers entered Week 12 needing a win to keep pace in the NFC North. A loss would have put them out of contention for a Wild Card berth.

They decided to split the difference.

A game marked by fantastic rushing performances but marred by passing and defensive ineptitude ended the only way it should have: in a tie. A 26-26 tie to be exact.

With the embarrassment at the hands of their divisional rivals, the Packers slipped to 5-5-1 (.500), while the Vikings improved to 2-8-1 (.227). Ironically, both teams gained a half-game on the division-leading Detroit Lions, who fell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this afternoon, and the Chicago Bears, who were defeated by the St. Louis Rams.

Bright spots were few and far between for both teams, but running backs Adrian Peterson (32 rushes, 146 yards, one touchdown) for the Vikings and Eddie Lacy (25 carries, 110 yards, one touchdown) for the Packers were two of them. Toby Gerhart (eight carries for 81 yards) also made his presence felt

Taking over for Scott Tolzien with 8:22 remaining in the third quarter, third-string quarterback Matt Flynn made a game of it, completing 21 of 36 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown.

It was in the fourth quarter that Flynn shone. He lead the offense 75 yards to the Minnesota 15-yard line. He scrambled off right guard for nine yards to the six-yard line, where the officials tacked on an additional three yards after flagging defensive end Jared Allen for illegal use of hands.

Eddie Lacy punctuated the drive with a three-yard run up the gut for a touchdown.

On the Packers’ subsequent drive, Flynn marched the offense 70 yards to the Minnesota six-yard line, where he pitched a touchdown strike to wide receiver Jarrett Boykin to pull within three points.

Then when Green Bay got the ball back yet again, he mounted a 69-yard drive highlighted by a 28-yard pass to wide receiver James Jones. After a toss to Boykin failed to get into the end zone, the Packers kicked a 27-yard field goal to knot things up at 23-23.

Minnesota was unable to break the tie in the 46 remaining seconds bequeathed to them, so the game went to overtime. Green Bay won the toss and elected to receive.

A 15-yard pass to Nelson and a 34-yard dart to Boykin helped propel Green Bay deep into Minnesota territory. When an attempt to Nelson from the two-yard line failed, the Packers settled for a 20-yard Mason Crosby field goals.

The Vikings responded with a field goal of their own, and that was the extent of the scoring. A series of ineffectual drives wore the clock down until it expired.

Standouts

Running back Eddie Lacy had an excellent day, averaging 4.4 yards per carry and breaking multiple tackles on almost every rush.

Wide receiver James Jones had 80 receiving yards on seven catches, while Jarrett Boykin chipped in a touchdown and 60 yards on five recepteions.

Outside linebacker Andy Mulumba was credited with recovering the fumble forced by A.J. Hawk, who registered 11 tackles (nine solo) and a sack.

Inside linebacker Brad Jones (10 tackles), outside linebacker Mike Neal (six tackles), and defensive end Mike Daniels all notched a sack of quarterback Christian Ponder.

Slipups

Cornerback Tramon Williams was flagged for illegal contact on a 31-yard pass to wide receiver Jerome Simpson. Safety Morgan Burnett was charged with a 15-yard personal foul on a play in which he gave up a 23-yard gain to Simpson.

Rookie running back Eddie Lacy ran over Minnesota Vikings defenders all game.

Rookie running back Eddie Lacy ran over Minnesota Vikings defenders all game.

In the space of a single drive, left guard T.J. Lang committed a false start infraction, left tackle David Bakhtiari was penalized for a hold, and center Evan Dietrich-Smith was inexplicably called for a false start.

Injuries

Packers defensive end C.J. Wilson was injured in the fourth quarter.

Vikings rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes left with an injury in the fourth quarter but returned. Defensive tackle Letroy Guion was also injured in the same period.

What’s next

The best that can be said about this game is that rookie running back Eddie Lacy has come into his own. The Packer would be foolish not to lean heavily on him going forward, even after starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers returned. It would also appear that Matt Flynn has supplanted Scott Tolzien. For better or for worse, the offense had more of a spark with Flynn at the controlls.

Green Bay can take solace in teh fact that they avoided dropping three home games in a row, but that is cold comfort. They were unable to put away one of the worst teams in the NFC and can’t be feeling optimistic about their playoff prospects at this point.

They travel to Ford Field on Thursday to take on the division-leading Detroit Lions in what may well prove to be the biggest divisional game of the year. If they can’t pull out a victory on Thanksgiving, their season will be effectively over and they might as well start making preparations for next year.

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bp.
bp. moderator

I am going to the new article and going to pretend like I didn't see the compliment from Prep.  Too cool for school, son.

LKP
LKP

Lions are going to be so angry. Time to destroy the Packers

niemerg1
niemerg1

hey BP... i got a lawyery question for you....Im going to be filling out a claim in small claims court today. the law im going to cite says i can ask for lawyer fees if i win...if i do this pro se, can i still ask for lawyer fees?

AndrewLeT
AndrewLeT

IF MCCARTHY WOULD HAVE KICKED THE PAT WE WOULD HAVE WON!!! HE KNEW DAMN WELL WE SUCK AND CANT CONVERT A TWO POINT CONVERSION EVER.  FIRE HIM NOW!!!

AndrewLeT
AndrewLeT

MOTHER FUCKING FIRE EVERYONE IN THE PACKERS ORGANIZATION!!!!

bp.
bp. moderator

Are people appropriately overreacting?

bp.
bp. moderator

@niemerg1 You can always ask.  But you shall not receive.

DanOnWis23
DanOnWis23

@andylet445 Hey, my uncle who manages the concessions has nothing to do with this.  He invented the Bratzel.

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

@bp.  

Of course. Would you expect any less?

thenichels
thenichels

@Preparation_A But Shaw has a great voice, and James Young is a better than average guitar player.  So, fuck you and your ties!

Childerz...
Childerz...

@Preparation_A AND they ruined it so that a band that truly is a Satanic prophesier can't have the name even though they'd be heavy metal and perform human sacrafices on stage.  

bp.
bp. moderator

@natradamus @bp. Well, then allow me to say that Minnesota should probably halt construction of the stadium and sell this team to London.  It doesn't deserve to be in America.

With Flynn, THE PACK IS BACK BABY SUPER BOWL BABY

Loloins can't even beat their sister in a crank measuring contest.

Bears.  I almost feel bad making fun of them.  Has there ever been a worse defense in Chicago?

Childerz...
Childerz...

@Preparation_A I was watching a documentary on black metal that is predominantly in the Netherlands/ Scandanavian area... and a few of them peform rituals on stage.. from slaying goats and sheep to "raping" virgins 

bp.
bp. moderator

@niemerg1 @bp. I mean, whatever.  Judges have done dumber things than award fees to someone who never incurred them.

Make sure to ask for costs (filing fee and the like) legitimately incurred.

thenichels
thenichels

@Childerz... @thenichels Check out , "A Headbangers Journey".  Pretty good stuff about the evolution of metal, and they have a part about the black metal in that area, where one band went to prison for burning down a church.

Childerz...
Childerz...

@thenichels No it was called Black Metal under Ground my friend shared informed me of it... I found it mildly entertaining but 100% waste of time