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Associated Press, Published November 24 2013

Fit to be tied: Packers, Vikings draw at Lambeau

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The boos came down from the Lambeau Field stands after Greg Jennings made his first catch on his old home field as a member of the Minnesota Vikings.

Sunday’s game with the Packers turned out to be memorable for Jennings for a much different reason.

Minnesota let a 16-point lead early in the fourth quarter slip away, and the Vikings and Green Bay could muster only field goals in overtime Sunday to settle for a 26-26 tie.

“It’s not a loss, but to share the sentiments that coach (Leslie) Frazier said, ‘It’s kind of bittersweet,’” Jennings said. “It’s tough, but that’s the game of football.”

Elsewhere in the Vikings locker room, feelings were different. One player held tightly to a hot cup of coffee to warm up following a game that started with temperatures in the upper teens.

“I view it as a loss, personally. We gave up a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter,” defensive end Jared Allen said. “I don’t have a sister, but I’m going to say it’s like going to prom with your sister.”

Backup quarterback Matt Flynn threw for 218 yards to help the Packers storm back from a 23-7 deficit.

Mason Crosby hit from 20 yards at 10 minutes, 28 seconds of the extra period and Blair Walsh connected from 35 with 3:54 left.

Jennings dropped a third-down pass with 2:11 left. The Packers (5-5-1) also stumbled on their next possession.

One last chance for the Vikings (2-8-1) went nowhere with 1 second left, and the teams walked off with the first tie in the NFL since the Rams and 49ers ended 24-24 on Nov. 11, 2012.

“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.”

At least the 77,000-plus frigid fans got to witness a bit of history – this was the first game to end in a tie under the new overtime rule instituted that continues the extra period if both teams open it with field goals. A touchdown by either team would have ended the game.

Jacksonville and Houston both kicked field goals to open OT in a game on Nov. 18, 2012, then the Texans won it with a touchdown.

Adrian Peterson had 146 yards and a score on 32 carries. He and Toby Gerhart (91 yards on eight carries) dented the Packers’ worn defense in overtime, but could not get in the end zone.

Minnesota 3 10 7 3 3 – 26

Green Bay 7 0 0 16 3 – 26

First Quarter

GB – Tolzien 6 run (Crosby kick), 4:59.

Min – FG Walsh 36, 1:37.

Second Quarter

Min – FG Walsh 47, 4:24.

Min – Peterson 1 run (Walsh kick), :50.

Third Quarter

Min – Ellison 12 pass from Ponder (Walsh kick), 8:22.

Fourth Quarter

Min – FG Walsh 29, 14:22.

GB – Lacy 3 run (pass failed), 11:42.

GB – Boykin 6 pass from Flynn (Crosby kick), 3:30.

GB – FG Crosby 27, :46.

Overtime

GB – FG Crosby 20, 10:25.

Min – FG Walsh 35, 3:49.

A – 77,871.

Min GB

First downs 28 30

Total Net Yards 447 494

Rushes-yards 43-232 34-196

Passing 215 298

Punt Returns 2-0 3-8

Kickoff Returns 5-143 3-63

Interceptions Ret. 0-0 0-0

Comp-Att-Int 21-30-0 28-53-0

Sacked-Yards Lost 6-18 2-18

Punts 6-42.8 8-40.8

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0

Penalties-Yards 5-53 7-50

Time of Possession 40:33 34:27

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Minnesota, Peterson 32-146, Gerhart 8-91, Ponder 3-(minus 5). Green Bay, Lacy 25-110, Starks 3-37, Tolzien 2-25, Flynn 4-24.

PASSING: Minnesota, Ponder 21-30-0-233. Green Bay, Flynn 21-36-0-218, Tolzien 7-17-0-98.

RECEIVING: Minnesota, Patterson 8-54, Carlson 3-36, Simpson 2-54, Jennings 2-29, Ellison 2-26, Ford 1-20, Felton 1-7, Gerhart 1-5, Peterson 1-2. Green Bay, J.Jones 7-80, Lacy 6-48, Boykin 5-60, Nelson 4-58, Kuhn 2-29, Quarless 2-22, Bostick 1-24, Starks 1-(minus 5).

MISSED FIELD GOALS: None.