GREEN BAY, Wis. —
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.
“I think to everybody around here, it feels like a loss, for sure,” Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk said.
The Packers are also in unfamiliar territory with so much instability at quarterback. It’s been that way since Rodgers — perhaps the most irreplaceable player in the NFL — hurt his left collarbone on the first series of a 27-20 loss to the Bears on Nov. 4 that started the winless string.
Flynn, Rodgers’ former backup who was re-signed last week, replaced the ineffective Scott Tolzien and finished 21 of 36 for 218 yards and a touchdown. He nearly led Green Bay back from a 23-7 deficit early in the fourth quarter to a win.
Flynn caught a break in overtime after a third-down sack was called off by a holding penalty on Vikings safety Robert Blanton. He followed with three long completions, including a 34-yarder to the leaping Jarrett Boykin to the 7.
Two runs by Eddie Lacy (110 yards on 25 carries) got the Packers to the 2, but Flynn misfired on third down to set up Crosby’s kick.
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. The Vikings settled for Walsh’s kick.
That was it for the scoring. The fans bundled up in parkas and knit caps to brave temperatures in the upper teens had to settle for a draw.
Some positives for the Packers: a maligned defense stopped two late fourth-quarter drives; Lacy’s running; Flynn’s play in relief. And the tie being less damaging than a loss would have been in the division race.