Vikings vs Packers Game Ends In 26-26 Tie
Vikings and Packers fans will remember Sunday’s meeting for years to come, and not because either team had a dramatic win. For just the second time in history of the rivalry, the teams tied. Yes, the game that started out as a battle between quarterbacks Scott Tolzien and Christian Ponder, ended tied 26-26. Only adding to the bizarre ending, Tolzien was replaced by Matt Flynn in the third quarter, and Flynn came off the bench to lead Green Bay from a 20-7 deficit to force overtime tied at 23. Both teams would kick a field goal under the new overtime rules, and then time would expire on a 26-26 tie.
The tie between the Vikings and Packers was the second tie since the NFL modified overtime rules in 2012. Before 2012, a team could win an overtime game on a field goal, but now they have to score a touchdown on the opening drive or they’ll be forced to kick off. On Sunday, the Packers scored on their opening possession of overtime, but they only got a field goal, so the Vikings got a chance to match the score. Green Bay had several cracks from inside the 10-yard line but were unable to get the touchdown. Minnesota tied the game at 26 with a 35-yard field goal from Blair Walsh.
The Packers last tie happened in September 1987 against John Elway and the Broncos. The game was played in Milwaukee and Elway threw three interceptions. Green Bay quarterback Don Majkowski threw for 121 yards in a game the ended 17-17.
The Vikings last tie not only came against the Packers, but it was also almost exactly 35 years ago from Sunday. On Nov. 26, 1978, Green Bay and Minnesota played to a 10-10 draw. That tie is the only other tie in the 107 games played in the history of the rivalry. Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton threw four interceptions in that game, which was also played at Lambeau Field.