PACK­ERS 29, VIK­INGS 29

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Green Bay — Wide right, times two. Daniel Carl­son missed two field goals in over­time, in­clud­ing one from 35 yards as time ex­pired, and the Min­nesota Vik­ings had to set­tle for a 29-29 tie with the Green Bay Pack­ers after ral­ly­ing from a late 13-point deficit on Sun­day.

The rookie’s fi­nal at­tempt went to the right of the up­rights, just like his kick from 49 ear­lier in over­time. Carl­son also missed from 48 in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Pack­ers kicker Mason Crosby matched a ca­reer high with five field goals, but his po­ten­tial game-win­ner from 52 went wide left as time ex­pired in reg­u­la­tion.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing when you’ve got an op­por­tu­nity to win the foot­ball game there at the end and you come up with a tie. It’s bet­ter than a loss,” Vik­ings coach Mike Zim­mer said.

It was the sec­ond straight week with a tie in the NFL after the Steel­ers and Browns played to a draw in their opener.

The re­sult at Lam­beau Field over­shad­owed mem­o­rable per­for­mances from both quar­ter­backs.

Green Bay star Aaron Rodgers played with a brace on his in­jured left knee and threw for 281 yards and a 9-yard touch­down pass to Da­vante Adams.

But a mis­han­dled hand­off with 5:17 left in over­time cost the Pack­ers a chance at an­other long field-goal at­tempt. Rodgers re­cov­ered the fum­ble on sec­ond-and-1 at the 37, and he was sacked on third down to push Green Bay back to the 47.

“Close to an ‘L.’ Doesn’t feel great,” Rodgers said about the tie.

Min­nesota’s Kirk Cousins threw for 425 yards and four touch­downs, in­clud­ing three in the fourth quar­ter. He also threw an in­ter­cep­tion to Ha Ha Clin­tonDix after the ball bounced off the hands of Laquon Tread­well with 2:13 left.

Ev­ery­thing seemed to go the Vik­ings’ way in the fourth, when they ral­lied from a 20-7 deficit. Un­til that point, the Pack­ers had put to­gether the kind of com­plete per­for­mance needed to sup­port Rodgers, who got hurt in Green Bay’s open­ing vic­tory against Chicago.

Fac­ing dou­ble cov­er­age, Adam Thie­len still caught a 22-yard touch­down pass from Cousins with 31 sec­onds left on a drive that in­cluded a rough­ing-thep­asser penalty on Clay Matthews. Ste­fon Diggs caught a 2-point con­ver­sion pass to tie it at 29.

“I don’t know where to start, to be hon­est with you. I have so many emo­tions run­ning through as far as what a ter­ri­ble call it was,” Matthews said. “At the same time, I don’t know what else to do.”

The penalty negated an in­ter­cep­tion by Jaire Alexan­der with 1:45 left that would have al­lowed the Pack­ers to run out the clock. Ref­eree Tony Cor­rente said the call was not re­lated to the new hel­met-to-hel­met rule.

“He picked up the quar­ter­back and drove him into the ground,” Cor­rente

told a pool re­porter.

Rodgers, who fin­ished 30 of 42, didn’t have his typ­i­cal mo­bil­ity that al­lows him to busy time for re­ceivers.

But he was able to move around enough to scram­ble out of trou­ble on oc­ca­sion. Op­er­at­ing out of shot­gun or pis­tol for­ma­tions also bought Rodgers more time.

The Pack­ers (1-0-1), though, could have used more touch­downs from the of­fense.

They did get one on spe­cial teams after Geron­imo Al­li­son blocked a punt that was re­cov­ered by Josh Jack­son in the end zone for a touch­down.

Thie­len had 12 catches for 131 yards for Min­nesota (1-0-1), while Diggs had nine catches for 128 yards and two scores.

Just for kick­ers: Carl­son said he thought it might have been the first time he had missed three field goals in a game.

“I think I went out each time and it was a new kick,” Carl­son said. “Went out there con­fi­dent, but some­thing ob­vi­ously was off and I’ve got to fix that and help this team.”

The last at­tempt from 35 was set up with the ball placed be­tween the hash marks, but Carl­son still missed.

Just for kick­ers II: Crosby al­most had six field goals, but his first, suc­cess­ful at­tempt from 52 at the end of the reg­u­la­tion was erased be­cause the Vik­ings called time­out right be­fore the snap.

All tied up: Ac­cord­ing to the NFL, this is the first time since 1973 that there were two ties in the first two weeks of the sea­son. The Lions-Pack­ers game, along with the Ea­gles-Giants game, each ended a tie in Week 2 that year.

It’s also the first time in league his­tory that a game ended in a 29-29 tie.

Quotable: “We’re dis­ap­pointed with the out­come. Had a num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties to come away with the win, but the tie, as they say, it is what is.” – Pack­ers coach Mike McCarthy.

In­juries: Vik­ings start­ing right tackle Rashad Hill had to be helped off the field with a right an­kle in­jury in the third quar­ter. He was then carted to the locker room after get­ting to the side­line.

DAN POW­ERS/USA TODAY NET­WORK-WIS­CON­SIN

Wide re­ceiver Da­vante Adams scores a touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter, but the Pack­ers couldn’t make key plays on of­fense or de­fense to clinch a vic­tory against their divi­sion ri­vals.

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