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Both Vik­ings, Pack­ers kiss vic­tory good­bye

An old philoso­pher, per­haps Aris­to­tle, Socrates or Bob Dy­lan, once said a tie was like kiss­ing your sis­ter. Not in this case. This one was like kiss­ing a freshly peeled cut in half onion. Icky! It was not great by any stretch of the imag­i­na­tion.

Un­less you had the over on Min­nesota kicker Daniel Carl­son’s missed field goal at­tempts.

The Pack­ers and the hated, but not feared, Min­nesota Vik­ings went at it for 70 min­utes the other day at the Steamy Tun­dra and set­tled noth­ing.

When the fi­nal gun went off, the score­board read Green Bay 29, Min­nesota 29.

But it was there for the tak­ing. Boy was it there for the tak­ing. And the tie left a bad taste in ev­ery­one’s mouths.

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

Pack­ers kicker Mason Crosby, whose only miss missed a chance for a vic­tory cel­e­bra­tion said, “It’s gross. I don’t like it. Ob­vi­ously, you hate los­ing. A tie is just weird.”

Leave it to Mike McCarthy to put it into per­spec­tive.

“Ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed in the out­come, he said. “We had a num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties to come away with the win, but the tie, as they say, it is what it is.”

The Green and Gold seemed to be in com­mand of the sit­u­a­tion un­til it sur­ren­dered 22 points in the fi­nal 15 min­utes. Davon House ap­par­ently needs MapQuest to find Ste­fon Diggs. Hope­fully some­one will help him out.

Once again, Clay Matthews got a rough­ing-the-passer penalty with the game on the line. The one against the Bears was on him. This one was as bad of a call as putting green bean casse­role on the din­ner ta­ble.

It made no sense at all. Kirk Cousins didn’t even get a grass stain out of it.

“He picked up the quar­ter­back and drove him into the ground,” ref­eree Tony Cor­rente told a pool re­porter. Picked him up? Cousins cer­tainly didn’t have good hang time on that hit. Cor­rente was out in left field on that one and he wasn’t even play­ing base­ball. There goes the Ray-Ban en­dorse­ment deal.

“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 Clay­maker will fig­ure it out well be­fore Cor­rente does.

There was an­other play in over­time that blew up in the Pack­ers’ faces that helped snatch vic­tory from the jaws of a tie. On a sec­ond and one at the Min­nesota 37, the high­est-paid NFL player whose mo­bil­ity was lim­ited, de­cided to make a run for it.

So in­stead of hand­ing off to the ca­pable Ja­maal Wil­liams, Rodgers tried to pull it out of the young man’s bread­bas­ket. This created a dis­as­ter known in foot­ball cir­cles as a fum­ble. Rodgers fell on the ball for a three-yard loss.

“Ja­maal didn’t know I was pulling it,” said Rodgers. “He was try­ing to grab it a lit­tle bit.

“It’s sec­ond and a cou­ple, I’m def­i­nitely get­ting a first down and were inside 50-yard field goal range.”

Soon they were on the out­side look­ing in as Rodgers was sacked on the next play. The Pack­ers never had an­other shot in over­time.

“So dis­ap­point­ing be­cause we had a lot of chances to win that game,” said Rodgers. But they didn’t. They got a tie. It is what it is.

Fear­less fore­casts

Game of the week: Charg­ers at Rams. What do they call this? The Smog Bowl? Do the win­ners get Oxy­gen masks? Rams 31, Charg­ers 28.

Game of the weak: New York Jets at Cleve­land. This is a na­tion­ally tele­vised game. But they put any­thing on TV these days. What­ever hap­pened to Honey Boo Boo? Browns 21, Jets 13, Mir­a­cles 1. Pack­ers at Red­skins: Wash­ing­ton was booed early and of­ten in its loss to the Colts at home. So the Pack­ers will think they are play­ing in Chicago. Pack­ers 38, Red­skins 20.

Vine­lines

Steve Rosen­bloom of the Chicago Tri­bune: “After the first drive of the third quar­ter, the Bears were up 20-0 against their evil, dreaded ri­val with Rodgers hob­bled on a bad knee. Yes, it was all there for Matt Nagy and the Bears. And then they pro­ceeded to choke away ev­ery bit of that lead be­cause, imag­ine, they couldn’t stop a guy who had to be carted off the field in the first half. Pack­ers 24, Bears 23. How epic was this gag job? The Pack­ers were 0-111 when en­ter­ing the fourth quar­ter trail­ing by 17 points or more, ac­cord­ing to ESPN.”...

Norman Chad, syn­di­cated colum­nist: “Aaron Rodgers is bet­ter on one leg than most Vik­ings are on two legs (and I’m talk­ing about the orig­i­nal 8th-cen­tury Scan­di­na­vian pi­rates who kicked butt across Europe).”...

Jimmy Kim­mel, ABC fun­ny­man: “Most of the guys I know stud­ied harder for their fan­tasy-foot­ball draft this year than all of high school and col­lege com­bined.”... Jimmy Fal­lon, NBC fun­ny­man, on the Chiefs and Rams play­ing in Mexico City on Nov. 19: “It’s all part of the league’s plan to com­bine as many things that Don­ald Trump hates as pos­si­ble. It’s re­ally clever. Rosie O’Don­nell is do­ing the half­time show. Jeff Ses­sions is a ref­eree.”

BENNY SIEU / USA TODAY

Vik­ings wide re­ceiver Ste­fon Diggs catches a touch­down pass in the fourth quar­ter past Pack­ers cor­ner­back Davon House.

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