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