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A closer look at the Minnesota Vikings tie with the Green Bay Packers

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The Minnesota Vikings played to a 26-26 tie with the Green Bay Packers Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Defensive end Jared Allen said after the game that it felt like a loss.

The Vikings had a 16-point lead with 14 minutes remaining in the game, but surrendered the tying field goal with 46 seconds remaining sending the game to overtime.

The two teams traded field goals in their opening possession of overtime and punts the rest of the way before heading to the locker room without a winner.

Adrian Peterson ran for 146 yards and one touchdown while Toby Gerhart added 91 yards on eight carries.

The game was over when…Marcus Sherels signaled for a fair catch on a punt from Tom Masthay at the Vikings 34-yard line with one second remaining in overtime. The Vikings had one more play, but Sherels had a better chance of running the punt back for a touchdown than the offense did to go 66 yards in one play.

The game turned in the Packers favor when…Matt Flynn led the Packer offense on a nine-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that cut the Vikings lead to 10 points early in the fourth quarter. The drive came immediately after the Vikings kicked a field goal to take a 16-point lead on the second play of the fourth quarter. The Packers offense finally got into a rhythm in the game.

The reason for optimism is…that the Vikings are still playing hard. Fans should still appreciate the effort the team is putting into the game. They could easily have checked out, but haven’t.

The reason to worry is…that the effort could win another game or two and ruin their chances at having the No. 1 overall draft pick in April. The team is still currently in the top five and likely will finish there at the end of the season.

The outlook going forward is…that the Vikings technically still have a chance to make the playoffs and host a Wild Card round game as the NFC North champion. That is as slim a chance as is possible, but still possible. The Vikings need to win out, the rest of the division lose their remaining non-divisional games and the Packers lose at least one of their two remaining divisional games. There is a greater likelihood of getting the No. 1 overall pick in the draft than the No. 4 seed in NFC playoffs. But, still, it is crazy to think that as bad as the Vikings have been this season, they are still alive for a spot in the playoffs.

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