Green Bay, Wisconsin – Matt Flynn came off the bench Sunday and rallied the Green Bay Packers to a near win, ultimately a rare 26-26 tie against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. It was just the fourth tie in the NFL since 1998.
The (5-5-1) Packers were trailing, 20-7, midway through the third quarter when Flynn came into the game for Scott Tolzien who wasn’t very effective (completed just seven of 17 passes for 98 yards). Flynn completed 21 of 36 passes fore 218 yards, including a TD.
It was a missed opportunity for GB to win because Chicago and Detroit both lost on Sunday, dropping both teams to 6-5. If they had won, the Packers would have been in a three way tie for first place in the NFC North.
“Looking at the guys’ eyes in the huddle, I don’t think there was any doubt,” Flynn told the Associated Press afterward. “I’m proud of the guys for fighting, but we just have to finish.”
Flynn was released by the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills this season and he signed with GB on November 12th to give them some depth at the quarterback position since Seneca Wallace got hurt (season-ending groin injury) as the replacement starter for injured Aaron Rodgers (out with a broken collarbone). Tolzien was activated from the practice squad but proved to be a poor replacement.
Flynn started his career in Green Bay back in 2008 when he was selected in the 7th round of the NFL draft. He sat on the bench for a few seasons until he got a chance to showcase his talent against the New England Patriots in 2010 and against the Detroit Lions in 2011. In March of 2012, Flynn signed with the Seattle Seahawks for 3 years and 20.5 million. He was beat out in preseason by Russell Wilson and spent the season as a backup before playing for the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills this season.
Adrian Peterson led (2-8-1) Minnesota’s offensive attack, he ran for 146 yards on 32 carries and a one-yard touchdown run. Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder had one of his better games of the season, completing 21 of 30 passes for 230 yards and a 12-yard TD pass to Rhett Ellison with 8:29 left in the third quarter.
Eddie Lacy carried the ball 25 times for 110 yards for Green Bay.
Green Bay faces Detroit on Thanksgiving this Thursday in a key Divisional game. Rodgers may be able to play, this was the targeted date for his return to action. If not, Flynn will likely start.
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