Cousins’ comeback falls brief, Vikings and Packers tie

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17 Sep 2018, 11:19 IST
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A tie felt odd to Kirk Cousins.

On one hand, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback threw three landing passes within the fourth quarter to assist rally his crew from a 20-7 deficit in opposition to the Inexperienced Bay Packers.

However three missed area targets, together with two in additional time, by rookie Daniel Carlson damage. So did a cross from Cousins that bounced off Laquon Treadwell’s fingers late within the fourth quarter that was intercepted by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

It added as much as a 29-29 tie on Sunday.

“I do not know what to really feel after a tie. I do not know the best way to reply that,” mentioned Cousins, who completed 35 of 48 for 425 yards. “It is a distinctive place to be and pleased with the best way that the entire crew … the best way all people stayed in it and fought.”

If solely the Vikings might convert a kind of area targets into factors.

Carlson’s 35-yarder as time expired in additional time went proper of the uprights, similar to his kick from 49 earlier in additional time. Carlson additionally missed from 48 within the second quarter.

“It is disappointing if you’ve acquired a possibility to win the soccer recreation there on the finish and also you provide you with a tie. It is higher than a loss,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer mentioned.

The end result at Lambeau Discipline overshadowed memorable performances by each quarterbacks.

Inexperienced Bay star Aaron Rodgers performed with a brace on his injured left knee and threw for 281 yards and a 9-yard landing cross to Davante Adams .

However a mishandled handoff with 5:17 left in additional time value the Packers an opportunity at one other lengthy field-goal try. Rodgers recovered the fumble on second-and-1 on the 37, and he was sacked on third all the way down to push Inexperienced Bay again to the 47.

He wasn’t completely satisfied in regards to the tie both.

“Near an ‘L.’ Would not really feel nice,” Rodgers mentioned.

Packers kicker Mason Crosby matched a profession excessive with 5 area targets, however his potential game-winner from 52 went broad left as time expired in regulation.

It was the second straight week with a tie within the NFL after the Steelers and Browns performed to a draw of their opener.

“It is gross. I do not prefer it. Clearly, you hate shedding. A tie is simply bizarre,” Crosby mentioned.

Another notes from the sport:

RODGERS’ KNEE

Rodgers performed properly given his damage. He was sacked 4 instances, although the safety held up comparatively properly, particularly early within the recreation. Whereas he did not have his typical mobility that enables him to purchase time for receivers, he was capable of transfer round sufficient to scramble out of bother occasionally. Working out of shotgun or pistol formations additionally purchased Rodgers extra time.

The quarterback is not positive whether or not he may comply with an identical observe plan forward of subsequent week’s recreation in opposition to the Washington Redskins, although he mentioned he anticipate to play every week. He is unsure if the damage might linger all season.

JUST FOR KICKERS

Carlson mentioned he thought it might need been the primary time he had missed three area targets in a recreation. The final try from 35 was arrange with the ball positioned between the hash marks, however Carlson nonetheless missed. Requested if he needed to decide on a brand new kicker, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer mentioned “I do not know. It is too early. (Normal supervisor Rick Spielman) and I’ve barely talked but.”

JUST FOR KICKERS II

Crosby virtually had six area targets, however his first, profitable try from 52 on the finish of the regulation was erased as a result of the Vikings known as timeout proper earlier than the snap.

ROUGHING IT

Every thing appeared to go the Vikings’ means within the fourth, after they rallied from a 20-7 deficit. Till that time, the Packers had put collectively the form of full efficiency wanted to assist Rodgers, who acquired damage in Inexperienced Bay’s opening victory in opposition to Chicago. After getting a step on his defender, Adam Thielen hauled in a 22-yard landing cross from Cousins with 31 seconds left simply earlier than a security came to visit to assist. A 2-point conversion tied the sport at 29.

The drive included a roughing-the-passer penalty on Clay Matthews that negated an interception by Jaire Alexander with 1:45 left that may have allowed the Packers to expire the clock.

“I do not know the place to begin, to be sincere with you. I’ve so many feelings working by so far as what a horrible name it was,” Matthews mentioned. “On the identical time, I do not know what else to do.”

Referee Tony Corrente mentioned the decision was not associated to the brand new helmet-to-helmet rule.

“He picked up the quarterback and drove him into the bottom,” Corrente instructed a pool reporter.

ALL TIED UP

In response to the NFL , that is the primary time since 1973 that there have been two ties within the first two weeks of the season. The Lions-Packers recreation, together with the Eagles-Giants recreation, every ended a tie within the second week that 12 months. It is also the primary time in league historical past {that a} recreation led to a 29-29 tie.

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