Sunday, November 24, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Green Bay Packers
By Rob Demovsky
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A few thoughts on the Green Bay Packers' 26-26 tie against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Lambeau Field:
What it means: Well, the Packers' three-game losing streak is over. That's about all you can say about this one. One of the more improbable comebacks in recent Packers history will end up being an almost. Not a loss, but not a win, either. Backup-to-the-backup quarterback Matt Flynn rallied the Packers from a 23-7 deficit and into overtime -- where the Packers scored first on a field goal but couldn't get one last stop. On a day when the NFC North co-leading Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions both lost to fall to 6-5, the Packers couldn't get a share of the division lead. Their first tie since Sept. 20, 1987, left them at 5-5-1.
Stock watch: All those good feelings about backup quarterback Scott Tolzien after he threw for 339 yards a week earlier in his first start against the New York Giants were wiped out on Sunday, when he was inaccurate and ineffective. Packers coach Mike McCarthy pulled Tolzien after he went three-and-out on his first series of the second quarter. Tolzien completed just 7 of 17 passes for 98 yards. He scrambled for the Packers' first touchdown, scoring on a 6-yard run in the first quarter. Flynn, who finished 21-of-36 passing for 218 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, likely will take over as the starter unless Aaron Rodgers can return from his broken collarbone for Thursday's game at Detroit.
All Lacy, all the time: Rookie running back Eddie Lacy turned in one of his most complete games of the season with another 100-yard rushing game (25 carries for 110 yards) and his sixth rushing touchdown of the season. Lacy also was more involved in the passing game than usual. He caught six passes for 48 yards but left the game in overtime with an undisclosed injury.
Early two: Those who have followed me on Twitter over the years know I'm passionate about when to go for the two-point conversion. I've long maintained that doing it with more than eight minutes left in the game is a mistake because you never know what that one point that you're risking might mean. Yet when the Packers went for two with 11:42 left after they had cut the deficit to 23-13, I thought it was a good idea. Turns out, I should have stuck to my own beliefs. Had the Packers kicked the PAT, Mason Crosby's 27-yard field goal with 46 seconds left in regulation would have put the Packers ahead by a point.
What's next: The Packers have their shortest turnaround of the season when they play at Detroit on Thursday in the Lions' annual Thanksgiving Day game.