Perhaps this was the best way for the Minnesota Vikings' game against the Green Bay Packers to end. In a game that saw both teams rattle off a string of points, it was clear that neither team played well enough for the win.
Both teams had multiple chances to put this game away. The Vikings scored 23 straight points from the end of the first quarter to the beginning of the fourth quarter. It gave the Vikings a 16-point lead with 14:22 left in the game.
Behind Matt Flynn, who took over in the third quarter for Scott Tolzien, the Packers scored 16 straight-points to tie the game at the end of regulation.
A key play in the game was when the Vikings were able to stop the Packers on a two-point conversion following their first touchdown of the fourth quarter. It made the score 23-13 with 11:42 left in the game. If the Packers kick the PAT, then perhaps this game never goes to overtime, and the Packers find themselves in a three-way tie for the NFC North division.
The Vikings looked like two teams in this game—the one that was able to stop the Packers with Tolzien at quarterback, and the one that almost lost to Flynn.
Even though it wasn't a win, there were some noteworthy performances in the game. Here are my takeaways for the game.