GREEN BAY — Wide right, times two. Daniel Carlson missed two field goals in overtime, including one from 35 yards as time expired, and the Minnesota Vikings had to settle for a 29-29 tie with the Green Bay Packers after rallying from a late 13-point deficit on Sunday. The rookie’s final attempt went to the right of the uprights, just like his kick from 49 earlier in overtime.
Packers kicker Mason Crosby matched a career high with five field goals, but his potential game-winner from 52 went wide left as time expired in regulation.
The tie overshadowed memorable performances from both quarterbacks.
Green Bay star Aaron Rodgers played with a brace on his injured left knee and threw for 281 yards and a score.
But a mishandled handoff with 5:17 left in overtime cost the Packers a chance at another long field-goal attempt. Rodgers recovered the fumble on second-and-1 at the 37, and he was sacked on third down to push Green Bay back to the 47.
Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns, including three in the fourth quarter. He also threw an interception to Ha Ha Clinton-Dix after the ball bounced off the hands of Laquon Treadwell with 2:13 left.
Everything seemed to go the Vikings’ way in the fourth quarter, when they rallied from a 20-7 deficit. Until that point, the Packers had put together the kind of complete performance needed to support Rodgers, who got hurt in Green Bay’s opening victory against Chicago.
Facing double coverage, Adam Thielen still caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Cousins with 31 seconds left on a drive that included a roughing-the-passer penalty on Clay Matthews. Stefon Diggs caught a 2-point conversion pass to tie it at 29.
Rodgers, who finished 30 of 42, didn’t have his typical mobility that allows him to buy time for receivers.
But he was able to move around enough to scramble out of trouble on occasion. Operating out of shotgun or pistol formations also bought Rodgers more time.
The Packers (1-0-1), though, could have used more touchdowns from the offense.
Aaron Rodgers was questionable coming into the day with a left knee injury suffered last week vs. the Bears — before Rodgers returned and the Packers won, 24-23.
The two-time NFL MVP was held out from practice at midweek, but went through the team’s light practice on Saturday.
Receiver Davante Adams was also active for the Packers after he was listed as questionable with a shoulder injury.
The Green Bay Packers were the first to score, after Geronimo Allison blocked a punt and Josh Jackson ran it in for the touchdown.
The Vikings also got on the board in the first — and it was tied up, with 3:04 left in the first quarter.
The teams were tied 7-7 at the end of the first.
The next Packers touchdown was courtesy Davante Adams, after a pass from Aaron Rodgers. The drive included 11 plays for 75 yards gained in 5:36.
The Vikings missed a field goal, and the Packers took over with 1:37 left in the first half, leading 14-7.
Mason Crosby’s 37-yard field goal was good as time ran out in the first half. The Packers led 17-7 at halftime.
The scoring drive included five plays for 43 yards in 1:37.
The Green Bay Packers at halftime honored legend Jerry Kramer, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton this summer.
Aaron Rodgers threw to Jimmie Graham for 34 yards in the third, and then for a touchdown, but a holding penalty wiped out the touchdown and the Packers instead went for a field goal — extending their lead to 20-7.
Mason Crosby helped the Packers extend their lead to 20-7 after a 40-yard field goal. The drive included 10 plays for 67 yards in 5:04.
The Vikings were the first to score in the fourth quarter, cutting the Packers lead to 20-14.
The Packers added to their lead with about 7:35 left in the game with another Mason Crosby field goal — a 31-yarder.
The Vikings scored just after that — with a pass from QB Kirk Cousins to Stefon Diggs. With the extra point, the score was then Packers 23, Vikings 21.
Another Mason Crosby field goal late in the fourth helped the Packers extend their lead to 26-21 with under 2:30 left in the game.
The drive included 10 plays for 39 yards in 5:05.
The Packers answered — with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix getting the interception at the two-minute warning.
Aaron Rodgers threw to Davante Adams in the end zone, but it was ruled incomplete twice. Mason Crosby then successfully kicked his fifth field goal, to bring the score to 29-21. There was then another Packers interception — but it was wiped out by a penalty.
The Vikings scored late in the fourth, with a pass from Kirk Cousins to Adam Thielen. They then tried for a two-point conversion, which was successful — tying tie the game at 29 with :31 left in the game.
With the game tied, Mason Crosby successfully completed a field goal — but the Vikings called a time out. The second field goal attempt was no good — and the game headed into overtime.
The Vikings missed a 49-yard field goal attempt in overtime — and missed another attempt as time ran out, to end the game in a tie at 29.