GREEN BAY, Wisc. — Well, that was anticlimactic.
Daniel Carlson’s 35-yard field goal as overtime missed wide right, resulting in a 29-29 tie between the Vikings and Packers on Sunday at Lambeau Field.
It was the rookie kicker’s third miss of the game (all were wide right) and caused just the third ever tie between division rivals in their 116th Border Battle.
The Vikings executed a furious comeback in the fourth quarter, erasing a 13-point deficit and forcing the overtime session.
Kirk Cousins had touchdowns of 75 yards to Diggs and 22 to Thielen, as well as a 2-point conversion pass to Diggs that tied the game at 29 with 31 seconds remaining.
Green Bay quickly advanced the ball to the Minnesota 34-yard line in four plays, but Mason Crosby’s 52-yard field goal attempt was wide left.
Carlson missed a 49-yard field goal attempt to end the Vikings first overtime possession.
A well-executed blitz by Mackensie Alexander caused a sack of Aaron Rodgers and forced a punt that resulted in a touchback. The Vikings got the ball back with 3:48 remaining and drove to the Green Bay 17.
Head Coach Mike Zimmer opted to let the clock run down to four seconds before calling a timeout.
Cousins finished 35-of-48 passing for 425 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a passer rating of 118.8 in his first Border Battle.
Thielen led the Vikings with 12 catches for 131 yards and the score. Diggs had nine receptions for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Kyle Rudolph added seven receptions for 72 yards, Dalvin Cook had three catches for 52 yards, including a 24-yarder in overtime before leaving the game with an injury.
Laquon Treadwell had two catches for 23 yards and his first career touchdown, but he also had a pass bounce of his hands and into the arms of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
Special teams undermined the Vikings in the first half.
Minnesota suffered a blocked punt by Geronimo Allison that was recovered in the end zone by Josh Jackson for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead with 7:28 remaining in the first half.
The Vikings also had a 58-yard punt by Matt Wile go into the end zone for a touchback and a 48-yard field goal attempt by Daniel Carlson fly wide right. The miss by the rookie gave Green Bay the ball at the Minnesota 38, and a roughing the passer penalty against Eric Kendricks immediately moved the ball into Vikings territory.
The Packers capitalized with a 37-yard field goal by Mason Crosby as the first half expired to take a 17-7 lead into the locker room.
The series is now 53-60-3 from the Vikings perspective.
Q1, 7:28 remaining
Packers 7, Vikings 0
Josh Jackson recovers blocked punt in end zone (Mason Crosby kick)
Opportunistic: Green Bay took advantage of bad field position for the Vikings. Minnesota’s first possession started at its 8-yard line and included a holding penalty and a sack to pin the Vikings deep.
Q1, 3:04 remaining
Packers 7, Vikings 7
Laquon Treadwell catches 14-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Daniel Carlson kick) [8 plays, 57 yards, 4:24]
Career firsts: Mike Hughes took his first career kickoff return 46 yards to the Vikings 43, and Treadwell recorded his first career touchdown reception to cap the drive.
Q2, 12:28 remaining
Packers 14, Vikings 7
Davante Adams catches a 9-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Crosby kick) [11 plays, 75 yards, 5:36]
Started with a scramble: Rodgers converted a third-and-7 with a scramble to extend the drive early. Green Bay followed with a 16-yard run by Ty Montgomery. Mackensie Alexander was flagged for holding Randall Cobb on a third-and-2 for a new set of downs at the Minnesota 25.
Q2, 0:00 remaining
Packers 17, Vikings 7
Crosby kicks a 37-yard field goal [5 plays, 43 yards, 1:37]
Rough open: A roughing the passer penalty against Eric Kendricks gave Green Bay 15 yards to start the possession.
Q3, 6:32 remaining
Packers 20, Vikings 7
Crosby kicks a 40-yard field goal [10 plays, 67 yards, 5:04]
Costly third-and-11: The Packers converted a third-and-11 with a 16-yard completion to Davante Adams, and Andrew Sendejo was flagged for unnecessary roughness for an additional 15 yards, moving the ball to the Minnesota 18.
Q4, 14:17 remaining
Packers 20, Vikings 14
Stefon Diggs catches a 3-yard pass from Cousins (Carlson kick) [9 plays, 71 yards, 4:02]
Shoestring grab: The Vikings freed up Diggs by putting him in motion before the snap, and he adjusted to a low throw for the touchdown.
Q4, 7:35 remaining
Packers 23, Vikings 14
Crosby kicks a 31-yard field goal [10 plays, 62 yards, 6:42]
Ahead of the chains: Green Bay faced second-and-8 once and had gains of 22, 7, 5 and 4 on first downs.
Q4, 7:18 remaining
Packers 23, Vikings 21
Diggs catches a 75-yard touchdown from Cousins (Carlson kick) [2 plays, 75 yards, :17]
Deep heave: The Vikings used play action, and Cousins hit Diggs in stride against single coverage.
Q4, 2:13 remaining
Packers 26, Vikings 21
Crosby kicks a 48-yard field goal [10 plays, 39 yards, 5:05]
Critical conversion: Rodgers moved the Packers into field-goal range with a 12-yard completion to Allison on third-and-8.
Q4, 1:45 remaining
Packers 29, Vikings 21
Crosby kicks a 36-yard field goal [4 plays, minus-5 yards, :19]
Short field: The Packers were able to pad their lead thanks to a 24-yard interception return by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who corralled a pass that bounced off Treadwell’s hands.
Q4, :31 remaining
Packers 29, Vikings 29
Thielen catches a 22-yard touchdown from Cousins (Cousins conversion pass to Diggs) [8 plays, 75 yards, 1:14]
Second chance: After a roughing the passer penalty negated an interception, Cousins was 5-of-7 passing and had a gain of 4 on a scramble.