The Minnesota Vikings did everything they could on Sunday to come up with a win, but unfortunately they were only able to leave Green Bay with a tie.
After the first three quarters of Sunday’s matchup with the Green Bay Packers, it appeared that the Minnesota Vikings were on their way to their first loss of 2018.
But thanks to a 22-point fourth quarter by quarterback Kirk Cousins and the rest of the team’s offense, the Vikings managed to tie the game and send it into overtime.
During the overtime period, Minnesota rookie kicker Daniel Carlson had two opportunities to win the game for the Vikings and he missed both. Thanks to those missed kicks, the matchup between Minnesota and the Packers ended up resulting in a 29-29 tie.
Sunday’s final is the Vikings’ first tie since the 2013 season, which also happened to come against Green Bay in Lambeau Field.
It’s a shame Minnesota was unable to come away with the win due to their kicker not doing what he’s paid to do. Especially since a number of Vikings players on their offense had incredible performances out on the field on Sunday.
Cousins finished the matchup against the Packers completing 35 of 48 passes for 425 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. His top two targets, Minnesota receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, both had monster days and combined to haul in 21 passes for 259 yards and three touchdowns.
Despite Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers dealing with a knee injury, he still gave his team hope for a win this week. Although, the Vikings’ defense did a pretty good job containing Rodgers and the rest of the Packers’ offense as Green Bay was only able to end one of their offensive drives with a touchdown on Sunday.
Special teams proved to be the difference maker though in this matchup. Carlson’s three missed kicks and the Packers getting a score on a blocked punt is ultimately what prevented Minnesota from leaving Lambeau Field with a win on Sunday.