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Matt Flynn bails out Packers against Vikings and earns … a tie?

Eric Edholm
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The Green Bay Packers might have lost if they had not made a quarterback change, the way things were going against the Minnesota Vikings. But the Packers didn't win either.

With Matt Flynn replacing a largely ineffective Scott Tolzien, the Packers were able to turn around a 20-7 third-quarter deficit and force overtime. But both teams' offenses stalled in OT, and we saw a 26-26 tie — only the fourth NFL stalemate since 2000.

Perhaps Aaron Rodgers should win the MVP this season. Because the Packers look pretty horrible — on offense and defense — with him not on the field.

Tolzien made a fantastic spin move on a rushing touchdown but had serious problems sustaining drives in the rest of the half. So head coach Mike McCarthy called on Flynn, the once and current backup, from the bullpen to get bailed out.

Flynn, who returned to the club a few weeks ago after being cut by the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills, completed a respectable 21 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown. He came up with some timely scrambles and a huge conversion on a sideline throw to Jarrett Boykin on a terrific catch that helped set up the field goal to start overtime.

But Flynn hit on only three short passes in the remainder of overtime after the Vikings tied it on their first possession, and the game ended all square.

How did Flynn fare? Considering the circumstances, pretty well. He rallied the Packers from two scores down, and though he didn't hit the big plays at the end of the game and seemed confused by the Vikings' pressure, the end result was pretty good all things considered.

Now the Packers have a decision to make. Do they start Flynn in the huge road game against the Detroit Lions next week?

That's one key decision McCarthy must make. But he also has to seriously worry whether his defense — something Rodgers routinely covered for with his greatness — can be at all competitive until Rodgers is back.

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Eric Edholm
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