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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers' quarterback carousel didn't quite turn up a winner on Sunday.

Matt Flynn replaced ineffective Scott Tolzien and led the Packers to two touchdowns and a field goal on three consecutive possessions to force overtime, but the Packers and Vikings battled to a 26-26 tie at Lambeau Field.

The tie snapped the Packers' three-game losing streak. At 5-5-1, they're still alive in the NFC North after Detroit lost at home to Tampa Bay and Chicago was trounced at Chicago. The Lions and Bears are 6-5, and the Lions host the Packers on Thanksgiving Day.

Green Bay won the overtime toss and looked headed to a three-and-out punt when Flynn was sacked on third-and-9 but safety Robert Blanton was flagged for holding. One play later, Flynn hit Jordy Nelson for 15. Flynn then went deep to Jarrett Boykin, who made a leaping catch against cornerback Chris Cook for 34 to the Vikings' 7.

The Packers settled for a field goal in overtime, however, when Eddie Lacy gained five yards on two carries and Flynn couldn't hit Nelson in the end zone against Blanton. Mason Crosby's 20-yard field goal gave Green Bay a 26-23 lead.

Minnesota's defensive stand meant its offense would get a chance. On third-and-9, running back Adrian Peterson ran for 15. From their 49, quarterback Christian Ponder hit tight end John Carlson for 10 on a bootleg and Toby Gerhart ran for 12 on 11 to the Packers' 13.

Outside linebacker Mike Neal stuffed Peterson's second-down run for a loss of 5. On third-and-14, Ponder threw the ball over cornerback Davon House to wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. House got a finger on the ball and Patterson bobbled the ball and caught ball well out of bounds. Blair Walsh kicked a 38-yard field goal to tie the game with 3:49 to play on overtime.

Green Bay then went three-and-out. Middle linebacker Audie Cole got pressure on a pair of blitzes, including leveling Flynn on third-and-9. The Vikings couldn't do anything, either, with Greg Jennings unable to haul in Ponder's third-and-5 pass.

That gave the Packers the ball at their 10 with 1:59 to go but three penalties doomed any chance at winning the game.

Minnesota (2-8-1) got 146 rushing yards from Peterson and 91 from Toby Gerhart.

Flynn rallied the Packers with back-to-back touchdowns to get within 23-20 with 3:30 remaining, and Green Bay's defense forced a three-and-out after Mike Neal's third-down sack with 2:37 to play.

Starting at the 31-yard line with 2:27 remaining, Flynn hit Jones for 9 and Lacy for 16 to the Vikings' 44 with 1:55 to go. On third-and-6 from the 40, defensive end Brian Robison beat right tackle Marshall Newhouse and hit Flynn to force an incompletion.

On fourth down, Flynn coaxed the Vikings offside and floated a ball as he got hit by linebacker Audie Cole. The ball fluttered down to Jones at the 14 in front of cornerback Marcus Sherels, and he got tackled at the 12.

The Vikings' defense, however, stiffened. They stuffed Lacy on first down, Letroy Guion batted down Flynn's pass on second down and a third-down pass to Jarrett Boykin gained just 3. Mason Crosby hit a 26-yard field goal to tie the game at 23 with 46 seconds remaining.

The Vikings got one first down on the ensuing possession but the drive stalled and the game went to overtime.

The Vikings fell behind 7-0 but scored 23 consecutive points to seize control. They did it behind Peterson, who broke 100 rushing yards for the 41st time in 100 career games, and a strong defensive performance that frustrated Tolzien.

Minnesota took a 20-7 lead midway through the third quarter when Ponder hit fullback Rhett Ellison in the flat for an easy 12-yard touchdown.

NOTES: The Packers had five starters among their inactives -- QB Aaron Rodgers, CB Sam Shields, OLB Nick Perry, RT Don Barclay and DE Johnny Jolly. The Vikings had three -- CB Josh Robinson, MLB Erin Henderson and TE Kyle Rudolph). ... RB Adrian Peterson's first-half touchdown was the 86th rushing score of his career, tying Priest Holmes for 14th all-time. Peterson has had 10-plus rushing touchdowns in each of his seven seasons. ... This was Peterson's 100th career game. His 72 yards in the first half gave him 9,772 for his career, third-most in NFL history behind Jim Brown and Barry Sanders. ... Vikings rookie WR/KOR Cordarrelle Patterson, who returned a kickoff for a 109-yard touchdown in the teams' first matchup, returned one for 57 yards to set up Minnesota's first points. ... Former Packers WR Greg Jennings was shut out until a 21-yard reception with about 9:30 left in the third quarter that set up a touchdown. ... It was Green Bay's first tie since 1987, a 17-17 draw back when the Packers played a couple games each season in Milwaukee.
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