Larrivee: Packers-Vikings qualifies as 'somewhat bizarre'
Matt Flynn. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A 2-8 team gashing a playoff contender on its hallowed home turf.
A 16-point comeback.
A tie game.
Let's just say those events don't often happen every day to the Green Bay Packers, as they did Sunday in the Packers' 26-26 tie with the Minnesota Vikings.
"It was somewhat bizarre, especially since both sides had their opportunities to win the ball game, but couldn't quite get it done," said Wayne Larrivee, the voice of the Packers, on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."
"The one thing if you're a Packers fan that you can take solace in, they (were) down 23-7 in the 4th quarter and they get the thing tied. They got the game to overtime and at least had a chance to win."
The good news about the first tie in 26 years for the Packers, who are now 5-5-1: they are "still right in the thick of things in the division."
"They actually picked up ground in the division race. Detroit lost at home to Tampa Bay, and Chicago lost on the road convincingly."
All that means the Packers are a half-game behind each of those two teams, and they control their NFC North destiny.
The Packers came back from 23-7 down, mainly on the strength of backup quarterback Matt Flynn's 21-36 for 218 yards and one touchdown pass in less than three quarters of action (including overtime.
"He was able to allow them to run the no-huddle offense. I don't think Scott (Tolzien) has the background yet where he can run that offense. Once they ran the no-huddle offense, that's when they seemed to catch a rhythm."
The Packers gave up 26-plus points for the 4th straight game, a streak where they're 0-3-1. Larrivee reminds us, however, that the Packers' defense isn't just struggling, but majorly banged up. Minnesota gashed that defense for 232 rushing yards.
"(Defensive tackle Johnny) Jolly's absence was huge in more ways than one. Pickett is trying to gut it out. He's playing on one good 'wheel.' That run defense has suffered in the last couple weeks. Teams are getting it done against the Packers...until we get those guys healthy and playing at a higher level, that's going to be the key for the next several weeks."