GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Linebacker Clay Matthews didn't feel like celebrating after the Packers could only muster a tie with the Minnesota Vikings despite rallying from a late 16-point deficit.
But in a season full of tough breaks in Green Bay, the 26-26 draw Sunday may not be so bad.
Backup quarterback Matt Flynn threw for 218 yards in helping spark the rally. A winless streak without injured starter Aaron Rodgers stretched to four games, but the Packers remain just a half-game behind the Bears and Lions heading into a Thanksgiving Day showdown in Detroit.
"There you go — it's all in front of us. I think we've just got to get that victory and we'll be OK," Matthews said. "Obviously we're going to need a little help on the other end with other teams, but ... it's a big game this weekend."
Chicago and Detroit, tied for first at 6-5, both lost Sunday. Perhaps the quick turnaround will help the Packers (5-5-1) get over the unusual tie.
The Vikings (2-8-1) will have to wait the full week with the Bears next at home.
"I view it as a loss, personally. We gave up a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter," defensive end Jared Allen said. "I don't have a sister, but I'm going to say it's like going to prom with your sister."
Five things we learned after the first tie in the NFL since the Rams and 49ers ended 24-24 on Nov. 11, 2012.
IN A KNOT: Game-time temperatures in Green Bay hovered in the upper teens. At least the 77,000-plus frigid fans got to witness a bit of history. This was first game to end in a tie under the new overtime rule instituted last year that continues the extra period if both teams open it with field goals. A touchdown by either team would have ended the game.