The Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings played in a game at Lambeau Field yesterday which ended in a very unique way: a tie. The game ended after both the Packers and Vikings had numerous possessions in overtime, but after Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was taken down around midfield and the clock struck zero, the two teams walked away with a number one in the tie column.
The tie left the Packers at 5-5-1 and only a half game back of the division lead thanks to losses by both the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. It was a game the Packers needed to win (or tie) to stay in the playoff mix and luckily for the green and gold, head coach Mike McCarthy made a change at quarterback and finally used Matt Flynn.
Scott Tolzien was given the nod as the starter, but aside from a rushing touchdown in the first quarter, he struggled dearly once again and McCarthy went to Flynn with the Packers trailing by 16.
Flynn led a comeback and got the game to overtime. I have always been a Flynn supporter and said since the day they signed him that he should have started. I still believe he would have beaten the New York Giants and had he started this game against the Vikings, and I believe he would have won this one as well. McCarthy almost let this game get away but fortunately for him, Flynn responded.
The Packers’ backup finished 21-of-36 for 218 yards and a touchdown pass. Most importantly, he did not turn the ball over and made plays that Tolzien just couldn’t make. What is even more impressive was how Flynn constantly got back up after taking several big hits.
It is safe to say that if Aaron Rodgers can’t play this Thursday against the Lions, that Flynn will be the starter. In a game the Packers needed to have and was trailing by 16 points in the fourth quarter, he proved to me and the whole Packers contingent that he was worth the signing and should have started right away!