Packers square up against Vikings on Sunday, Aaron Rodgers expected to play


Matthews' penalty on a 4th-down stop late last week could have cost the Packers the win.

Some of the Vikings players said they've never been part of tie, but this isn't the first time the Vikings have tied Packers; back in November 2013, the score ended 26-26.

Cornerback Jaire Alexander picked off a deep throw from Minnesota's Kirk Cousins with Green Bay leading 29-21, but Matthews was called for the hit.

With 36 seconds left, the Vikings needed a touchdown and a two-point conversion to tie the game against the Packers on Sunday. "And he says, 'I love you, too.' ..."

"Last week, okay, shame on me", Matthews said. "This week, that's unbelievable".

"They are going to have their moment".

"Who knows? I'm not going to speak on that, because I can't worry about that".

Even disregarding the strategy of what makes you most likely to pick up first downs there, the Packers' general philosophy in these games where Rodgers is hobbled should be to run the ball more often. This option does have the "dramatic movie comeback" feel to it, and I would much rather have the kickers listed above, but if it comes to money or how many teams need a kicker this week, Walsh could end up being the best available and the team could get him cheap. I don't' know. You let me know. you tell me. There were flags that wiped out a touchdown and others that wiped out a potentially game-clinching interception.

Packers kicker Mason Crosby matched a career high with five field goals, but his potential game-winner from 52 yards went wide left as time expired in regulation.

The league also told officials this season to penalize a defender for landing on a quarterback with most or all his body weight on a hit, which is being called either the Anthony Barr rule or the Aaron Rodgers rule.

Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels said that the new set of rules impacted his thought process during the game, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.

"It feels bad", Carlson said after the game. Some people say the Vikings should have had punter Matt Wile kick field goals in overtime.

It's the second straight week Matthews has been called for roughing at a critical game juncture.

"I thought Cousins played outstanding", Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.

The tie overshadowed memorable performances from both quarterbacks. Rodgers completed a 9-yard play to Geronimo Allison for 2nd and 1 on the Vikings' 37. "You've got a target area the size of a strike zone and then you can't fall on top of them, and then you can't hit them in the knees, and you can't hit them low and you can't hit them in the head so you have to hit them in the strike zone and then you can't fall on them".