Daniel Carlson missed two field goals in overtime, including one from 35 yards as time expired, and the Minnesota Vikings had to settle for a 29-29 tie with the Green Bay Packers after rallying from a late 13-point deficit on Sunday.The rookie’s final attempt went to the right of the uprights, just like his kick from 49 Anthony Barr Jersey earlier in overtime. Carlson also missed from 48 in the second quarter.Packers kicker Mason Crosby matched a career high with five field goals, but his potential game-winner from 52 went wide left as time expired in regulation.“It’s disappointing when you’ve got an opportunity to win the football game there at the end and you come up with a tie. It’s better than a loss,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.It was the second straight week with a tie in the NFL after the Steelers and Browns played to a draw in their opener.The result at Lambeau Field overshadowed memorable performances from both quarterbacks.Green Bay star Aaron Rodgers played with a brace on his injured left knee and threw for 281 yards and a 9-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams .But a mishandled handoff with 5:17 left in overtime cost the Packers a chance at another long field-goal attempt. Rodgers recovered the fumble on second-and-1 at the 37, and he was sacked on third down to push Green Bay back to the 47.“Close to an ‘L.’ Doesn’t feel great,” Rodgers said about the tie.Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns, including three in the fourth quarter. He also threw an interception to Ha Ha Clinton-Dix after the ball bounced off the hands of Laquon Treadwell with 2:13 left.Everything seemed to go the Vikings’ way in the fourth, when they rallied from a 20-7 deficit. Until that point, the Packers had put together the kind of complete performance needed to support Rodgers, who got hurt in Green Bay’s opening victory against Chicago.Facing double coverage, Adam Thielen still caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Cousins with 31 seconds left on a drive that included a roughing-the-passer penalty on Clay Matthews. Stefon Diggs caught a 2-point conversion pass to tie it at 29.“I don’t know where to start, to be honest with you. I have so many emotions running through as far as what a terrible call it was,” Matthews said. “At the same time, I don’t know what else to do.”The penalty negated an interception by Jaire Alexander with 1:45 left that would have allowed the Packers to run out the clock. Referee Tony Corrente said the call was not related to the new helmet-to-helmet rule.“He picked up the quarterback and drove him into the ground,” Corrente told a pool reporter.Rodgers Eric Kendricks Jersey Black Friday , who finished 30 of 42, didn’t have his typical mobility that allows him to busy time for receivers.But he was able to move around enough to scramble out of trouble on occasion. Operating out of shotgun or pistol formations also bought Rodgers more time.The Packers (1-0-1), though, could have used more touchdowns from the offense.They did get one on special teams after Geronimo Allison blocked a punt that was recovered by Josh Jackson in the end zone for a touchdown.Thielen had 12 catches for 131 yards for Minnesota (1-0-1), while Diggs had nine catches for 128 yards and two scores.JUST FOR KICKERSCarlson said he thought it might have been the first time he had missed three field goals in a game.“I think I went out each time and it was a new kick,” Carlson said. “Went out there confident, but something obviously was off and I’ve got to fix that and help this team.”The last attempt from 35 was set up with the ball placed between the hash marks, but Carlson still missed.JUST FOR KICKERS IICrosby almost had six field goals, but his first, successful attempt from 52 at the end of the regulation was erased because the Vikings called timeout right before the snap.ALL TIED UP According to the NFL , this is the first time since 1973 that there were two ties in the first two weeks of the season. The Lions-Packers game, along with the Eagles-Giants game, each ended a tie in week 2 that year.It’s also the first time in league history that a game ended in a 29-29 tie.QUOTABLE“We’re disappointed with the outcome. Had a number of opportunities to come away with the win, but the tie, as they say, it is what is.” — Packers coach Mike McCarthy.INJURIESVikings starting right tackle Rashad Hill had to be helped off the field with a right ankle injury in the third quarter. He was then carted to the locker room after getting to the sideline.UP NEXTVikings: Host the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 23Packers: Visit the Washington Redskins on Sept. 23. The NFL is getting roughed up over its amplified enforcement of roughing-the-passer penalties that has generated head-scratching calls 鈥?and a season-ending injury to a defender trying to comply with the league’s mandate not to land fully on the quarterback.In the offseason, NFL owners asked the league’s competition committee to better protect their prized quarterbacks after Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr broke Packers star Aaron Rodgers‘ collarbone in 2017.So the league dusted off a rarely invoked 24-year-old rule that outlaws defenders from landing on the quarterback with more than half of their body weight.“It helps me out because I’m a quarterback,” said Deshaun Watson of the Texans. “But some of the calls are just kind of crazy.”So inconsistent Trae Waynes Color Rush Jersey , in fact, that Packers linebacker Clay Matthews , whose been whistled three times, suggested the league has gone soft. He argued that what constitutes a clean hit is anybody’s guess nowadays.Defenders who are only allowed to target a strike zone basically consisting of the torso now must also concern themselves with breaking the quarterback’s fall. Or at least doing a “gator roll” where they spin the QB as they tumble to the turf.The gator roll is “an unnatural move when you are trying to tackle a big guy” like Ben Roethlisberger or Andrew Luck, said Bengals defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. “They will shrug you off.”Broncos linebacker Shane Ray said the gator roll isn’t even an option much of the time.“Sometimes you’re at an awkward angle or you might be pushed into him,” Ray said. “It’s chaotic in there when you’ve got all these bodies flying around.”Trying to keep the quarterback safe can also be dangerous to a defender, as it was Sunday when Dolphins DE William Hayes tore his right ACL trying to avoid landing on Raiders QB Derek Carr.“They don’t care about the rest of us getting hurt. Long as the QB is safe,” fumed 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman when he retweeted a video clip of Hayes getting hurt .“Let’s keep it honest, that rule is a tough rule to gauge,” Dolphins defensive tackle Akeem Spence said. “Will is going to make a play, trying to sack the quarterback and then roll off at the end, not trying to put all of his weight and get a sack taken away. He ended up being hurt, and it sucks, because he’s trying to protect the quarterback while still trying to make a play.”There have been 34 roughing-the-passer calls so far. While that works out to just one flag for every 100 pass attempts, it represents a massive increase over previous years. There were 16 such penalties through three weeks last season and 20 the year before that.The lack of consistency and clarity is why “I don’t like the rule,” said Fox’s Troy Aikman, whose Hall of Fame career was cut short by the battering he took during a 12-year stint as Cowboys quarterback.“I think the league overreacted, and I think they will continue to look at it with the controversy that’s been created Danielle Hunter Jersey ,” Aikman said, adding the strict interpretation of the 1995 rule “changes the outcome of games and ultimately will cost some coaches their jobs.”There’s only been a handful of flags, meanwhile, for players lowering their helmet, another point of emphasis, showing that players, coaches and officials have all adjusted accordingly to that rule change.Two people with knowledge of the agenda told The Associated Press that in the regularly scheduled competition committee conference call next week, the roughing-the-passer calls will be discussed. While neither anticipates a change in the rules themselves, it’s possible a de-emphasizing of the “full weight” portion of the rule could occur.That point of emphasis this year has led to all kinds of contentious calls, none more prominent than Matthews’ seemingly legal hit in Week 2 that wiped out a clinching interception of Kirk Cousins, who subsequently rallied the Vikings to a 29-29 tie.“Roughing the Passer calls are absolutely out of control,” Texans star defender J.J. Watt tweeted during the Steelers-Buccaneers Monday night game that featured four such flags.Although Matthews’ hit on Cousins wasn’t deemed a body weight violation, the league’s emphasis on roughing calls clearly played a role in referee Tony Corrente ruling that when Matthews “hit the quarterback, he lifted him and drove him into the ground.”Many critics didn’t buy that explanation nor the justifications for the other calls.“I love the NFL – but it’s crazy the (numbers) being put up by QBs & WRs due to fact that D can’t hit them anymore & can’t lay hands on them downfield,” tweeted Hall of Famer Kurt Warner , the architect of the Rams‘ “Greatest Show on Turf.”“Everyone is running free the entire game (or it’s a penalty)! Don’t get me wrong I LOVE Offense, but better when it’s a fair fight.”The last two men who served as the NFL’s head of officiating 鈥?Mike Pereira and Dan Blandino 鈥?said the league went too far in emphasizing roughing the quarterback and will back off soon because officials are throwing too many flags on plays where the QB isn’t even in danger of getting hurt.“I think we all have felt like it has gone a little too far,” said Pereira https://www.minnesotavikingsshop.com/Latavius-Murray-Jersey , now an analyst for Fox Sports.Pereira said the NFL could tamp down the furor over the rule by having officials only throw flags when defenders lift the quarterback and drive him into the ground 鈥?although he disagrees that’s what Matthews did to Cousins.“We all are pretty much in agreement the Clay Matthews hit on Kirk Cousins really shouldn’t be a foul, and I believe that’s what the competition committee believes,” Pereira said. “How literal do we need to interpret a rule?”Former NFL referee Terry McAulay, now an analyst for NBC, notes the focal point needs to be on whether the defender’s hit included “unnecessary” actions. He refers to a graphic of the rule used on Sunday night’s Patriots-Lions telecast.“We’ve highlighted a couple of words. One is the word ‘unnecessarily,’ and it says a defender should not unnecessarily land on the quarterback,” McAulay explained. “There is nothing about this play (by Matthews on Alex Smith) that is unnecessary. He’s coming off a block and he makes a legal form tackle, and he just happens to end up on top of the quarterback.”The graphic also notes “strive to wrap up.”“That tells me that it needs to be avoidable. Well, there’s nothing unavoidable about this play,” McAulay said. “It just shouldn’t be a foul. I understand technically that it is by rule.”Broncos star Von Miller , who leads the league with 87 1-2 sacks since his rookie year in 2011, said he’s not sure how he’s supposed to tackle the quarterback anymore, so he’ll just stick with his signature move.“I like going for the ball,” said Miller.Because going for the sack is becoming as perilous for the pass rusher as it is for the quarterback.___
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