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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 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 expiredAuthentic Brett Jones Jersey 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 Womens Anthony Barr Jersey ," Corrente told a pool reporter.Rodgers, 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 UPAccording 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 end of last season for the Minnesota Vikings came suddenly and lopsidedly, falling hard in the NFC championship game a week after soaking in the euphoria of advancing on an improbable last-second touchdown pass.The Super Bowl window didn't shut with that loss in Philadelphia, though. The front office propped it open with a fully guaranteed $84 million contract through 2020 for the best available quarterback in free agency, Kirk Cousins, and followed with big-buck extensions for linebacker Eric Kendricks, defensive end Danielle Hunter and wide receiver Stefon Diggs.Rick Spielman, in his 13th year with the organization, has started his seventh season as general manager. Mike Zimmer is in year five as the head coach. With stable ownership, a new stadium and now a state-of-the-art practice facility and corporate headquarters, the Vikings are as well-built as any franchise in the NFL. All they're missing, alas, is that elusive trophy."We're sure in the heck going to try as hard as we can to do everything the right way to put the team together and to keep this team going," Spielman said.Cousins, of course, will have as much influence on the direction of the club as any player. After three straight seasons of 4,000 passing yards for Washington , Cousins has spent the past six months trying to develop — his command of a new offense, his chemistry with new teammates and his appreciation of a new culture."People here just want to come and work and win," Cousins said. "There's not a lot of other motives or other reasons to be out there."Here are some key angles to follow this season for Minnesota:RECIPE FOR A RUSHING ATTACK: The emphatic return of Dalvin Cook from reconstructive surgery on his left knee has been one of the most encouraging developments for the Vikings during training camp, with no limitations in sight for the second-year running back approaching the 11-month mark of his ACL injury."I put a lot of work in, a lot of time into this thing," Cook said. "You can't be hesitant. I'm not hesitant at all. I'm ready to go. I'm ready to go out. They know they've got to kind of temper me down a little bit because that's just how I am, but they take good care of me around here. That's why I love this organization."Latavius Murray, who rushed for 745 yards and eight touchdowns over the final 10 games of the season, gives the Vikings a proven second option behind Cook, whose promising rookie year was cut short just four games in."He was just getting his feet wet. He was really on the cusp of doing a lot special things. He had some great games," Diggs said. "I really look forward to his success and blocking for him. It'll open up some passes. You know how that works, and we all work off each other."NEW SYSTEM: Cook's pass-catching ability is ideal for the scheme being installed by offensive coordinator John DeFilippo , who was the quarterbacks coach for the Eagles last season. The 40-year-old helped mold Nick Foles from a backup who nearly retired before the previous season into the Super Bowl MVP."That's certainly a ringing endorsement," Cousins said. "I love what they did offensively in Philadelphia."BLOCKING CONCERNS: All that skill-position talent won't be worth much if the offensive line doesn't hold up. Left tackle Riley Reiff was a valuable addition last year, and moving to right guard has given Mike Remmers the best fit. Right tackle Rashod Hill has only seven career starts, however. Center Pat Elflein's status for the opener is iffy at best Womens Andrew Sendejo Jersey , still rehabilitating from offseason shoulder and ankle surgeries. Left guard is up in the air, with Nick Easton likely out for the year with a neck injury.ON THE OTHER SIDE: The depth on the defensive line, on the other hand, is as desirous as ever. Brian Robison took a pay cut to return for a 12th NFL season as the primary backup to Hunter and Everson Griffen. Sheldon Richardson was signed to shore up the tackle spot next to two-time Pro Bowl pick Linval Joseph. Jaleel Johnson, Stephen Weatherly, Ifeadi Odenigbo and Jalyn Holmes, all picks from the past three years, had strong preseason performances.PRESSURE'S ON, KID: The kicking situation has been unsettled as long as Zimmer has been in charge, and that's not about to change as his fifth season begins. The Vikings used a fifth-round draft pick on Auburn's Daniel Carlson and formally awarded the role to the rookie recently when seventh-year veteran Kai Forbath was let go. Carlson hooked two 42-yard field goal tries wide left in the exhibition game four days later."It's part of the job. Every kicker is going to have different misses in different situations," Carlson said. "Luckily this is preseason."

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