A tie did little to lift spirits in chilly Green Bay.
Same sentiment in the Vikings' locker room, where one player held tightly to a hot cup of coffee to warm up following a game that started with temperatures in the upper teens.
"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."
For a while, the match was full of heart-racing drama.
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.
Jacksonville and Houston both kicked field goals to open OT in a game on Nov. 18, 2012, then the Texans won it with a touchdown.
Flynn, Rodgers' former backup who was re-signed last week, replaced the ineffective Scott Tolzien and finished 21 of 36 for 218 yards and a touchdown. He nearly led Green Bay back from a 23-7 deficit early in the fourth quarter to a win.
That was it for the scoring. The fans bundled up in parkas and knit caps to brave temperatures in the upper teens had to settle for a draw.
Some positives for the Packers: a maligned defense stopped two late fourth-quarter drives; Lacy's running; Flynn's play in relief. And the tie being less damaging than a loss would have been in the division race.
"Looking at the guys' eyes in the huddle, I don't think there was any doubt," Flynn said. "I'm proud of the guys for fighting, but we just have to finish."
Things looked bleak for them early in the fourth quarter after Walsh's 29-yard field gave Minnesota 23-7 lead.
Ponder finished 21 of 30 for 233 yards. Maybe the quarterback carousel has finally come to a halt in Minnesota, though afterward Ponder was focused on a missed opportunity.
"We let it get out of our hands," he said. "It's unfortunate we're not walking away with our third victory."
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