Kirk Cousins outduels Rodgers in Vikings-Packers tie

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Amazingly, Packers LB Clay Matthews was flagged for roughing the passer on Cousins to give the Vikings new life on their final drive - and it's the second week in a row Matthews has been guilty of this. But this week? That's unbelievable. The painful thing for this game is that the Packers really should have won. "There were times when we felt we should have won it and there were times when the Packers felt like they should have won it". "(That) had nothing to do with the rule of full body weight", Corrente said, referring to the rule that is being emphasized after Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr essentially ended Aaron Rodgers' season a year ago with a hit that broke the quarterback's collarbone.

Zimmer said the decision on the sideline was to put the ball in the middle of the field because Carlson "drills them" in practice.

"When [Matthews] hit the quarterback, he lifted him and drove him into the ground", Corrente said.

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.

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

Referee Tony Corrente explained after the game officials believed Matthews picked up Cousins and drove him into the ground. The defense showed its flaws as the game went, as they allowed Kirk Cousins to lead a furious comeback.

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"I didn't mean to rough (Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers) up or anything", Kendricks said. He had a chance to be even more of a hero if the Vikings won in OT - but a missed field goal at the last second meant the Vikings and Packers tied at 29, the second tie in the National Football League in two weeks.

"I told (coach Mike McCarthy) in the fourth quarter I was feeling good", Rodgers said. The PI on me when we don't get it later on in the end zone on the other side, it's bad. "But, we're learning and going to move forward". And you know what they're gonna say?

Zimmer also was upset about a penalty on defensive end Danielle Hunter, saying, "I thought the call on Danielle, hit in the back, was a bad call". "He's just rushing and he thought the guy was coming to chip him". "I can't say that (word)".

Many had warned that the NFL's new standards for roughing the passer would have a major impact on a result at some point this season, and the time may have come on Sunday. I got my head across, put my hands down. You hit him too hard, they're calling it. It's nearly, 'What do you want us to do?

"I don't even know where to start, to be completely honest with you", Matthews told Michael Cohen of The Athletic, clearly beside himself.

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