Vikings-Packers Box Score (Yahoo!)
A tie is always worse for the better team, of course. The Vikings are going nowhere this season, and the Packers are still contending for the playoffs: they needed the win more. But does a tie give the worst of both possibilities? The Vikings made it tougher on themselves to get the #1 pick (isn't somebody going to go 2-14, with the Vikes going, at worst, 2-13-1?), and the Packers are still contending for the NFC North (they're just a half-game back from Detroit and Chicago, and why don't we call a half-game a jamboree? The Packers are a jamboree out from the division lead).
Who played well? Xavier Rhodes, who had four pass deflections, some solid tackles, and generally played with good awareness and reaction, had his best game of his career. The offensive line didn't hold up well in pass protection, but was pretty dominant in run blocking (232 rush yards is a lot, even in five quarters). For whatever reason the holes seemed cleaner and the runs more direct with Toby Gerhart running the ball. The defensive line was effective at knocking down passes and harrying the passer. Christian Ponder made some good throws (and some dreadful plays), Jerome Simpson had some really nice catches.
For Viking fans, watching the broadcast of games at Green Bay is a lot like watching a game with a Packer fan. The announcers can't stop the mandatory fellatio of Lambeau Field, and by the end the announcers seem to be openly rooting for the Packers, shrieking with gleeful joy at the big plays. By the way, it's possible it was cold today, but I'm not certain.
Shrug, Vikings, let's tie this game. Have a nice week, folks.