GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Packers losing streak without Aaron Rodgers is over, though the frustration continues in Titletown. A tie did little to lift spirits in chilly Green Bay. Backup quarterback Matt Flynn threw for 218 yards and helped spark a rally from a 16-point deficit early in the fourth quarter to the Minnesota Vikings. But the teams could only muster field goals in overtime and had to settle for a 26-26 draw Sunday. "Its an empty feeling. You go out there and didnt lose the game," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "But you feel like you didnt accomplish what you set out to do." 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 dont have a sister, but Im going to say its like going to prom with your sister." For a while, the match was full of heart-racing drama. Mason Crosby hit from 20 yards at 10:28 of the extra period and Blair Walsh connected from 35 with 3:54 left. Greg Jennings, playing his first game at Lambeau Field as a member of the Vikings (3-8-1), dropped a third-down pass with 2:11 left. The Packers (5-5-1) also stumbled on their next possession. One last chance for the Vikings went nowhere with 1 second left, and the teams walked off with the first tie in the NFL since the Rams and 49ers ended 24-24 on Nov. 11, 2012. 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. "I think to everybody around here, it feels like a loss, for sure," Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk said. The Packers are also in unfamiliar territory with so much instability at quarterback. Its been that way since Rodgers -- perhaps the most irreplaceable player in the NFL -- hurt his left collarbone on the first series of a 27-20 loss to the Bears on Nov. 4 that started the winless string. 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. Flynn caught a break in overtime after a third-down sack was called off by a holding penalty on Vikings safety Robert Blanton. He followed with three long completions, including a 34-yarder to the leaping Jarrett Boykin to the 7. Two runs by Eddie Lacy (110 yards on 25 carries) got the Packers to the 2, but Flynn misfired on third down to set up Crosbys kick. Adrian Peterson had 146 yards and a score on 32 carries. He and Toby Gerhart (91 yards on eight carries) dented the Packers worn defence in overtime, but could not get in the end zone. The Vikings settled for Walshs kick. 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 defence stopped two late fourth-quarter drives; Lacys running; Flynns 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 dont think there was any doubt," Flynn said. "Im proud of the guys for fighting, but we just have to finish." Things looked bleak for them early in the fourth quarter after Walshs 29-yard field gave Minnesota 23-7 lead. Up to that point, Christian Ponder was the best quarterback on the field. He connected with Rhett Ellison for a 12-yard touchdown pass that helped give the Vikings build a 16 point 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. "Its unfortunate were not walking away with our third victory." Notes: Jennings was booed heartily by Packers fans after the first of his two catches, totalling 29 yards. ... Audie Cole finished with 13 tackles and a sack starting for leading tackler and MLB Erin Henderson, who missed the game for a personal matter. ... CB Sam Shields missed a second straight game for the Packers with a hamstring injury. ... Tolzien finished 7 of 17 for 98 yards, but had an entertaining 6-yard touchdown run in the first quarter after putting a spin move on a defender before stumbling into the end zone. ... The only other tie between the teams was a 10-10 draw on Nov. 26, 1978. 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Since Farhans tweet, there have been all kinds of speculation as to why Simon would hang them up now, when as recently as a month and a half ago he indicated that he felt like he could play at least one more year. The rumour getting the most traction is that he wasnt offered enough money by Saskatchewan GM Brendan Taman to make another year worth his while. However, sources very close to the situation said on Sunday night that this decision had nothing to do with money. The recent talks between the Rider GM and Simon went fine and did not factor into his decision. Information which makes sense because in all my discussions with the CFLs yardage leader throughout the years he has never made decisions based on money, and there is no reason to think he would start now. Simon was trending on Twitter shortly after it was known that he was retiring, including tweets from many fans wondering why he wouldnt sign a one day contract with the Lions and hold the press conference in BC, since he played there the majority of his career there and racked up 14,756 of his 16,352 career yards as a Lion. Retiring with the team youve played for the bulk of your career with has become ordinary practice for most athletes in all sports. However, since entering the league with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Simon has been anything but ordinary, and has followed his own path. 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He still has gas in the tank and could help a young team like Ottawa for instance, and I consider myself one of many who think he could play at least one more year. However, it sounds like hes decided its time to make the transition into the next phase of his life, and once you have retired in your mind you are not going back, so it will be interesting to see what his new role in the game will be. As initially reported, the official press conference will be held sometime this week in Regina, and will mark the end of the playing career of the most productive receiver in CFL history. But as good as Simon was as a player he is even a better person, and will be successful in anything he does in the future. As I mentioned, it sounds like he will stay in football for now, but I know from previous conversations with him that he would be interested in exploring TV and I for one would welcome him with open arms to our team at TSN, if that opportunity ever presented itself. 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