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Cheese Curds, 9/17: Packers should feel let down by tie game against Vikings

While the officiating was awful, the Packers also failed to take advantage of chances to put the game away.

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NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers had a victory snatched from their grasp on Sunday, instead tying the Minnesota Vikings 29-29 after a series of unfortunate events. Those circumstances were a combination of situations of their own making — thanks to some atrocious play in the secondary by veteran players and poor execution in the red zone — and the help of some atrocious officiating.

We’ll touch on both of those topics in today’s cheese curds, as we gnash our teeth about how a 1-0-1 record could impact the rest of the season. However, let’s not forget that the Packers went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the NFL, outplayed them for nearly an entire game, and should have emerged from the game with a victory. When the initial sting of disappointment wears off, this game could well be a building block forward as the 2018 season rolls along.

Jerry Kramer enjoys one more ‘wonderful moment’ |
Before we get into the game itself, let's take a moment to celebrate Kramer, whose name was unveiled in the Packers' ring of honor at Lambeau Field. It's a long-overdue honor, and one that Kramer described as "surreal."

Packers Clay Matthews left frustrated by late roughing passer penalty |
Now to the game. Referee Tony Corrente has some serious explaining to do for his roughing the passer call on Matthews, even after trying to explain it once on Sunday afternoon. He tried to make the case that Matthews picked up Kick Cousins and drove him forcibly into the ground, which anyone with a working pair of eyes can see is not what happened. The only acceptable explanation would be "I blew it."

Winners and losers from Packers’ Week 2 tie with Vikings | Packers Wire
While the refs clearly show up in the "losers" category, it's also worth noting that a pair of veteran defensive backs -- Davon House and Kentrell Brice -- both had awful games.

Vikings-Packers tie will have major NFC North, NFL playoff implications -
We'll look at this a little more closely this week, but the fact that this game ended in a tie means that the week 12 matchup on Sunday night after Thanksgiving very well could be the deciding factor in the division -- and maybe a first-round bye.

Vikings' Carlson on OT misses: 'I let my team down' -
Carlson missed all three of his attempts in the game, from 48, 49, and finally 35 yards. It was a surprise, given Carlson's solid track record in college, but it's clearly an issue with his confidence, as he indicated.

Dozens of flights delayed after suspicious car abandoned at Sky Harbor |
Lesson learned: don't leave your car idling in the dropoff area at an airport to help your significant other check in, because you might end up getting the bomb squad brought in and delaying flights across the entire airport.