GREEN BAY, Wis.-Kirk Cousins knows all about putting up big yardage and having a game end in a tie.
In 2016, Cousins threw for a career-high 458 yards, but his Washington Redskins tied the Cincinnati Bengals 27-27.
On Sunday, Sept. 16, the 30-year-old quarterback threw for 425 yards but the Minnesota Vikings tied Green Bay 29-29 at Lambeau Field.
"There were times when we could have won it and there were times when the Packers felt like they should have won it," Cousins said. "It will be back to work (Monday) for the next week, and these games are their own entity."
Nevertheless, Cousins continued to show he looks well worth the three-year, $84 million contract he signed with the Vikings in March. He competed 35 of 48 passes with four touchdowns and an interception on a pass that bounced off Laquon Treadwell's hands late in the fourth quarter.
"I thought Cousins played outstanding," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. "I thought he made some outstanding throws, made good decisions."
Cousins, who threw for 293 yards after halftime, spent much of the game looking for Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Thielen caught 12 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown, and Diggs had nine receptions for 128 yards and two touchdowns.
With 31 seconds left in regulation, Cousins threw a 22-yard TD to Thielen, who was on the far right side on the goal line. He then hit Diggs for a 2-point conversion to tie the score 29-29 and force overtime.
"It was basically I was trying to get to the pylon, and it was Kirk's idea to just throw it to the pylon," Thielen said.
The Vikings trailed 20-7 entering the the fourth quarter. The comeback began with Cousins' 3-yard TD pass to Diggs early in the fourth quarter, followed by his 75-yard TD pass to Diggs midway through the quarter that cut the deficit to 23-21.
"(Cousins) just keeps going," Diggs said. "He keeps working. Kirk doesn't get too high or get too low."
Zimmer cries foul
Zimmer was not happy with at least two calls Sunday.
On Minnesota's first possession, Green Bay's Geronimo Allison blocked a Matt Wile punt that Josh Jackson recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.
"The guy lined up on the outside and he twisted inside and he grabbed our center and pulled him to the ground, which you're not supposed to do," Zimmer said.
Zimmer also was displeased with defensive end Danielle Hunter being called for holding in the fourth quarter.
"I thought the call on Danielle on hitting him in the back was terrible," Zimmer said. "He's just rushing and he thought the guy was coming to chip him."
Two Vikings penalties could result in NFL fines. Eric Kendricks was called for roughing the passer in the second quarter and safety Andrew Sendejo for unnecessary roughness in the third quarter for hitting receiver Davante Adams, who was called a "defenseless player."
"I didn't mean to rough (Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers) up or anything," Kendricks said. "I thought he had the ball still. I guess that's on us."
The Vikings, who have had plenty of injury problems on the offensive line, lost tackle Rashod Hill late in the third quarter to an ankle injury. Hill was replaced by Brian O'Neill. Zimmer said after the game that Hill's injury isn't serious.
Return specialist Marcus Sherels was lost in the third quarter with a chest injury. He was replaced by Mike Hughes for punt returns.
Running back Dalvin Cook departed early in overtime with a hamstring injury. He said after the game the injury was not serious.