Since the NFL put over time into effect, ties have become one of the rarest things ever to occur in a game. It’s so rare in fact, that this was the first time in 35-years that the Vikings have finished a game in a tie. That’s long enough ago that if you’re old enough to have seen it happen, you’ve probably gone senile since and forgotten about it anyways.
The tie didn’t do anything to help the Vikings out, as they were already out of the race to get to the playoffs, and it could have hurt them in draft position if teams like the Falcons, Jaguars or Texans are unable to score a 3rd win on the season. (The Jaguars and Texans face each other once more this year, so one of them almost has to get a 3rd win).
However, at the same time the tie has injured the Packers. With the Bears and Lions losing their games today, all the Packers had to do was beat the floundering Vikings to join them atop the division. So let’s all take solace in the fact that the Vikings were at least able to play the role of half a spoiler, keeping the Packers half a game out of the division lead and possibly doing just enough to keep them out of the playoffs.