GREEN BAY, Wis. — Terry Allen couldn't hide or fret for long Sunday. His new coach with the Minnesota Vikings, Dennis Green, wouldn't let him.
Allen bounced back from an overtime fumble, breaking loose on a 45-yard run to set up the game-winning 25-yard field goal by Fuad Reveiz, and the Vikings beat the Green Bay Packers, 23-20, in a meeting of rookie head coaches.
"It would have been easy for the coach to get down on me," said Allen, who rushed for 140 yards in 12 carries. "But I think he knows a lot about football. He knows a running back is going to fumble sometimes.
"I'm glad he did it. Maybe it's a character builder for me."
The Vikings weren't as dominant as they were while outscoring four exhibition opponents, 140-6.
The Packers tied the score, 20-20, on Chris Jacke's 24-yard field goal with 1:57 left in regulation. Then the overtime became a series of slips and errors on a field that was slick because of a fourth-quarter rain.