The Minnesota Vikings pull off epic 33-30 overtime victory over the Buffalo Bills. Vikings came back from a 17-point deficit.
Leading 27-10 in the third quarter and still 10 points ahead with five minutes left in the fourth, the Bills were cruising to a victory. Chaos unfolded around the Bills in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, as the loss took them down to third place in the AFC East division.
Much of the build-up to the game was dominated by questions surrounding Bills QB Josh Allen’s health after he suffered an elbow sprain in Buffalo’s loss to the New York Jets last week. Buffalo was keeping his playing status under wraps all week.
Allen completed a 11-yard touchdown pass to Gabe Davis in the second quarter. The Vikings struggled on offense against a stubborn Bills defense for much of the game, with the score at 27-10 late in the third quarter.
A Vikings resurgence started late in the third with a crazy play from RB Dalvin Cook who ran 81 yards for a touchdown to give the Vikings hope. RB CJ Ham rushed for a three-yard touchdown with just under five minutes left in the fourth quarter to close the Bills lead to three.
Vikings WR Justin Jefferson made arguably the catch of the year, the ball one-handed and somehow keeping hold of it even as he fell to the ground on a key fourth down conversion. Jefferson caught 10 balls for a career-high 193 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Three times in the final minute, the Vikings almost reached the endzone: one score scratched out on review, another fumbled in sight of the goal line and Minnesota QB Kirk Cousins’ attempted sneak stuffed just short as they turned the ball over on downs.
Bills QB Josh Allen tried to sneak out of his own endzone to avoid taking a safety, he fumbled the ball from a botched snap and it was recovered by the Vikings defense for a remarkable defensive touchdown to take a dramatic late lead.
Minnesota successfully converted the extra point to take a 30-27 lead, but still the game wasn’t over. The Bills with 41 seconds to scramble into field goal range to tie the game, and they did with WR Gabe Davis making a controversial catch before Allen threw a 15-yard pass to Isaiah McKenzie who rushed for another 15 yards on fourth down. Tyler Bass eventually converted a field goal on the final drive to take the game to overtime.
The Vikings won the toss and Dalvin Cook made a number of impressive plays to drive his team forward, before another Jefferson catch took them to the Buffalo two-yard line. QB Kirk Cousins failed to lead the team into the endzone. The Vikings settled for a field goal.
The Bills got the ball back and Josh Allen made several impressive scrambles to get inside field goal range and took a few shots at a touchdown to win the game, Buffalo couldn’t convert the chances and Allen threw his second interception of the game to seal the Vikings the win.
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